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You choose the desired location on the first time, and the next time the SQL Developer will suggest the location that you chose earlier.
From the help file
To specify a nondefault SQLDEVELOPER_USER_DIR location, do either of the following:
Set the SQLDEVELOPER_USER_DIR environment variable to specify another directory path.
Edit the <sqldeveloper_install>\sqldeveloper\sqldeveloper\bin\sqldeveloper.conf file and substitute the desired directory path for SQLDEVELOPER_USER_DIR in the following line:
A bit Late, but thank you!
Is there an equivalent option for SQL Developer 3.1? I would like to have both 3.1 and 3.0 installed on my machine, and run either. I share reports with others in the company, and those will need to stay at 3.0.
I tried including the following in sqldeveloper.conf
This resulted in a warning:
(Replacing back slashes with forward slashes made no difference)
WARNING: Unknown directive: SetUserHomeVariable
SQL Developer 3.1 with bundled JDK.
According to documentation, the IDE_USER_DIR is picked up automatically if set, so there should be no need for an additional conf file set statement in any recent SQL Developer release. There is another way, however:
A similar case occurs when one wishes to run SQL Developer from a flash-drive and also keep user-related information on that drive, e.g.,
1. Unzip SQL Developer into E:\sqldeveloper
2. Add the following line to one of your conf files: ide\bin\jdk.conf, ide\bin\ide.conf, or sqldeveloper\bin\sqldeveloper.conf
3. Note that the "include" sequence for these conf files is jdk.conf -> ide.conf -> sqldeveloper.conf
AddVMOption -Dide.user.dir=../../.sqldeveloper The path given is relative to a starting directory of E:\sqldeveloper\sqldeveloper\bin, so the directory containing user-related data will be E:\sqldeveloper\.sqldeveloper
If you look in Help|About|Properties, you can scroll to find the ide.user.dir property and other related properties. The Help also documents which files or types of files will be stored there. See SQL Developer Concepts and Usages|SQL Developer Preferences, then Location of User-Related Information.
SQL Developer Team