How to install a (portable) Oracle SQL Developer in Windows

Setting up Oracle SQL Developer on any machine may require less than 5 minutes provided you have access to high speed internet along with administrative rights of your machine. However if you are one of myself, working in an organization having restricted access, the portable version may be quite useful.

After googling around, i managed to create a portable version of Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 for windows platform. Below is the summary of steps (URL references) you may find useful in creating a portable version:

Step 1: Download Java (e.g. jdk-8u45-windows-i586.exe for 32-bit windows)

Step 2: Create a portable version of Java
Details of this step are nicely defined at ‘How to install a (portable) JDK in Windows without admin rights‘.

Step 3: Download Oracle SQL Developer (e.g

Step 4: Unzip the downloaded file to say ‘d:\sqldev-portable\’ folder

Step 5: Create a ‘jdk’ folder within ‘d:\sqldev-portable\sqldeveloper\’ folder

Step 6: Copy portable version of Java to the ‘jdk’ folder (as created in previous step)

Step 7: Define user directory. This is the directory where sqldeveloper will save user specific settings (on first time use). On windows the default directory for this is

c:\users\myuser\AppData\Roaming\SQL Developer\

However since we are creating a portable version therefore it would be better that these settings are also saved relative to our ‘d:\sqldev-portable\’ folder. Now in order to override the defaults, we need to add the following line to the SQL Developer configuration file (d:\sqldev-portable\sqldeveloper\bin\sqldeveloper.conf) (reference)

AddVMOption -Dide.user.dir=../../.sqldeveloper

Step 8: Now take a backup of ‘d:\sqldev-portable\’ folder before executing the sqldevelper.exe file (within d:\sqldev-portable\sqldeveloper\’ folder).


About Moiz

I am working as a data warehouse architect. My areas of expertise includes data modeling. Recently i have completed Data Science Specialization through Coursera and trying to take my data skills to next level.
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4 Responses to How to install a (portable) Oracle SQL Developer in Windows

  1. Mosbah says:

    Thank you very much for your topic, it’s working very fine (Win 7)

  2. it works but…which are de passwords for SYS user i need it in order to do a connection to the database

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