The aggregate function JSON_DATAGUIDE takes a table column of JSON data as input, and returns the data guide as a CLOB. Each row in the column is referred to as a JSON document. For each JSON document in the column, this function returns a CLOB value that contains a flat data guide for that JSON document.

JSON_DATAGUIDE can detect GeoJSON type.


expr is a SQL expression that evaluates to a JSON object or a JSON array.

format options

Use the format options to specify the format of the data guide that will be returned. It must be one of the following values:

  • dbms_json.format_flat for a flat structure.

  • dbms_json.format_hierarchical for a hierarchical structure.

flag options

flag can have the following values:

  • Specify DBMS_JSON.PRETTY to improve readability of returned data guide with appropriate indentation.

  • Specify DBMS_JSON.GEOJSON for the data guide to auto detect the GeoJSON type.

  • Specify DBMS_JSON.GEOJSON+DBMS_JSON.PRETTY for the data guide to auto detect the GeoJSON type and to improve readability of the returned data guide.

A view created with the data guide will have a corresponding column with sdo_geometry type.

Restrictions on JSON_DATAGUIDE

You cannot run this function on a shard catalog server.

See Also:

Oracle Database JSON Developer's Guide for more information on data guides


The following example uses the j_purchaseorder table, which is created in "Creating a Table That Contains a JSON Document: Example". This table contains a column of JSON data called po_document. This examples returns a flat data guide for each JSON document in the column po_document.

       JSON_DATAGUIDE(po_document) "DATA GUIDE"
  FROM j_purchaseorder
  GROUP BY extract(YEAR FROM date_loaded)
  ORDER BY extract(YEAR FROM date_loaded) DESC;

---- ------------------------------------------
2016 [
         "o:path" : "$.PO_ID",
         "type" : "number",
         "o:length" : 4
         "o:path" : "$.PO_Ref",
         "type" : "string",
         "o:length" : 16
         "o:path" : "$.PO_Items",
         "type" : "array",
         "o:length" : 64
         "o:path" : "$.PO_Items.Part_No",
         "type" : "number",
         "o:length" : 16
         "o:path" : "$.PO_Items.Item_Quantity",
         "type" : "number",
         "o:length" : 2
. . .