Learn about the Oracle Application Express runtime environment.
As with any software development life cycle, Oracle strongly recommends that you have different environments for development, testing/QA, and production. For testing and production instances, Oracle Application Express supports the ability to install just a runtime version of Oracle Application Express. This runtime environment minimizes the installed footprint and privileges and improves application security since in a runtime instance developers cannot inadvertently update a production application.
An Oracle Application Express runtime environment enables you to run production applications, but it does not provide a Web interface for administration. A runtime environment only includes the packages necessary to run your application, making it a more hardened environment. You administer the Oracle Application Express runtime environment using SQL*Plus or SQL Developer and the
"About the Advantages of the Application Express Runtime Environment" in Oracle Application Express App Builder User’s Guide
Scripts are provided to remove or add the developer interface from an existing instance. To learn more, see one of the following for the corresponding type of installation: