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This blog is about the “error processing condition” message that can occur when trying to import an Oracle APEX application in your workspace.  More likely than not, the cause of the problem stems from exporting the application as a zip file.

Export an Application

Let’s start by exporting an application in a workspace.  The Export as ZIP switch is currently turned off.  For this example, please export the application twice:

  • “Export as ZIP” turned on
  • “Export as ZIP” turned off

Import the Application File

Next, please navigate to APP Builder -> Import

  • Select the zip file version of your application to import
  • Choose the “Database Application, Page, or Component Export” option for file type
  • Make sure “File Character Set” is marked as Unicode UTF-8


This step is what will make most people think nothing is wrong.  The zip file will import successfully, so it looks like everything is working as it should.


After the button is clicked to go on to the next step, then the “error processing condition” message will appear.  There is no error code visible or any indication on what went wrong.

What Happened?

There is a big difference between the application files we exported (one zipped and then other not zipped).  The zipped file organizes and breaks down the application into separate files for the purpose of tracking code changes and version control.

The “error processing condition” message that appears when we try to import the zipped file is the result of APEX not understanding the zipped structure of multiple files.  However, the non-zipped file is one giant file that contains all the information to build the application out.

If you repeat the steps above, but choose the non-zipped file to import, everything will work properly.

Why Zipped and Non-Zipped Exports are Needed

When working with APEX, it is a good idea to periodically export applications as a zip and non-zipped file.  The zip file can be used for version control, and the non-zipped file serves as a backup of the application that can be imported.


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