2.3 Understanding the Workspace Home Page

When you sign in to Oracle Application Express, the Workspace home page appears. Use the Workspace home page to access key development components including App Builder, SQL Workshop, Team Development, and the Gallery.

Each Oracle Application Express development instance can contain multiple workspaces. A workspace is a virtual private database which enables multiple users to work within the same Oracle Application Express installation while keeping their objects, data and applications private. This section describes the sections that make up the Workspace home page.

2.3.1 Workspace Home Page

Menu Bar

A menu bar displays at the top of the page. This menu bar displays on most App Builder pages. Click a menu to access an alternate navigation path to different components within App Builder, SQL Workshop, or Team Development. The illustration that follows shows the App Builder menu.

Workspace Home Page Icons

The center of the Workspace home page features the following large icons:

  • App Builder - Create an application, composed of a set of HTML pages, based on database objects.

  • SQL Workshop - Access tools for viewing and managing database objects.

  • Team Development - Track and manage issues in a conversational fashion. You can create templates to provide users with starter text for issues and comments. You can apply labels and label groups, assign issue owners, and set milestones.

  • Gallery - The Gallery enables you to access to Starter Apps, Sample Apps, and plug-ins available in the Oracle APEX GitHub Repository.

    Starter Apps are functional apps that provide stand-alone point-solutions, designed to meet simple requirements that do not require a large and unnecessarily complex solution. You can use these apps "out of the box" or extend them with your own custom functionality. Sample Apps highlight specific functionality and are intended to serve as a developer guide on how to make use of a particular feature. Plug-ins enable you to extend your APEX applications with custom functionality that is not available natively in the platform. Follow the on-screen instructions.

2.3.2 Top Apps and Top Users Dashboards

The Top Apps and Top Users regions display at the bottom of the page. These regions offer real time information about development activities in the current workspace.

2.3.3 Summary and Messages Regions

Summary Region

The Summary region list total applications, tables, and developers in the current workspace.

Workspace Message and System Message Regions

The Workspace Message region displays beneath the Summary region. In the previous image, the Workspace Message reads Sample Workspace Message. Administrators can update or edit a workspace message by clicking the edit icon.

The System Message region displays next. Instance administrator can create a System Message to communicate with other users within an instance. In the previous image, the System Message reads Sample System Message.

See Also:

2.3.4 Resources and Available Updates Regions


The Resources region displays below System Message. Administrators can add links to the Resources list to communicate important user information such as training, discussion forums, and user feedback applications. The Resources region only appears if resources have been defined in Administration Services.


To ensure the security and performance of your development environment, this functionality is not available in APEX instances running in Oracle Cloud.

See Also:

Managing the Site-Specific Resources List in Oracle APEX Administration Guide

Available Updates

The Available Updates region displays on the lower right side of the page and indicates if updates are available for Oracle Application Express and the Oracle REST Data Services. If your installation is current the following message displays:

System is up-to-date

To configure updates, click the Set Preferences for Available Updates icon which displays on the right side of the region. In the dialog, enable or disable updates by selecting Yes or No from the Check for Available Updates list and click Apply Changes.


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