How to find table in a database with Oracle SQL Developer

In this tutorial I will show you 3 quick ways to find a table by a name using Oracle SQL Developer.

Option 1: Filter

First option is to use object filter. Select connection and click filter icon.

Then provide table text that should be part of table name. Don't forget about "%" on both sides of string.

Oracle SQL Developer will show you only tables with names fitting this criteria.

To clear filter right click on connection and select Clear Filter.

Option 2: Schema Browser

Second option, most convenient in my opinion, is with use of Schema Browser. To open it right click on the object explorer and choose Schema Browser option:

It will show new tab like below. Use field on the bottom to type in the word you are searching for:

Option 3: Find DB Object

The last option is with the use of Find Database Object feature. To open it do one of the following:

  1. click binocular icon from the toolbar,
  2. right click object explorer and choose Find DB Object option,
  3. go to View main menu and choose Find DB Object option.

Search tab will be opened in the left pane. Type in text you are searching for with "%" on both sides of it and press enter. It will open new tab in main window with the results. You can navigate to table details by clicking its name.

Bonus: Dataedo

Another option is to share schema design and documentation in searchable HTML documents using Dataedo.

With Dataedo you can:

  1. Allow everyone, without access to database or technical knowledge), to discover and search schema
  2. Describe each table and column, with description and a number of custom fields
  3. Explain table relationships, even if they do not have foreign key constraints in a database, and then visualize them with diagrams
  4. Provide meaningful aliases for tables and columns (note on the screen below that one table was found that did not had the keyword in the name, but in alias)
  5. Search and discover tables by names, column names and their aliases
  6. and so much more

Try it yourself.

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