Here is a list of some of the most frequently used SQL*Plus commands:

• ACCEPT – Get input from the user

• DEFINE – Declare a variable (short: DEF)

• DESCRIBE – Lists the attributes of tables and other objects (short: DESC)

• EDIT – Places you in an editor so you can edit a SQL command (short: ED)

• EXIT or QUIT – Disconnect from the database and terminate SQL*Plus

• GET – Retrieves a SQL file and places it into the SQL buffer

• HOST – Issue an operating system command (short: !)

• LIST – Displays the last command executed/ command in the SQL buffer (short: L)

• PROMPT – Display a text string on the screen. Eg prompt Hello World!!!

• RUN – List and Run the command stored in the SQL buffer (short: /)

• SAVE – Saves command in the SQL buffer to a file. Eg “save x” will create a script file called x.sql

• SET – Modify the SQL*Plus environment eg. SET PAGESIZE 23

• SHOW – Show environment settings (short: SHO). Eg SHOW ALL, SHO PAGESIZE etc.

• SPOOL – Send output to a file. Eg “spool x” will save STDOUT to a file called x.lst

• START – Run a SQL script file (short: @)