Using my Dell E6420 laptop (running Windows 7), I downloaded SQL Developer 3.2 64-bit from OTN and after it finished downloading I double-clicked on the file. It opened 7-Zip and displayed a zip file ("sqldeveloper"). When I double-clicked on that file, it opened, but I don't see any type of "install" or "setup" file among the list of folders and files displayed. The Readme file doesn't offer any installation instructions either.
There's no installer.
You need to extract all the files to a new folder on your machine - don't run any of the exe's from inside the ZIP.
You should be able to be up and running in 5 minutes or less. I have more detailed instructions and a video on my blog
The official installation notes are on the download page:
This download does not include the JDK. You can connect to and use any JDK 1.6.0_11 or above.
To install and run:
- Ensure you have a JDK installed, if not, download here
(click the Download for JDK 6 Update <xx>, where <xx> is the latest update)
- Download the file above
- Extract sqldeveloper.zip into any folder, using folder names
- Within that folder, open the sqldeveloper folder
- Double-click sqldeveloper.exe
Thanks, Jeff! However, I'm having trouble extracting the sqldeveloper folder. I'm trying to save it to C:/Program Files/Oracle/SQL Developer directory, and each time I try, I get an error message in 7-Zip saying it can't open the files enclosed in the zip file. An inspection of the directory afterwards shows that it's empty.
Edited by: user568537 on Oct 12, 2012 9:53 AM
You have to provide us more information.
Where did you get stuck?
What happens when you try to run SQL Developer?
Did you download a 64 bit JDK?
Did you get a prompt for the location of Java when you ran SQL Developer?
Did you point it to the JDK you installed?
Are you getting an error message of any kind?
Please re-read my first and second posts to this thread.
1) Where did you get stuck?
Trying to extract the "sqldeveloper" zip file from 7-Zip to my C:\Program Files\Oracle\SQL Developer directory
2) What happens when you try to run SQL Developer?
3) Did you download a 64 bit JDK?
4) Did you get a prompt for the location of Java when you ran SQL Developer?
5) Did you point it to the JDK you installed?
6) Are you getting an error message of any kind?
7-Zip opens an error dialog listing all of the 1,164 files within the "sqldeveloper" zip file (and sub-folders), each with the message, "Cannot open output file..."
Windows is stopping you from writing to Program Files.
You could write it to your desktop instead, or use a privileged account, or suspend/disable UAC
Thanks, Jeff. I was able to extract the file to my Desktop, and I followed that up by double-clicking on the sqldeveloper.exe file. As expected, it asked me for the path to the appropriate java.exe file. I did a search for all java.exe files on my system, and found the following:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin
C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco System\Cisco IP Communicator\JRE\bin
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin
C:\Users\mamontgo\My Documents\Oracle\OU\Apps\Workflow\Workflow 2.6\SQL Developer\sqldeveloper\jdk\jre\bin
So is the java.exe file in the "C:\OraHome_1\jdk\bin" directory the appropriate one to use?
Edited by: user568537 on Oct 12, 2012 11:36 AM
1. The JDK is required. For example, see Re: C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin
2. Currently 3.2.1 requires JDK 1.6 update 11 or higher (but avoid JDK 1.7 for the time-being).
3. Next release requires JDK 1.6 update 35 or higher
So either make sure the JDK you already have installed is between 1.6.0_11 and 1.6.0_35 (run *java -version from that directory) or just download and install update 35 from...
SQL Developer Team
Thanks, Jeff! I downloaded the JDK 1.6 update 35 and used that for the SQL Developer JDK path, and it worked just fine. I am able to open and use SQL Developer now. Thanks so much for all your help!