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Toad for Oracle 16.0 - Release Notes

Release Notes


Toad® for Oracle 16.0

Release Notes

Revised 4/13/2022


About Toad for Oracle

Toad for Oracle provides an intuitive and efficient way for database professionals of all skill and experience levels to perform their jobs with an overall improvement in workflow effectiveness and productivity. With Toad for Oracle you can:

  • Understand your database environment through visual representations
  • Meet deadlines easily through automation and smooth workflows
  • Perform essential development and administration tasks from a single tool
  • Deploy high-quality applications that meet user requirements; perform predictably and reliably in production
  • Validate database code to ensure the best-possible performance and adherence to best-practice standards
  • Manage and share projects, templates, scripts, and more with ease

The Toad for Oracle solutions are built for you, by you. Nearly two decades of development and feedback from various communities like Toad World have made it the most powerful and functional tool available. With an installed-base of over two million, Toad for Oracle continues to be the "de facto" standard tool for database development and administration.

Toad for Oracle resources

Toad World is a unique and valuable resource available to all Toad users. Toad World provides forums, blogs, videos, product information, Beta releases (when available), and Trial downloads for Toad products. Visit Toad World at:

Two of the most-often used features of Toad World are the Forums and the Idea Pond.

  • On the Idea Pond page, you can submit your ideas to improve Toad and vote for or comment on other ideas. The Toad team takes your suggestions seriously, and you may even hear back from one of our developers on the topic. We encourage all Toad users—from new to experienced—to let us know how we can improve Toad.
  • On the Forum page, you can ask a question or start a discussion and view all other forums within the Toad community.

The Toad World blog pages feature a broad range of information, including topics of interest to our industry, as well as instructions from team members on how to use the latest Toad features.

The Toad for Oracle web-based training is a perfect accompaniment to your product license. This free training walks you through major product features and explains how to perform frequent tasks. You’ll also see how to utilize time-saving automation functionality. You’ll receive a certificate of completion for each course once you pass the accompanying test.

About this release

Toad for Oracle 16.0 is a minor release, with enhanced features and functionality.

Toad for Oracle 16.0 includes component and requirement upgrades. These upgrades address security vulnerabilities previously identified in the third party component.

About Toad® for Oracle® Editions

Each Toad for Oracle Edition is packaged with additional Quest products to expand your experience. The following products may be part of your Toad for Oracle Edition:

The following Toad for Oracle Editions are available:



Toad for Oracle Base Edition

Toad® for Oracle®

Toad for Oracle Professional Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Professional

Toad for Oracle Xpert Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Xpert — Includes all features in Base and Professional Editions

SQL Optimizer for Oracle®

Toad for Oracle Developer Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Xpert

Code Tester for Oracle®

Benchmark Factory® for Databases - Oracle Edition

Toad for Oracle DBA Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Xpert

DB Admin Module Add-on

Spotlight on Oracle® — Includes Spotlight on Unix/Linux, Spotlight on Windows, and Spotlight on Oracle Data Guard

Benchmark Factory® for Databases - Oracle Edition

Toad® Data Modeler

Toad for Oracle DBA RAC Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Xpert

DB Admin Module Add-on

Spotlight on Oracle® with RAC Option — Includes Spotlight on Unix/Linux, Spotlight on Windows, and Spotlight on Oracle Data Guard

Benchmark Factory® for Databases - Oracle Edition

Toad® Data Modeler

Toad for Oracle DBA Exadata Edition

Toad® for Oracle® Xpert

DB Admin Module Add-on

Spotlight on Oracle® with RAC and Exadata Options — Includes Spotlight on Unix/Linux, Spotlight on Windows, and Spotlight on Oracle® Data Guard

Benchmark Factory® for Databases - Oracle Edition

Toad® Data Modeler

Note: The DB Admin Module can be added to any Toad Edition.

For more information about the products in your Toad for Oracle Edition and the minimum system requirements for running these products, see the Toad for Oracle Editions release notes at:

New Features and Enhancements

Toad for Oracle 16.0

Color Schemes

Grid colors can be customized when a color scheme is applied.

