Retrieving BLOB Values with getBinaryStream() Method

This section describes how to retrieve BLOB values with the ResultSet.getBinaryStream() method.

BLOB values can also be retrieved with the getBinaryStream() method on the ResultSet object, which will return an OutputStream object. Then you can read the BLOB values from the OutputStream object with the read() method. The sample program below shows you how to create OutputStream objects with the getBinaryStream() method. A utility method is included to read all bytes from an OutputStream object and save them in a file.

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import java.sql.*;
public class OracleBlobGetBinaryStream {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {
      oracle.jdbc.pool.OracleDataSource ds
        = new oracle.jdbc.pool.OracleDataSource();
      con = ds.getConnection();

// Retrieving CLOB value with getBinaryStream()
      Statement sta = con.createStatement();
      ResultSet res = sta.executeQuery("SELECT * FROM Image");
      int i = 0;
      while ( && i<3) {
        System.out.println("Record ID: "+res.getInt("ID"));
        System.out.println("   Subject = "+res.getString("Subject"));
        InputStream bodyOut = res.getBinaryStream("Body");
        String fileOut = "BlobOut_"+res.getInt("ID")+".bin";
        System.out.println("   Body = (Saved in "+fileOut+")");

    } catch (Exception e) {
      System.err.println("Exception: "+e.getMessage());
  public static void saveOutputStream(String name, InputStream body) {
    int c;
    try {
      OutputStream f = new FileOutputStream(name);
      while ((>-1) {
    } catch (Exception e) {

The output looked correct:

herong> java -cp .;ojdbc11.jar OracleBlobGetBinaryStream

Record ID: 2
   Subject = Test of the setBytes() method
   Body = (Saved in BlobOut_2.bin)
Record ID: 3
   Subject = Test of setBinaryStream() methods
   Body = (Saved in BlobOut_3.bin)
Record ID: 4
   Subject = Error test of setBinaryStream() method
   Body = (Saved in BlobOut_4.bin)

I also tested BlobOut_3.bin file to make sure that I am getting my MySqlBlobSetBinaryStream.class file back correctly:

herong> del OracleBlobSetBinaryStream.class

herong> copy BlobOut_3.bin OracleBlobSetBinaryStream.class
        1 file(s) copied.

herong> java -cp .;ojdbc11.jar OracleBlobSetBinaryStream

The inserted record:
   Subject = Test of setBinaryStream() methods
   Body = -||+   2 |

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Introduction

 JDK (Java SE) Installation

 Oracle Express Edition Installation on Windows

 Oracle JDBC Drivers

 Oracle - Reference Implementation of JdbcRowSet

 Oracle - PreparedStatement

 Oracle - JBDC CallableStatement

 Oracle CLOB (Character Large Object) - TEXT

Oracle BLOB (Binary Large Object) - BLOB

 Overview of BLOB (Binary Large Object)

 Create Tables with CLOB Columns

 Inserting BLOB Values with SQL INSERT Statements

 Inserting BLOB Values with setBytes() Method

 Inserting BLOB Values with setBinaryStream() Method

 Closing InputStream Too Early on setBinaryStream()

 Retrieving BLOB Values with getBytes() Method

Retrieving BLOB Values with getBinaryStream() Method

 Retrieving BLOB Values with getBlob() Method

 Inserting BLOB Values with setBlob() Method

 Copying BLOB Values to New Rows

 Archived Tutorials


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