1 Preparing to Install Oracle JDeveloper

This chapter helps to prepare you for your Oracle JDeveloper installation.

This chapter contains the following sections:

1.1 What is Oracle JDeveloper?

Oracle JDeveloper provides an extremely productive development environment that covers the full development life cycle and integrates features addressing the multitude of technologies used for building standard-based enterprise applications.

Following are some of the salient features of Oracle JDeveloper:

  • Integrates development features for Java, SOA, Web 2.0, Database, XML and Web services into a single development tool.

  • Covers the full development life cycle from initial design and analysis, through the coding and testing phases, all the way to deployment.

  • Focuses on increasing developers productivity by offering a visual and declarative approach to application design that provide a simpler way to define the components that construct an application, thereby simplifying and eliminating tedious coding.

  • Integrates the full set of features needed for developing composite applications with specific features that address technologies such as Java, Database, web page designing, Web Services and XML, Fusion Middleware, and others.

1.2 Roadmap for Installing Oracle JDeveloper Studio

This guide provides all the steps required to install Oracle JDeveloper. Within the procedures, the guide also provides references to additional information you refer to. Table 1-1 shows the steps that you need to do to install Oracle JDeveloper.

Table 1-1 Roadmap for Installing Oracle JDeveloper Studio

Task Description Documentation

Verify your system environment

Before beginning the installation, verify that the minimum system and network requirements are met.

See Section 1.4 and Section 1.5

Obtain the appropriate software distribution

To install Oracle JDeveloper on your system, obtain the Oracle JDeveloper Studio distribution

See Section 1.3

Install the software

Run the installation program to install the software. This transfers the software to your system and creates the Oracle home directory for the software that you have installed.

See Chapter 2

Customize your Oracle JDeveloper on Startup

To proceed to use Oracle JDeveloper Studio, customize the settings on your system.

See Section 2.2.3

1.3 Understanding and Obtaining the Oracle JDeveloper Distributions

Oracle JDeveloper is available in two distinct distributions as described in Table 1-2:

Table 1-2 Oracle JDeveloper Distributions

Distribution Description

Oracle JDeveloper Studio

Includes not only the Oracle JDeveloper Integrated Development Environment, but also the embedded Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure software, which includes Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Application Development Framework for developing and testing Java and Oracle ADF applications.

Oracle JDeveloper Java

A smaller version of Oracle JDeveloper in ZIP file format for developers who want to develop pure Java applications without the Oracle WebLogic Server or Oracle ADF.

The Oracle JDeveloper Studio installer is available in the following forms:

  • Platform-Specific Installer

    The following platform-specific installers include the required JDK:

    • Windows Installer (jdev_suite_121200_win32.exe and jdev_suite_121200_win64.exe)

    • Linux Installer (jdev_suite_121200_linux32.bin and jdev_suite_121200_linux64.bin)

  • Generic Installer

    The generic installer (jdev_suite_121200.jar) can be used to install Oracle JDeveloper Studio on any platform. To use this installer, you must have the required JDK installed on your system.

    For information about the JDK versions, see "Installing a JDK" in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

To obtain the Oracle JDeveloper Studio distribution, see "Obtaining Product Distributions" in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

You can download the Oracle JDeveloper Installer from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) web site: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/jdev/downloads/index.html

1.4 Verifying Your System Requirements for Installing Oracle JDeveloper

This release of Oracle JDeveloper is tested and supported on specific versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. For information about recommended CPU, memory, display, and hard drive configurations, see "Oracle JDeveloper Requirements" in Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications

In addition, Oracle JDeveloper is supported on any operating system that supports Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 7 Update 15 or later. For information about the certified JDK for your installation, see "Installing a JDK" in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware

1.5 Verifying the Oracle JDeveloper Certification Information

For the most current information on software that is certified for use with Oracle JDeveloper, see the Oracle JDeveloper documentation information on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN): http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/jdev/documentation/index.html.


This version of Oracle JDeveloper ships with Apache ANT Higher versions of ANT might work with this release, but they are not supported, and might cause unexpected behavior.

1.6 Deploying and Testing Applications Developed in Oracle JDeveloper

If you use the Oracle JDeveloper Studio distribution, you can test your applications locally in an embedded version of Oracle WebLogic Server that contains the required libraries and Oracle ADF runtime software. For more information, see Section 3.9, "Using Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle JDeveloper".

To deploy Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications from Oracle JDeveloper, install and configure the Oracle WebLogic Server and Coherence distribution. For more information, see Installing and Configuring Oracle WebLogic Server and Coherence.

To deploy Oracle ADF applications from Oracle JDeveloper, install and configure the Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure distribution. For more information, see Installing and Configuring the Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure.