Default: the default database edition on the system


Specifies the database edition from which objects will be exported.

Syntax and Description


If SOURCE_EDITION=edition_name is specified, then the objects from that edition are exported. Data Pump selects all inherited objects that have not changed and all actual objects that have changed.

If this parameter is not specified, then the default edition is used. If the specified edition does not exist or is not usable, then an error message is returned.


  • This parameter is only useful if there are two or more versions of the same versionable objects in the database.

  • The job version must be 11.2 or later. See "VERSION".


The following is an example of using the SOURCE_EDITION parameter:

> expdp hr DIRECTORY=dpump_dir1 DUMPFILE=exp_dat.dmp SOURCE_EDITION=exp_edition EXCLUDE=USER

This example assumes the existence of an edition named exp_edition on the system from which objects are being exported. Because no export mode is specified, the default of schema mode will be used. The EXCLUDE=user parameter excludes only the definitions of users, not the objects contained within users' schemas.

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