How to pass a BLOB as a parameter to an Oracle package by using the .NET Managed Provider for Oracle

This article was previously published under Q322796
This step-by-step article describes how to use the .NET Managed Provider for Oracle to pass OracleType.Blob as an Input parameter to an Oracle stored procedure.


The following list outlines the recommended hardware, software, network infrastructure, and service packs that are required:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, or Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • Oracle Client 8.1.7 or later
  • .NET Managed Provider for Oracle
NOTE: To download .NET Managed Provider for Oracle, visit the following Microsoft Web site: This article assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:
  • Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
  • Microsoft ADO.NET fundamentals and syntax

Create the Oracle tables

This sample uses tables that are defined in the Oracle Scott/Tiger schema. By default, the Oracle Scott/Tiger schema is included with a standard Oracle installation.

If this schema does not exist, you must run the following table script for the tables:
Create Table Blobtable(MyID Number, Blobdata Blob)				

Create the Oracle packages

Create the following Oracle package on the Oracle server:
CREATE OR REPLACE package InsertBlobasPROCEDURE TestBlobInsert (BlobParam in blob);end InsertBlob;				
Create the following Oracle package body on the Oracle server:
CREATE OR REPLACE package body InsertBlobasPROCEDURE TestBlobInsert (BlobParam in blob)asbegin  INSERT INTO blobtable (myid,blobdata) values(1,BlobParam);end TestBlobInsert;end InsertBlob;				

Create the Visual Basic .NET application

  1. Follow these steps to create a new Visual Basic Windows Application project:
    1. Start Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.
    2. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Project.
    3. Click Visual Basic Projects under Project Types, and then click Windows Application under Templates. By default, Form1 is added to the project.
  2. On the Project menu, click Add Reference, and then set a reference to the System.Data.OracleClient namespace.
  3. Drag a Button control from the toolbox to the form.
  4. Add the following code at the top of the Code window:
    Imports System.Data.OracleClientImports System.IO					
  5. Add the following code to the Button1_Click event of Form1:
            Dim conn As New OracleConnection("server=Oracle;Uid=uid;pwd=pwd")        Dim filePath As String        Dim bigData As Byte()        Dim t As Date        t = Now        filePath = "C:\mytest.bmp" 'Add the path to the file you want to insert        If Not File.Exists(filePath) Then            ' handle error        End If        Dim fs As Stream = _                    File.OpenRead(filePath)        Dim tempBuff(fs.Length) As Byte        fs.Read(tempBuff, 0, fs.Length)        fs.Close()        conn.Open()        Dim tx As OracleTransaction        tx = conn.BeginTransaction()        Dim cmd As New OracleCommand()        cmd = conn.CreateCommand()        cmd.Transaction = tx        cmd.CommandText = "declare xx blob; begin dbms_lob.createtemporary(xx, false, 0); :tempblob := xx; end;"        cmd.Parameters.Add(New OracleParameter("tempblob", OracleType.Blob)).Direction = ParameterDirection.Output        cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()        Dim tempLob As OracleLob        tempLob = cmd.Parameters(0).Value        tempLob.BeginBatch(OracleLobOpenMode.ReadWrite)        tempLob.Write(tempBuff, 0, tempBuff.Length)        tempLob.EndBatch()        cmd.Parameters.Clear()        cmd.CommandText = "InsertBlob.TestBlobInsert"        cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure        cmd.Parameters.Add(New OracleParameter("BlobParam", OracleType.Blob)).Value = tempLob        Try            cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()        Catch myex As Exception            MsgBox(myex.Message)        End Try        tx.Commit()					
  6. Modify the OracleConnection string as appropriate for your environment.
  7. Change the "Filepath" variable to point to the file that you want to insert into the database.
  8. Press F5 to compile and to run the application.

Additional information

If the column in the table is specified as a "Blob" type, as it is in this scenario, Oracle only accepts a Blob type parameter. You cannot create a Binary Large Object (BLOB) from a byte array. Therefore, the code sample contains the following code:
"declare xx blob; begin dbms_lob.createtemporary(xx, false, 0); :tempblob := xx; end;"				
This code has Oracle create a BLOB and pass the BLOB back as a parameter to the command object. The command object is then assigned to the "TempLob" variable, which is declared as OracleLob.

The OracleTransaction is required by Oracle when modifying any LOB. If you do not have a transaction, you receive the following exception:
An unhandled exception of type 'System.InvalidOperationException' occurred in

Additional information: Modifying a LOB requires that the connection be transacted.
For more information about a similar topic using Visual Basic 6.0, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
185958 How to use ADO GetChunk/AppendChunk with Oracle for BLOB data
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
321718 How to call Oracle stored procedures in Visual Basic .NET with the Microsoft Oracle Managed Provider
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Article ID: 322796 - Last Review: 10/04/2005 17:15:16 - Revision: 4.2

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