Tools Support

Oracle provides a number of utilities to facilitate your SQL development process:

  • Oracle SQL Developer is a graphical tool that lets you browse, create, edit, and delete (drop) database objects, edit and debug PL/SQL code, run SQL statements and scripts, manipulate and export data, and create and view reports.

    Using SQL Developer, you can connect to any target Oracle Database schema using standard Oracle Database authentication. DBAs can also use SQL Developer to administer and monitor their database, with interfaces for Data Pump, RMAN, and Auditing also included.

    Once connected, you can perform operations on objects in the database. You can also connect to schemas for selected databases, such as MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Amazon Redshift, view metadata and data in these databases, and migrate these databases to Oracle Database.

  • Oracle SQL Developer Command Line (SQLcl) is a free command line interface for Oracle Database. It allows you to interactively or batch execute SQL and PL/SQL.

    SQLcl offers integrated Oracle Cloud (OCI) support, client side scripting with JavaScript, custom commands, and updated SQL*Plus commands (INFO vs DESC). Additionally, SQLcl provides native vi or Emacs editing, statement completion, and persistent command recall for a feature-rich experience, all while supporting your previously written SQL*Plus scripts.

  • Database Actions delivers your favorite Oracle Database desktop tool’s features and experience to your web browser. Delivered as a single-page web application, Database Actions is powered by Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS).

    Database Actions offers a worksheet for running queries and scripts, the ability to manage and browse your data dictionary, a REST development environment for your REST APIs and AUTOREST enabled objects, an interface for Oracle’s JSON Document Store (SODA), a DBA console for managing the database, a data model reporting solution, and access to PerfHub. Database Actions is also available automatically for any Oracle Autonomous Database OCI Service.

  • SQL*Plus is an interactive and batch query tool that is installed with every Oracle Database server or client installation. It has a command-line user interface.

The Oracle Call Interface and Oracle precompilers let you embed standard SQL statements within a procedure programming language.

  • The Oracle Call Interface (OCI) lets you embed SQL statements in C programs.

  • The Oracle precompilers, Pro*C/C++ and Pro*COBOL, interpret embedded SQL statements and translate them into statements that can be understood by C/C++ and COBOL compilers, respectively.

See Also:

Oracle C++ Call Interface Programmer's Guide, Pro*COBOL Programmer's Guide, and Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide for additional information on the embedded SQL statements allowed in each product

Most (but not all) Oracle tools also support all features of Oracle SQL. This reference describes the complete functionality of SQL. If the Oracle tool that you are using does not support this complete functionality, then you can find a discussion of the restrictions in the manual describing the tool, such as SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference.