I am trying to execute following on sqlDeveloper

SELECT salary FROM emp ORDER BY salary DESC LIMIT 4, 1;

But it is throwing following error:

ORA-00933: SQL command not properly ended 00933. 00000 - "SQL command not properly ended" *Cause:
*Action: Error at Line: 1 Column: 44


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Oracle 11g doesn't support the LIMIT clause, though the impending 12c release is rumored to support it.

Anyway, you can do this using an analytic windowing function:

select * from
  select salary, row_number() over (order by salary desc) as rn
  from emp
where rn = 4;

You can also do this using rownum, but I find the above way to look cleaner.

Example SQL Fiddle for you to mess around with.

  • Thanks Phil for your answer. but can you please tell me tell till which version of oracle LIMIT is supported ? Feb 15, 2013 at 11:40
  • It's not supported. It is rumored to be supported in version 12c, which isn't released yet.
    – Philᵀᴹ
    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:46

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