I am trying to install SQL Developer on Ubuntu 14.04. I have followed some tutorials but none of them worked. So I am asking you if you know how to install SQL Developer.

  • I have the same question!
    – PhatHV
    Commented May 4, 2014 at 17:17
  • Finally, I can install SQL Developer. See my answer.
    – PhatHV
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 7:06
  • What tutorials? How did they "not work"? Please show us what you did and what the result is.
    – terdon
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 9:22
  • This one worked for me: oracle-noob.blogspot.com/2014/01/… Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 18:21
  • when I am trying to perform last step i.e., run sqldeveloper below error gk@gk-desktop:/usr/local/bin$ ./sqldeveloper ./sqldeveloper: line 3: ./sqldeveloper: Permission denied Any solution to over come? Commented Jul 20, 2014 at 18:51

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I installed SQL Developer with these steps:

  1. (See the comments—this might not be necessary)
    Download and re-install newest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from Ubuntu website.

  2. Install Java:

    • Java Version JDK 7:

      sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre icedtea-7-plugin
      sudo update-alternatives --config java
    • Java Version JDK 8 (in some installations this is a requirement instead of 1.7):

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
      sudo update-alternatives --config java
  3. Download SQL Developer from Oracle website (I chose Other Platforms download).

  4. Extract file to /opt:

    sudo unzip sqldeveloper-*-no-jre.zip -d /opt/
    sudo chmod +x /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh
  5. Linking over an in-path launcher for Oracle SQL Developer:

    sudo ln -s /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh /usr/local/bin/sqldeveloper
  6. Edit /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh and replace it's content to:

    cd /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin
    ./sqldeveloper "$@"

    or (to prevent error: ./sqldeveloper: Permission denied)

    cd /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin && bash sqldeveloper $*
  7. Run SQL Developer:


    Note: When you run Sql Developer at the first time, you need to specify the path of JDK's folder. In my computer, JDK stored at /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64 For Java 8 and Ubuntu 16+ /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle

  8. Finally, create desktop application for easy to use:

    cd /usr/share/applications/
    sudo vim sqldeveloper.desktop

    add this lines:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Oracle SQL Developer

    then type:

    sudo update-desktop-database
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    "Download and re-install newest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from Ubuntu website" why do I need to remove my operating system to install a package?
    – Rinzwind
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 7:09
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    @PhatHV When i run sqldeveloper in terminal I get /usr/local/bin/sqldeveloper: line 2: cd: /usr/local/bin/sqldeveloper/bin: Not a directory Commented May 7, 2014 at 7:51
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    I tried many other tutorial like you. But I gave you what steps I did to make my SQL Developer works (I installed it on my machine at office and it works perfect until now). I thinks you should check the content of this file "/opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh" and paste it here.
    – PhatHV
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 10:41
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    This works for me on Ubuntu 15.04, using java 8 instead of java 7.
    – JanKanis
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 10:48
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    @PhatHV you're my hero Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 11:56

Here's how I did it on Ubuntu, I think this is the easiest way and will give you a package that you can easily reuse later (but you can't redistribute according to OTN license):

  1. Downlod the sql developer package from here.
  2. Install the sql developer package as the following.

    sudo apt-get install sqldeveloper-package debhelper openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre icedtea-7-plugin
  3. Now all what you need to do is to run the command (you might have a different version)

    make-sqldeveloper-package sqldeveloper-
  4. This will generate a debian package that you can use to install sql developer.
  5. Now install the resulting .deb package using the command (Your deb might have a different version too):

    sudo dpkg -i sqldeveloper_4.
  6. You're now done with the installation. in my case it needed the new java 8 then you will need to run the following commands.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
    sudo apt-get update 
    sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
  7. Finally you need to provide the java path for oracle sql developer at the first run in my case it was at /usr/lib/jvm/default-java/.

  • Please note on Ubuntu the latest version of sqldeveloper-package is broken; failing with debuild: fatal error at line 1124: dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc binary failed This can be fixed with sudo sed -i '/DEBUILD/s/n b/n --no-tgz-check -- b/' /usr/bin/make-sqldeveloper-package
    – Rqomey
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 12:09

I installed version 17.4 on Ubuntu 16.04 GNOME like so.

  1. Verify installation of OpenJDK 8 and location at /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 If absent, install with sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk. Newer versions of Java may work as well.
  2. Accept license agreement and download "Other Platforms" version
  3. Unzip in my home directory
  4. Run from the commandline ~/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh once to add location of Java. Enter /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64
  5. Create the desktop icon for future access from my GUI menu.

    # /home/USERNAME/.local/share/applications/sqldeveloper.desktop
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Oracle SQL Developer
    GenericName=SQL Developer
    X-GNOME-FullName=Oracle SQL Developer
    Comment= A free integrated development environment that simplifies the development and management of Oracle Database

Make the desktop file executable

chmod +x /home/USERNAME/.local/share/applications/sqldeveloper.desktop
  1. Install Java 6. (It didn't work for me with Java 1.7):

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  
    sudo apt-get update  
    sudo apt-get install oracle-java6-installer  
  2. Download the SQL Developer from here and choose Other platforms. (You'll need an account in order to download it). Open the Downloads directory:

    cd ~/Downloads

    and extract the file to /opt:

    sudo unzip sqldeveloper-*-no-jre.zip -d /opt/  
  3. Make the launch script executable:

    sudo chmod +x /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh
  4. Open sqldeveloper:

    sudo /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.sh

    The first time you'll be asked to enter the jvm location. In my case (and probably yours if you have followed the first step), the location is: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-oracle .

  • Is this working for you? or did you install Sql developer from following your accepted answer or your own answer? because I want to install Sql developer for myself. thanks Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 4:40
  • @KasiyA This worked for me. Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 5:41
  • Instead of the 4. step, you can add the /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin to the PATH in the /etc/environment. Then you can use the sqldeveloper command from the terminal. Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 23:39

I installed oracle sqldeveloper in ubuntu 17.10 using the following method:

  1. Accept license agreement and download oracle linux rpm: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html
  2. Install alien:

    sudo apt-get install alien

  3. Install the rpm using alien:

    sudo alien -i sqldeveloper-

  4. Run sql developer by using the following command in the terminal


Make sure to change the version of your rpm. For this to be successful you have to have oracle java 8 or above installed in your machine.


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