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

Oracle Error Message

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

Reason for the Error

The control file was created by an Oracle version other than the one you are currently using. You would usually notice this error during the upgrade of oracle. For example, when you upgrade from Oracle 10 to 11.2, you may receive the below error message.

ORA-00201: control file version 11.2.0.0.0 incompatible with ORACLE version 10.2.0.0.0

Solution

There are 2 options that you can look at to fix this error

  • Oracle should be restarted using the same version as the control file.
  • The CREATE CONTROLFILE command can be used to create a new control file.