Learn about the Oracle APEX 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 APEX supports the ability to install just a runtime version of Oracle APEX. 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 APEX 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 APEX runtime environment using SQL*Plus or SQL Developer and the
"About the Advantages of the Application Express Runtime Environment" in Oracle APEX 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: