Oracle SQL Developer is a free graphical user interface. It allows the database users and administers to do their task in fewer keystrokes and clicks. Actually it is the Oracle Database IDE. It is one of the productive tools in the market. Its prime objective is to help the end users to save their time and hence maximize the return on investment in the Oracle Database technology stack. SQL developer supports Oracle Database 10g, 11g, and 12c. It will run on any operating system that supports Java. SQL Developer has powerful editors which work with SQL, PL/ SQL, stored java procedures, and XML.

Before going to download the software you have to make sure that the required environment for the software is fulfilled. You can check it either going to the Oracle website or checking on Google. Preparing the environment may depend on the platform you are using or an early edition of SQL Developer that you have previously installed.

In order to download the SQL Developer, you must go to any website which offers you a download of the software. There are a variety of sources that offer you a download of the Oracle Database and Oracle JDeveloper. SQL Developer is a free product and can be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network, . Go to this link to reach the download. According to the Oracle website, most of the Oracle software is free to download if you have an Oracle Technology Network (OTN) account. If you do not have one, just go to the website. After a sign up process and excepting the OTN license agreement you are free to download the Oracle SQL developer. Use the above mentioned link to reach the site, where you can find the details of the release. The software releases are regularly updated with news of preview release and latest articles.

SQL Developer requires the Java SE Development Kit (JDK).it also includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and some other tools. Microsoft windows need SQL Developer with the JDK. So keep in mind that you may have to download and unzip the product separately. Whereas, other operating systems need JDK and SQL Developer. So should download it directly to the path yourself. SQL Developer site offers three download choices to the users. They are:

  • 1 Microsoft windows (with or without the JDK)
  • 2 Linux (without the JDK)
  • 3 Mac OS X (without the JDK)
  • So make the selection and download the required file. Beware that SQL Developer does not use an installer. So you must download all the files to a particular folder in your hard disk and unzip the files using any quality software. You must unzip the files to an empty folder. After the unzip process completes, locate the set up file and run it. The installation process will automatically start. Please do not unzip SQL Developer into an Oracle home folder or an existing SQL developer install. This is amazing software, so make use of it completely.