I'm trying to find a good alternative to SQL Developer for performing queries and scripts on Oracle instances.

I find DBeaver to be an interesting tool, it has a lot of great features, BUT it seems to lack an essential element: The possibility to launch scripts from the filesystem of the client machine in a batch-like way.

For example, in SQL Developer I simply put a file called delta_script.sql that contains:


I execute it as a script and the software executes all of the files in the correct order (provided that they are in the same directory as the delta_script.sql file).

On DBeaver, this does not happen, instead I get a [900] ORA-00900: invalid SQL statement..

How can I manage this to work as expected?

I have tried the following in the delta_script.sql file with no luck:

  • @@ scriptN.sql
  • @/tmp/folder/scriptN.sql
  • @"/tmp/folder/scriptN.sql"
  • @"scriptN.sql"

They're all giving the same error, so I think there's a problem with the "@". I have tried from SQLPlus with the synthax I use on SQL Developer without errors.

  • this would help. dbeaver.jkiss.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=744
    – atokpas
    Mar 3, 2016 at 13:27
  • I was aware of this feature. Like this I'm not able to launch all the script in a folder sequentially.
    – Samuryte
    Mar 3, 2016 at 13:40
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    why are you looking for an alternative to SQLDev? Mar 3, 2016 at 15:18
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    The "@" syntax is a sqlplus directive, also supported by SQL Dev. It is NOT a sql syntax, so there should be no expectation that it would be supported by other client programs. I agree with Jeff, why not just use SQL Dev?
    – EdStevens
    Mar 4, 2016 at 0:21
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    That is not true because with Toad for Oracle you can use the @ as in SQLDev for launching scripts. The reason why I'm looking for a SQL Dev alternative is because I don't find it very stable, it's limited to Oracle and since I have to manage also MySQL and Postgres database, I'm looking for an unified solution.
    – Samuryte
    Mar 4, 2016 at 11:26

1 Answer 1


Arobase @ is an SQLPlus alias.


The character specials @ can also be used to start a script.
The character special @@ permits to start it from a relative path.
? means the ORACLE Home directory

It is an equivalent for START


STA[RT] {url|file_name} [arg ...]

Make sure you use the "Execute in SQL Plus" (when connected, right click on connection > Tools > "Execute in SQL Plus") option.

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