OBIEE 11g Repository Documentation: Extracting metadata from the RPD

Uli Bethke OBIEE

With OBIEE 11g there are two methods to extract metadata from the RPD.

The first one uses the admintool.exe command to generate metadata. It was already around in OBIEE 10g. However, the syntax has changed slightly. The second uses the biserverxmlgen command.


This is an unsupported and undocumented feature. Use at your own risk.

You have to create a command file that is then invoked by admintool.exe.


<path to RPD>: Path to your RPD, e.g. D:OracleMiddlewareinstancesinstance1bifoundationOracleBIServerComponentcoreapplication_obis1repositorymyrpd.rpd
<RPD Password>: The password to your RPD
<path to output file>: Location on file system where the RPD metadata will be output to. The extension of <path to output file> determines the type of output: (1) .csv (comma-separated values) (2) .txt (tab-separated values) (3) .xml XML
<encoding>: Unicode, ANSI, UTF-8

You can call the command file by using the following command (This has not changed from OBIEE 10g.)


I can see three advantages of using biserverxmlgen over admintool

(1) The Admintool /command syntax is not documented or supported
(2) The output of biserverxmlgen is more comprehensive, e.g. it contains information such as the alias in the presentation layer
(3) It may be easier to extract this. I have not tried this out, but to extract some of the info from the admintool extract can be a bit of pain, as there is a recursive relationship between logical and derived logical columns. Not sure if there is an XSD for this XML. If you have any info on this let me know.

The syntax for this is:

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Uli has 18 years’ hands on experience as a consultant, architect, and manager in the data industry. He frequently speaks at conferences. Uli has architected and delivered data warehouses in Europe, North America, and South East Asia. He is a traveler between the worlds of traditional data warehousing and big data technologies.

Uli is a regular contributor to blogs and books, holds an Oracle ACE award, and chairs the the Hadoop User Group Ireland. He is also a co-founder and VP of the Irish chapter of DAMA, a non for profit global data management organization. He has co-founded the Irish Oracle Big Data User Group.