Installing the Oracle Client on Ubuntu

Posted: October 7, 2008 in HowTo, Oracle, Tips
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1. First step is to download the Oracle Database 10g Client Release 2 ( for Linux x86 zip file from and extract it somewhere.

2. Unzip to a folder

3. Open terminal and run

./runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs

4. Following instructions on OUI to install your software. Note that the error appear when you go about 88% installing about linking files can safely be ignored by clicking Continue. If you face error when progress only reach 87% or early, you should update latest patches for Ubuntu by running update-manager then re-run the installation process.

5. When finishing the installation, you may want to configure your database connections. If you have an existing tnsnames.ora you can use, you can just copy that over to $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/ instead, otherwise you can use this wizard to create a new connection.

6. Exit from installation process when all the copy done.

7. Once you’ve finished creating your connections there’s a script you need to run as root.


Just agree with all the defaults presented and after the script has finished, we’re done.

8. Open terminal and enter following lines:

sudo gedit

after that, open the .bashrc file and append these lines:

export ORACLE_HOME=your_path_to_oracle_home_client
export PATH={your_path_to_oracle_home_client}/bin:$PATH

9. Restart the machine to apply the configuration.

10. Now you can test by open terminal and enter: sqlplus. If you want some gui-tools, create a launcher with launch parameter as: oemapp console

11. and enjoy.

Minh Tran

  1. […] The inspiration for using this technique came from this article by LuckyStar. […]

  2. Christianus says:

    Excelent… it works perfect,
    Thank you very much!

  3. cecco says:

    my usr/bin path was corrupted after this

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