I tried installing sqlplus by following the instruction from here. I'm still getting :

sqlplus: command not found

when I do sqlplus from my terminal.

I'm an novice in Ubuntu and I use Ubuntu 12.04.

  • I think you need to run the alien -i commands with sudo: sudo alien -i – Savvas Radevic Jul 5 '12 at 12:01

First of all you need to download Instant Client Downloads. Install alien package so you can install rpm packages by typing following command in terminal.

sudo apt-get install alien

Once that is done, go to the folder where the rpm files are located and execute the following:

sudo alien -i oracle-instantclient*-basic*.rpm
sudo alien -i oracle-instantclient*-sqlplus*.rpm
sudo alien -i oracle-instantclient*-devel*.rpm

You need to install libaio.so. Type following command to do it:

sudo apt-get install libaio1

Create Oracle configuration file:

sudo sensible-editor /etc/ld.so.conf.d/oracle.conf

Put this line in that file:

/usr/lib/oracle/<your version>/client/lib/ 

Note - for 64-bit installations, the path will be:

/usr/lib/oracle/<your version>/client64/lib/ 

Update the configuration by running following command:

sudo ldconfig

Try to connect using:

sqlplus username/password@//dbhost:1521/SID


sqlplus testuser/password

Note that if you installed the 64-bit version, the client is called sqlplus64.

  • Thanks for the details. It helped me get the installation completed, especially the part about installing the lib. – lonstar Feb 7 '13 at 23:04
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    ...until I tried to run sqlplus testuser/password and got "sqlplus: error while loading shared libraries: libsqlplus.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" – lonstar Feb 7 '13 at 23:08
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    ...and it was because I just touched the oracle.conf file and it turns out you need to add this to it: /usr/lib/oracle/11.2/client/lib/ (make sure to check that you actually have that path, and thanks to marcelozambranav.blogspot.com/2012/08/…). Once I did that, all was well. – lonstar Feb 7 '13 at 23:13
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    @K .K Patel I followed your instructions but after typing sqlplus in command line, it prompts to enter a username and password. And i do not know the username and password. What should i do? – Sabyasachi Aug 30 '14 at 8:30
  • They have oracle-instantclient* basic,devel,jdbc,odbc,sqlplus,tools,basiclite. Can't I just install the sqlplus one and be done with it? – masterxilo Nov 22 '18 at 16:51

The alien thing didn't work because of:

Error: cannot open Name index using db5 - Permission denied (13)

So I went with the easy solution: Download the zip files from Oracle (basic and sqlplus), extract them, and put the folder where you put program files (e.g. /usr/share). Then create a script that runs the executable after setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable, so that libraries are found:

DIR=/usr/share/instantclient_12_2 # <------- adjust this to the path you use
"$DIR"/sqlplus "$@"

Call it sqlplus, make it executable (chmod 755 sqlplus) and put it into a directory on your PATH (e.g. /usr/bin/), so that bash finds it.

Run it like

sqlplus user/password@host:port/service

If you get

error while loading shared libraries: libaio.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

install the library with sudo apt-get install libaio1


I think this link would help. It is pretty descriptive. Make sure you follow all the steps. Still if you have any problems, don't hesitate to comment.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eliah Kagan Jul 5 '12 at 12:17
  • That what even I have done.. But it doesn't seem to be working.! – Ant's Jul 5 '12 at 12:41
  • I found this thread unix.com/ubuntu/157848-sqlplus-command-not-found.html.Try if this would help you any better. I don't have the net speed to download it, else i would have tried it myself and give a better solution. – Vinit Kumar Jul 5 '12 at 14:38
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    @Ant's "it's not working" does not provide us with clues. Show us the output of each command. Then we'll have a general picture of what's going on and where the problem is. – Savvas Radevic Jul 5 '12 at 22:12

Of course the correct installation is from official packages like above (download Instant Client Downloads), but you can get a full working sqlplus just by copying these files (you can found it in any computer with oracle client installed), and some msb are optitional:


As aditional dependency, I did include libaio.so - it can be installed with sudo apt-get install libaio1

So, a sample use can be:

ORACLE_HOME=$PWD LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$PWD/lib ./sqlplus/sqlplus user/pw@server:PORT/

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