Create Application Process in Oracle Apex

Display BLOB Contents (PDF, Images) into a Region in Oracle Apex Page

Here I am giving an example to display BLOB contents (PDF, Images) into a region in Oracle Apex page.

Suppose you have an employee screen and whenever the user opens that screen to edit or view record, you want to display employee's payslip whether it is in image format or in PDF format. To perform this task, follow the below steps:

  1. First of all, you need a table in which you want to store the BLOB content and the structure of that table should be as follows:


Note: The column MIMETYPE has an important role here. Whenever you store a PDF in the BLOB data, the MIMETYPE should be application/pdf and if storing images then MIMETYPE should be image/jpeg.

Also, please check my previous post, in which I have given an example to load PDF files into a BLOB field in Oracle Apex.

  1. Now I am assuming that you have data in the above table.
  2. Now in Oracle Apex, click on the Shared Components > Application Process and click the Create button to create an Application Process. The screen will popup as shown in the below image.

Create Application Process in Oracle Apex

  1. Specify a name in the Name field and for Point select Ajax Callback: Run this application process when requested by a page process option. Then click on the Next button.
  2. On the next step, add the following PL/SQL code in the PL/SQL code section as shown in the below:
  vBlob blob;
  vmimetype varchar2(50);
  SELECT report, mimetype INTO vBlob, vmimetype
                FROM emp_payslips
                WHERE empno = V('P3_EMPNO');
  htp.p('Content-Length: ' || dbms_lob.getlength(vBlob)); 
  when no_data_found then

PL/SQL code application process.

  1. Then click on the Next button and on another screen just click on the Finish button to create the Application Process.
  2. Now open the Page in Oracle Apex in which you want to display the BLOB contents.
  3. Create a new Region and set the type as Static content and put the following code into the Text source, as shown in the below image:
<p align="center">
<iframe src="f?p=&APP_ID.:0:&SESSION.:APPLICATION_PROCESS=display_emp_blob:NO::P3_EMPNO,&P3_EMPNO." width="99%" height="1000">

Oracle Apex - Static Region

You can notice in the above code that we are calling the Application Process display_emp_blob we just created, using the Apex URL format.

Save the changes and run the page to test. Whenever you will open the Employee screen in Edit mode BLOB data will display in the region, whether it is an image or a PDF file.

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Written by Vinish Kapoor

An Oracle Apex Consultant, Oracle ACE, and founder of and a question and answer forum for developers. You can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.


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    • In the above example, the page has an item p3_empno. Now suppose you are calling this page from another page by setting the p3_empno a value. The blob will show for that particular employee.

  1. I have a problem with mozzila, It starts automatticlly do download content from iframe, have you any sollution. Chrome works fine.....

  2. Hello, the post is very good, but in my case it does not show the content of PDF Blob. Show only HTML code in my static region:

    <p align="center"> <iframe src="javascript:apex.navigation.dialog.close(false,'/ords/r/r2vm_notaria_digital/notaria-digital/0?request=APPLICATION_PROCESS%3DDISPLAY_ESCRITURA_BLOB&session=16229955116938');" width="99%" height="1000"> </iframe></p>

  3. Hi,
    thanks for the post, it's very useful. I'm trying to create it under Apex 20.1 version and the page shows the error "Process show_stored_search not found." where show_stored_search is the Ajax process.
    Could you help me?

  4. HI, I have a requirement to open BLOB files which are stored in DB. But there is no mime type define in that table. I was wondering if there is any way to have the browser correctly download BLOB content without knowing the MIME-TYPE and show the file ? Many thanks in advance.

  5. Hi

    Thank you for the post, it is really very helpful.

    Can you tell us how to do it for multiple records? let's say displaying employee_blob for each employee of a particular department.

    I am generating QR code for each employee using plsql procedure and storing the blob in a table along with employee_id and department_no.

    I am calling the process in PLSQL dynamic content inside employee's loop,
    passing it new employee id each time the loop is executed (employee id is set using apex_util.set_session_state).

    Now if i select department 10 the loop will iterate 3 times.

    qr code will be stored for 3 employees 101,102,103

    but the qr code of 103 will be displayed for the other two instead of their own.

    can you please help?

  6. Hi Vinish, great post !
    in my case (APEX 21.1) in step (8) in the source of the iFrame I had to delete one ' : ' in front of :P3_EMPNO
    then it did work

  7. Hello, it does not work if page is public...
    Application Process does not have authorization!
    Could you please tell me what to do?

    • Open your application process and from the Authorization drop-down, select the -No authorization is required- option.

    • Thanks, I have already done that with no effect.
      The document dos not get loaded.
      Could you please try it yourself?

  8. Hi,
    based on the correct APEX URL syntax, the correct fix is not to delete one ' : ' in front of :P3_EMPNO, but to replace comma ' , ' before &P3_EMPNO. by ' : ' . Then it works fine.

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