Code Insight

Fields of cursor loop variables, %ROWTYPE variables, and record variables are now shown when variables are included in the list of Code Insight objects. See the Editor | Code Assist page in Options.

Schema Browser

A new option allows subobjects to be displayed beneath their parent object in the left-hand side. Click the Browser Style tool button and enable Show LHS Subobjects.


  • Toad for Oracle 15.1 introduced a new feature that allows for connections to be made without using an installed Oracle client. A new checkbox has been added to the Login window so you can make the connection without a client even if you have installed clients.
  • Clientless connections will now populate the TNS tab from tnsnames.ora file if you have one present. The file can be in a path referenced by the TNS_ADMIN environment variable or even placed in the same folder as Toad.exe.


The transactions window was moved from the Output panel to its own dedicated dock panel and will update connection bar button images to indicate when a session is in transaction. Also, transactions will be refreshed when the window is closed if the Always on option is enabled before closing the Transactions panel.

Alert Log Viewer

Added ability to load a local or remote files which are not the active alert log.

Master-Detail Browser

  • If a master-detail file cannot be loaded due to objects not being found, you will be prompted to choose another schema.
  • Loading master-detail files gracefully handles dropped columns.
  • A new tool button for adding missing columns has been added.

Team Coding

Include/exclude filters can be set globally for a project.

Toad for Oracle 15.1

"Dark Mode" Theme

"Dark Mode" and several other new color themes are now available via Options | Color Styles.


Toad can now connect to a database without an installed Oracle client using ODAC "Direct mode". To learn about the limitations of this method see ODAC Connection Modes - Client Mode vs Direct Mode" on

Native Support for XMLTYPE data type

Toad can now work with XMLTYPE data type using ODAC without limitations, or workarounds when using Oracle client 12.2 or newer.

Improved Oracle 21c Support

Improvements have been made to support the following Oracle 21c features:

  • JSON datatype supported throughout Toad.
    Note: Oracle fetches JSON as BLOB. Toad can convert it to CLOB or VARCHAR2 (to make the data readable and editable) if you configure it in Options|Schema Browser|Data Tab. You must add the conversion clause yourself in SQL from the Editor if you want to see the JSON data as text.

  • Blockchain and immutable tables supported.

  • In-memory clause supported for external partitioned tables.

  • Password Rollover Time supported in profiles.

  • Mandatory profiles supported.

  • Information Lifecycle Management clause supported for indexes.

  • Multivalue indexes supported on indexes of JSON columns.


Toad for Oracle 15.0

Subscription Licensing

Note: Applies to Toad for Oracle Subscription with online licensing.

New offerings:

  • Toad for Oracle Xpert Plus Edition (Toad for Oracle Professional DB Admin Edition plus SQL Optimizer for Oracle).

Oracle Database 21c Support

Existing Toad features work with 21c on Linux and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Support for new features of 21c will be added in a future release of Toad.

Note: Oracle Database 21c has not been released for Windows at time of publication.

Data Grids

Cached updates allows for bulk operations to be performed and reviewed locally before posting all changes to the database.


Improved support for screen readers in toolbars and menus.


Enhancements from Idea Pond

Discontinued Features

Knowledge Xpert. Knowledge Xpert is no longer available on Toad World. Beginning with release 13.1, Toad components no longer reference the online Knowledge Xpert.

Ask a Question. The Go to Toad World and Ask a Question commands on the Toad World toolbar have been replaced. To ask a question, click the Forums toolbar button to go directly to the forum. To go to Toad World, click the Forums or the Browse Blogs toolbar buttons. You can also use the Help menu: Help | Toad World | Forums. This change is found in Toad for Oracle 13.1 or later.

Integration with Toad Intelligence Central. Beginning with Toad for Oracle 13.1, Toad no longer provides integration with Toad Intelligence Central. The Toad Intelligence Central window is not available and you cannot publish scripts, files, Code Analysis results, and other resources to a Toad Intelligence Central server using Toad for Oracle. You cannot connect to Toad Intelligence Central through Toad for Oracle.

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