Default: There is no default


The REMAP_DATA parameter allows you to specify a remap function that takes as a source the original value of the designated column and returns a remapped value that will replace the original value in the dump file. A common use for this option is to mask data when moving from a production system to a test system. For example, a column of sensitive customer data such as credit card numbers could be replaced with numbers generated by a REMAP_DATA function. This would allow the data to retain its essential formatting and processing characteristics without exposing private data to unauthorized personnel.

The same function can be applied to multiple columns being dumped. This is useful when you want to guarantee consistency in remapping both the child and parent column in a referential constraint.

Syntax and Description


The description of each syntax element, in the order in which they appear in the syntax, is as follows:

schema: the schema containing the table to be remapped. By default, this is the schema of the user doing the export.

tablename : the table whose column will be remapped.

column_name: the column whose data is to be remapped.

schema : the schema containing the PL/SQL package you have created that contains the remapping function. As a default, this is the schema of the user doing the export.

pkg: the name of the PL/SQL package you have created that contains the remapping function.

function: the name of the function within the PL/SQL that will be called to remap the column table in each row of the specified table.


  • The data types of the source argument and the returned value should both match the data type of the designated column in the table.

  • Remapping functions should not perform commits or rollbacks except in autonomous transactions.

  • The use of synonyms as values for the REMAP_DATA parameter is not supported. For example, if the regions table in the hr schema had a synonym of regn, an error would be returned if you specified regn as part of the REMPA_DATA specification.

  • Remapping LOB column data of a remote table is not supported.

  • Columns of the following types are not supported byREMAP_DATA: User Defined Types, attributes of User Defined Types, LONGs, REFs, VARRAYs, Nested Tables, BFILEs, and XMLtype.


The following example assumes a package named remap has been created that contains functions named minus10 and plusx which change the values for employee_id and first_name in the employees table.

> expdp hr DIRECTORY=dpump_dir1 DUMPFILE=remap1.dmp TABLES=employees