A BLOB (binary large object) value is a varying-length binary string that can be up to 2GB (2,147,483,647) characters long.

If you’re using a BLOB with the 32-bit version of our ODBC driver, the size of the BLOB is limited to 512 MB, due to address space limitations.

Like other binary types, BLOBstrings are not associated with a code page. In addition, BLOBstrings do not hold character data.


{BLOB | BINARY LARGE OBJECT} [ ( length [{K |M |G}] ) ]


An unsigned integer constant that specifies the number of characters in the BLOB unless you specify one of the suffixes you see below, which change the meaning of the length value. If you do not specify a length value, it defaults to two gigabytes (2,147,483,647).


If specified, indicates that the length value is in multiples of 1024 (kilobytes).


If specified, indicates that the length value is in multiples of 1024*1024 (megabytes).


If specified, indicates that the length value is in multiples of 102410241024 (gigabytes).

Corresponding Compile-time Java Type


JDBC Metadata Type (java.sql.Types)


Usage Notes

Use the getBlob method on the java.sql.ResultSet to retrieve a BLOB handle to the underlying data.

There are a number of restrictions on using BLOB and CLOB / TEXT objects, which we refer to as LOB-types:

  • LOB-types cannot be compared for equality (=) and non-equality (!=, <>).
  • LOB-typed values cannot be ordered, so <, <=, >, >= tests are not supported.
  • LOB-types cannot be used in indexes or as primary key columns.
  • DISTINCT, GROUP BY, and ORDER BY clauses are also prohibited on LOB-types.
  • LOB-types cannot be involved in implicit casting as other base-types.


Using an  INSERT statement to put BLOB data into a table has some limitations if you need to cast a long string constant to a BLOB. You may be better off using a binary stream, as in the following code fragment.

package com.splicemachine.tutorials.blob;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;

public class ExampleInsertBlob {

     * Example of inserting a blob using JDBC
     * @param args[0] - Image file to insert
     * @param args[1] - JDBC URL - optional - defaults to localhost
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Connection conn = null;
        Statement statement = null;
        ResultSet rs = null;

        if(args.length == 0) {
            System.out.println("You must pass in an file (like an image) to be loaded");

        try {

            String imageFileToLoad = args[0];

            //Default JDBC Connection String - connects to local database
            String dbUrl = "jdbc:splice://localhost:1527/splicedb;user=splice;password=true";

            //Checks to see if a JDBC URL is passed in
            if(args.length > 1) {
                dbUrl = args[1];

            //For the JDBC Driver - Use the Splice Machine Client Driver

            //Connect to the databae
            conn = DriverManager.getConnection(dbUrl);

            //Create a statement
            statement = conn.createStatement();

            //Create a table
            statement.execute("CREATE TABLE IMAGES(a INT, test BLOB)");

            //Create an input stream
            InputStream fin = new FileInputStream(imageFileToLoad);
            PreparedStatement ps = conn.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO IMAGES VALUES (?, ?)");
            ps.setInt(1, 1477);

            // - set value of input parameter to the input stream
            ps.setBinaryStream(2, fin);


            //Lets get the count of records
            rs = statement.executeQuery("select count(1) from IMAGES");
            if( {
                System.out.println("count=[" + rs.getInt(1) + "]");

        } catch (ClassNotFoundException cne) {
        } catch (SQLException se) {
        } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            // TODO Auto-generated catch block
        } finally {
            if(rs != null) {
                try { rs.close(); } catch (Exception ignore) { }
            if(statement != null) {
                try { statement.close(); } catch (Exception ignore) { }
            if(conn != null) {
                try { conn.close(); } catch (Exception ignore) { }