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Oracle/PLSQL: ORA-00201

Learn the cause and how to resolve the ORA-00201 error message in Oracle.


When you encounter an ORA-00201 error, the following error message will appear:

  • ORA-00201: control file version num incompatible with Oracle version num


The control file was created by a version of Oracle that is different than the version of Oracle that you are currently running.


The option(s) to resolve this Oracle error are:

Option #1

Restart Oracle with a version of Oracle that is the same as the control file.

Option #2

Create a new control file using the CREATE CONTROLFILE command.