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Appendix: Oracle Character Sets Supported in Amazon RDS

The following table lists the Oracle database character sets that are supported in Amazon RDS. You can use a value from this page with the --character-set parameter of the rds-create-db-instance command or with the CharacterSetName parameter of the CreateDBInstance API action.

Setting the NLS_LANG environment parameter is the simplest way to specify locale behavior for Oracle software. This parameter sets the language and territory used by the client application and the database server. It also indicates the client's character set, which corresponds to the character set for data entered or displayed by a client application. Amazon RDS lets you set the character set when you create a DB instance. For more information on the NLS_LANG and character sets, see What is a Character set or Code Page? in the Oracle documentation.

ValueDescription

AL32UTF8

Unicode 5.0 UTF-8 Universal character set (default)

AR8ISO8859P6

ISO 8859-6 Latin/Arabic

AR8MSWIN1256

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1256 8-bit Latin/Arabic

BLT8ISO8859P13

ISO 8859-13 Baltic

BLT8MSWIN1257

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1257 8-bit Baltic

CL8ISO8859P5

ISO 88559-5 Latin/Cyrillic

CL8MSWIN1251

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1251 8-bit Latin/Cyrillic

EE8ISO8859P2

ISO 8859-2 East European

EL8ISO8859P7

ISO 8859-7 Latin/Greek

EE8MSWIN1250

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1250 8-bit East European

EL8MSWIN1253

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1253 8-bit Latin/Greek

IW8ISO8859P8

ISO 8859-8 Latin/Hebrew

IW8MSWIN1255

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1255 8-bit Latin/Hebrew

JA16EUC

EUC 24-bit Japanese

JA16EUCTILDE

Same as JA16EUC except for mapping of wave dash and tilde to and from Unicode

JA16SJIS

Shift-JIS 16-bit Japanese

JA16SJISTILDE

Same as JA16SJIS except for mapping of wave dash and tilde to and from Unicode

KO16MSWIN949

Microsoft Windows Code Page 949 Korean

NE8ISO8859P10

ISO 8859-10 North European

NEE8ISO8859P4

ISO 8859-4 North and Northeast European

TH8TISASCII

Thai Industrial Standard 620-2533-ASCII 8-bit

TR8MSWIN1254

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1254 8-bit Turkish

US7ASCII

ASCII 7-bit American

UTF8

Unicode 3.0 UTF-8 Universal character set, CESU-8 compliant

VN8MSWIN1258

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1258 8-bit Vietnamese

WE8ISO8859P1

Western European 8-bit ISO 8859 Part 1

WE8ISO8859P15

ISO 8859-15 West European

WE8ISO8859P9

ISO 8859-9 West European and Turkish

WE8MSWIN1252

Microsoft Windows Code Page 1252 8-bit West European

ZHS16GBK

GBK 16-bit Simplified Chinese

ZHT16HKSCS

Microsoft Windows Code Page 950 with Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set HKSCS-2001. Character set conversion is based on Unicode 3.0.

ZHT16MSWIN950

Microsoft Windows Code Page 950 Traditional Chinese

ZHT32EUC

EUC 32-bit Traditional Chinese