Oracle find column, table, string and other database objects

The Find Object functionality can help you search through object names, object DDLs, and table data. On this page, you will find the main principles of searching in dbForge Studio for Oracle.

Utilities that search through Oracle database objects (tables, columns, declarations within functions, or procedures) are often positioned as separate products that you should install and keep up to date. Still, searching through database objects remains a task important enough for you to spend time on deciding which tool to use. With dbForge Studio for Oracle, you can get this functionality along with other useful database management features. You can search through objects in the following cases:

  • Find all tables by column name or part of its name in the Database Explorer tree
  • Search for special characters in Oracle table columns or strings
  • Easily find indexes in Oracle tables
  • Quickly find invalid or locked objects in Oracle database
  • Rename database objects without breaking dependencies

Search for objects name

You can benefit from this option in cases when you need to find instances of the search phrase in the names of Oracle database or schema objects. Type the search phrase in the corresponding field, select the connection and schema(s), enable the checkboxes near required objects, adjust the search options, and start searching.

The application will send a query to the metadata, find the Name column there, and search for instances of the specified phrase. The results will be displayed in the Find Object Results window. From this window, you can start working with found objects.

Search object names

How to find DDL
of all tables in Oracle

The application will obtain DDLs of all schema objects and search for instances of the requested phrase in the text. The search results will contain the object name, its owner, and the line in which the match was found.

Search object DDL

Search for a column name in the Oracle database

Among other things, dbForge Studio for Oracle makes it a lot easier to search column names in Oracle. This feature may come in handy when you are specifically looking for the exact column and do not wish to go through piles of search results that are simply not relevant in your particular case.

Search column names

Easily find a table by column name in all tables

You are looking for a table in your Oracle database and only remember the name of only one column? That is not an obstacle for dbForge Studio. Type in the column name and you will get the table that contains this column in the search results.

Oracle find a table with column name

Search for a string in all tables

dbForge GUI will be able to find any search string in an Oracle database for you regardless of the data type. You can look for a whole text or just type in only one word (or even part of a word) from it.

Depending on what exactly you are looking for: the full text or part of it, the query syntax will change. Without a convenient IDE in hand, one might find it quite challenging to keep up with such transformations. Instead, try dbForge Studio for Oracle to search for a string in columns and tables.

How to search a string in Oracle database

A faster way to find any table name in schemas

If you are in charge of multiple databases in different schemas it might be almost impossible to remember every table and column name out there. That is why it is crucial to know how to look for a table in Oracle regardless of the schema that owns it.

With dbForge Studio for Oracle, you will be able to find a table in any schema. Simply type in its name either in direct or partial entry and the tool will do the rest for you.

How to find table name from view in Oracle

How to find invalid objects in an Oracle table

Oracle is a complex entity where many different objects work together to create harmony. However, changing anything in this complex system can disrupt that harmony, and some of the database objects can become invalid.

In order to recompile the invalid objects in Oracle, you have to search for them first. Instead of looking for a way how to find invalid objects in Oracle, use our convenient GUI for that purpose. Select the objects you would like to compile, save the script changes to a new SQL window or your clipboard, and export the data to a CSV file - all this directly from the user-friendly interface.

How to find invalid objects in Oracle

Conveniently manage Oracle search results

Search results are displayed in the Find Object Results window. From this window, you can navigate to an object in the Database Explorer, open it, generate its scripts, etc.

All these options accelerate your work and make routine tasks easier to accomplish. Besides, the chance of making mistakes is really low as everything is displayed in one window and you can navigate between different objects automatically.

Work with search results


dbForge Studio for Oracle has robust built-in capabilities for searching through Oracle databases. You can search for instances of the specified phrase in object names, object DDLs, and table data. You can then navigate through search results and work with them in various ways. All this functionality is provided by default in dbForge Studio for Oracle along with many other database management tools and features, for example Visual editors for database objects in Oracle.

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Database search (objects and data)