Installing Oracle Database Client Using Image File

Extract the Oracle Database Client image files and use the setup.exe command to start the Oracle Database Client installation.

Starting with 19c, the Oracle Database Client software is also available as an image file for download and installation.

Have all the information you need to provide regarding storage paths before you start the installation. Oracle recommends that you have your My Oracle Support credentials available during installation. During installation, you are asked to run configuration scripts as the root user. You must run these scripts manually as root when prompted.

  1. Log in to Windows as an Administrator user. If you are installing on a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) or a Backup Domain Controller (BDC), log on as a member of the Domain Administrators group.
  2. Download the Oracle Database Client installation image files ( to a directory of your choice.
  3. Create the Oracle home directory and extract the client image files that you have downloaded.


    Oracle recommends that the Oracle home directory path you create is in compliance with the Oracle Optimal Flexible Architecture recommendations.
  4. From the Oracle home directory, run the setup.exe command to start the Oracle Database Client Setup Wizard.
    C:\> cd \app\oracle\product\21.0.0\client_1
    C:\> setup.exe


    Run the setup.exe command from the Oracle home directory only. Do not use the setup.exe command that resides at C:\> ORACLE_HOME\oui\bin\, or any other location, to install Oracle Database, Oracle Database Client, or Oracle Grid Infrastructure.
  5. The setup wizard starts an Administrator type installation of Oracle Database Client.

    Installation screens vary depending on the installation option you select. Respond to the configuration prompts as needed.


    At any time during installation, if you have a question about what you are being asked to do, click Help.