Disable Autoextend for All Datafiles in Oracle Database

Disabling Autoextend for All Datafiles in Oracle Database

This guide explores a method to turn off autoextend for all datafiles within an Oracle Database. We'll delve into the provided SQL code, understand its purpose, and offer key considerations for implementation.

Turn autoextend off for all datafiles

Sample SQL Command

1select 'alter database datafile ''' || file_name || ''' autoextend off;'
2from dba_data_files

Understanding Autoextend

Autoextend is a feature in Oracle Database that allows datafiles to automatically grow when they reach their designated size limit. While convenient, it can lead to uncontrolled storage consumption if left unchecked. Disabling autoextend gives you more granular control over datafile growth.

The Code Breakdown

The provided code snippet utilizes a single SQL statement to achieve our objective. Here's a breakdown:

  1. select: Initiates the SQL statement to return rows of data.
  2. 'alter database datafile ''' || file_name || ''' autoextend off;': This section constructs the actual ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE command dynamically. Let's dissect it further:
    • 'alter database datafile ': Defines the beginning of the ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE statement.
    • || file_name || ': Uses string concatenation to insert the file_name retrieved from the dba_data_files view. This ensures the command targets each datafile individually.
    • ' autoextend off;': Sets the autoextend attribute to off for the specified datafile.
  3. from dba_data_files: Specifies the data source for file_name. The dba_data_files view provides information on all datafiles within the database.
  4. /: Terminates the SQL statement.

Key Points

  • This script retrieves datafile names from the dba_data_files view and constructs an ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE statement for each datafile, effectively turning off autoextend for all of them.
  • Executing this script will permanently disable autoextend for the targeted datafiles.
  • Remember to connect to your Oracle Database with appropriate privileges before running this script.


  • Disabling autoextend requires manual monitoring of datafile sizes. You'll need to proactively add additional datafiles or extend existing ones when they approach capacity.
  • Consider the potential impact on applications that rely on autoextend for automatic storage growth.
  • It's recommended to back up your database before running any datafile modifications.


By following these steps and considering the potential implications, you can effectively disable autoextend for all datafiles in your Oracle Database, gaining greater control over datafile management.


Oracle Documentation on ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE: https://docs.oracle.com/en/database/oracle/oracle-database/23/sqlrf/ALTER-DATABASE.html

Understanding Autoextend: https://forums.oracle.com/ords/apexds/post/autoextend-of-datafiles-question-8883

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