When you create an object in Oracle, and do not specify a schema (object prefix), is there a name for that default schema? I see in Oracle SQL Developer, that a newly created object shows up in the root object nodes when no prefix is specified, rather than the schema object nodes.

Creating table under schema X:


Creating table under default schema:


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    It's the current user's schema (= the name of the current user)
    – user1822
    Mar 11, 2016 at 16:22
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    The object will be created in the schema of whatever user you are logged in as at the time. Oracle's concept of "schema" is a bit different than other databases like, say, SQL Server. A database user has exactly 1 schema that has the same name as the user. Mar 11, 2016 at 16:22

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By default, it is the user you used to log in, and you can query it as below:

select sys_context('USERENV', 'CURRENT_SCHEMA') from dual;

You can change your current schema in your session however:

alter session set current_schema=USER2;

If you create a table after this, without specifying the schema, that table will be created in the USER2 schema regardless of what user you logged on with.

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