I have an Oracle database that dblinks to an Oracle database. I am upgrading the Oracle database to 19c (

Will my dblinks to the Oracle database continue to work?

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Based on this document from Oracle Support, the answer appears to be "No". A 19c client (the owner of your DB Link) is only supported/compatible with a server version of 11.2 or greater.

Conversely, a 10.2 database can only support a client as new as 12.1, so any upgrade of your 12.1 database to any newer version will break your db link.

  • 19c to is not a supported combination but it does work for me in my configuration. Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 21:04
  • Thanks, while it's not an Oracle supported config, you've also demonstrated that it technically does work.. Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 22:38
  • Just because something works doesn't mean that Oracle guarantees that it will continue to work, or that it is secure. No production infrastructure should be built on anything that isn't certified and supported. Anything else is just operating on borrowed time.
    – pmdba
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 12:56
  • If it were up to me I would upgrade and patch everything to the latest and greatest but that is not the financial reality of my situation. Probably many other companies are in the same boat. Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 22:27
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    @pmdba - "Just because something works doesn't mean that Oracle guarantees that it will continue to work,". Reminds me of my early years as a COBOL programmer. IBM introduced COBOL-85, with significant enhancements. We raised the question with our local rep if our existing compiled libraries would continue to work. The response was "if you do not recompile, they will continue to work . . . until such time as they don't" Caveat emptor.
    – EdStevens
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 21:52

Yes. I am upgrading from 11.2 to 19 and my link to works:

SQL> select * from v$version@MYDBLINK;

Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bi

SQL> select banner from v$version;

Oracle Database 19c Enterprise Edition Release - Production

I have a link to a 9.2 database and it does not work, but I have a work around.



@Bobby Durrett,

Could you please share the work-around you used that worked to establish dblink between 9i or 10g DB with 19c


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