Installing Oracle SQL Developer on Ubuntu 10.04

Enable the partner repository in order to download Sun Java6 JDK: System -> Software Sources -> Other Software -> http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu partner)
Get the following packages from System -> Synaptic Package Manager:
  • sqldeveloper-package (this is a special package that contains all prerequisites except sun-java6-jdk)
  • sun-java6-jdk
Download “Oracle SQL Developer for other platforms” from bottom of Oracles website:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html
Extract the archive to a folder and make the sqldeveloper.sh file executable (right click on it and select properties->permissions).
Run Oracle SQL Developer for the first time by typing the following command in the console:
sh /path/to/extracted/folder/sqldeveloper.sh
When requested for a JVM directory, use something like this:
/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun
Click the save all button (this saves the path of the JVM directory) and then close the program.
You can now use the Oracle SQL Developer by running the following command:
sh /path/to/extracted/folder/sqldeveloper.sh
I would recommend making a launcher for it – just right click on the desktop. Avoid using “~” in the path.

Published by Anders Aaberg

IT-development consultant at Nine A/S MSc. Advanced Computer Science @ University of Leeds, UK

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