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This library is not maintained. Oracle has made there own driver.

Oracle driver for Node.js

A driver to connect to an Oracle database from node.js, leveraging the "Oracle C++ Call Interface" (OCCI) for connectivity. This is most commonly obtained as part of the Oracle Instant Client.

It is known to work with Oracle 10, 11, and 12, and has been mostly tested on Linux, but should also work on OS X and Windows 7+

Basic installation

(See for complete instructions for your platform.)

  • Prerequisites:
    • Python 2.7 (not v3.x), used by node-gyp
    • C++ Compiler toolchain (GCC, Visual Studio or similar)
  • Download the latest Oracle Instant Client Basic and SDK, and extract to the same directory.
  • Set environment variables:

    OCI_VERSION=<10, 11, or 12> # Integer. Optional, defaults to '11'
    NLS_LANG=.UTF8 # Optional, but required to support international characters
  • Create symlinks for libclntsh and libocci in the Instant Client directory (see
  • (Linux) Install libaio
  • Configure the dynamic library path on your platform to include $OCI_LIB_DIR (see
  • npm install oracle to get the latest from


Basic example

var oracle = require('oracle');

var connectData = {
    hostname: "localhost",
    port: 1521,
    database: "xe", // System ID (SID)
    user: "oracle",
    password: "oracle"

oracle.connect(connectData, function(err, connection) {
    if (err) { console.log("Error connecting to db:", err); return; }

    connection.execute("SELECT systimestamp FROM dual", [], function(err, results) {
        if (err) { console.log("Error executing query:", err); return; }

        connection.close(); // call only when query is finished executing

Alternative connection using TNS

Replace the connectData object above with one of the following.

Without tnsnames.ora file:

var connectData = { "tns": connString, "user": "test", "password": "test" };

With tnsnames.ora file:

        (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = localhost)(PORT = 1521))
        (CONNECT_DATA =
            (SERVER = DEDICATED)
            (SERVICE_NAME = orcl)
var connectData = { "tns": "DEV", "user": "test", "password": "test" };

Connection options

The following options can be set on the connection:

  • connection.setAutoCommit(true/false);
  • connection.setPrefetchRowCount(count); Should improve performance with large result sets

Out Params

Following the basic example above, a query using a return parameter looks like this:

        "INSERT INTO person (name) VALUES (:1) RETURNING id INTO :2",
        ['joe ferner', new oracle.OutParam()],
        function(err, results) {
            if ( err ) { ... } 
            // results.updateCount = 1
            // results.returnParam = the id of the person just inserted

The following OUT Params are supported in Stored Procedures:


Specify the return type in the OutParam() constructor:

connection.execute("call myProc(:1,:2)", ["nodejs", new oracle.OutParam(oracle.OCCISTRING)], ...

When using OCCISTRING, the size can optionally be specified (default is 200 chars):

connection.execute("call myProc(:1,:2)", ["nodejs", new oracle.OutParam(oracle.OCCISTRING, {size: 1000})], ...

See tests for more examples.

In/Out Params

The following INOUT param types are supported:


INOUT params are used like normal OUT params, with the optional 'in' paramater value being passed in the options object:

connection.execute("call myProc(:1)", [new oracle.OutParam(oracle.OCCIINT, {in: 42})], ...

Validate connection

To validate whether the connection is still established after some time:

if (!connection.isConnected()) {
    // Do something like retire this connection from a pool


For DATE and TIMESTAMP types, the driver uses the UTC methods from the Javascript Date object. This means the DATE value stored will match the value of new Date().toISOString() on your client machine. Consider this example for a client machine in "GMT-0700":

Table schema:

CREATE TABLE date_test (mydate DATE)

Javascript code:

    var date = new Date(2013, 11, 24, 18, 0, 1);  // Client timezone dependent
    console.log(date.toString());      // Tue Dec 24 2013 18:00:01 GMT-0700 (MST)
    console.log(date.toISOString());   // 2013-12-25T01:00:01.000Z

        "INSERT INTO date_test (mydate) VALUES (:1) " +
            "RETURNING mydate, to_char(mydate, 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS') INTO :2, :3",
        [date, new oracle.OutParam(oracle.OCCIDATE), new oracle.OutParam(oracle.OCCISTRING)],
        function(err, results) {
            console.log(results.returnParam.toString());  // Tue Dec 24 2013 18:00:01 GMT-0700 (MST)
            console.log(results.returnParam1);            // 2013-12-25 01:00:01

Querying large tables

To query large tables you should use a reader:

  • reader = connection.reader(sql, args): creates a reader
  • reader.nextRow(callback): returns the next row through the callback
  • reader.nextRows(count, callback) returns the next count rows through the callback. count is optional and nextRows uses the prefetch row count when count is omitted. Also, you much check for row.length since the reader will continue returning empty arrays once it exceeds the end of the data set provided by the query.
  • connection.setPrefetchRowCount(count): configures the prefetch row count for the connection. Prefetching can have a dramatic impact on performance but uses more memory.


var reader = connection.reader("SELECT * FROM auditlogs", []);

function doRead(cb) {
    reader.nextRow(function(err, row) {
        if (err) return cb(err);
        if (row) {
            // do something with row
            console.log("got " + JSON.stringify(row));
            // recurse to read next record
            return doRead(cb)
        } else {
            // we are done
            return cb();

doRead(function(err) {
    if (err) throw err; // or log it
    console.log("all records processed");

Large inserts or updates

To insert or update a large number of records you should use prepared statements rather than individual execute calls on the connection object:

  • statement = connection.prepare(sql): creates a prepared statement.
  • statement.execute(args, callback): executes the prepared statement with the values in args. You can call this repeatedly on the same statement.


function doInsert(stmt, records, cb) {
    if (records.length > 0) {
        stmt.execute([records.shift()], function(err, count) {
            if (err) return cb(err);
            if (count !== 1) return cb(new Error("bad count: " + count));
            // recurse with remaining records
            doInsert(stmt, records, cb);
    } else {
        // we are done
        return cb();

var statement = connection.prepare("INSERT INTO users (id, firstName, lastName) VALUES (:1, :2, :3)");
doInsert(statement, users, function(err) {
    if (err) throw err; // or log it
    console.log("all records inserted");    


  • Ensure you always close your connection at the end of use to avoid random false oracle errors.
  • Currently no native support for connection pooling (forthcoming; use generic-pool for now.)
  • Currently no support for column type "Timestamp With Timezone" (Issue #67)
  • While the Oracle TIMESTAMP type provides fractional seconds up to 9 digits (nanoseconds), this will be rounded to the nearest millisecond when converted to a Javascript date (a data loss).


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