Creating a Temporary Tablespace in Oracle Database

Create a Temporary Tablespace named temp. Here's a breakdown:

Sample SQL Command

1create temporary tablespace temp
2tempfile '<file_name>' size 500M


  • To establish a dedicated space for storing temporary data used within the current database session. This improves performance and simplifies cleanup as temporary objects are automatically removed upon session termination.


  1. create temporary tablespace temp: This clause starts the creation process and assigns the name "temp" to the tablespace.
  2. tempfile '<file_name>' size 500M: This subclause defines the storage file associated with the tablespace:
    • tempfile: Indicates the data file will store tablespace contents.
    • '<file_name>': This placeholder needs to be replaced with an actual file name and path where the data will be stored. Ensure appropriate permissions are set on the file.
    • size 500M: Specifies the initial size of the data file as 500 megabytes. You can adjust this based on anticipated temporary data volume.

Key Points:

  • This code requires DBA or SYSDBA privileges to execute.
  • The specified file name must be unique and cannot conflict with existing files.
  • The initial size is a suggestion; the tablespace can automatically grow if needed.
  • Consider setting additional parameters like AUTOEXTEND ON and MAXSIZE to control automatic growth and limit the space used.
  • Temporary tablespaces are local to the session and not shared with other sessions or connections.

Insights and Explanations:

  • Creating a dedicated temporary tablespace can improve performance by isolating temporary data from permanent tablespaces, reducing contention and I/O overhead.
  • Properly sizing the initial and maximum size is crucial to avoid potential performance issues due to space exhaustion or excessive growth.
  • While convenient, overuse of temporary tablespaces can impact overall database performance. Monitor their usage and optimize queries to minimize reliance on them.

Remember to customize the file name and potentially adjust the size based on your specific requirements and environment before using this code in production.

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