3 Installing the Oracle WebCenter Sites Software

Follow the steps in this section to install the Oracle WebCenter Sites software.

Before beginning the installation, ensure that you have verified your system environment (Roadmap for Verifying Your System Environment) and have installed Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure (Installing and Configuring the Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure).

3.1 Verifying the Installation Checklist

The installation process requires specific information from you.

Table 3-1 lists important items that you must know before, or decide during, Oracle WebCenter Sites installation.

Table 3-1 Installation Checklist

Information Example Value Description



Environment variable that points to the Java JDK home directory.

Database host


Name and domain of the host where the database is running.

Database port


Port number that the database listens on. The default Oracle database listen port is 1521.

Database service name


Oracle databases require a unique service name. The default service name is orcl.

DBA username


Name of user with database administration privileges. The default DBA user on Oracle databases is SYS.

DBA password


Password of the user with database administration privileges.



Directory in which you will install your software.

This directory will include Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure and Oracle WebCenter Sites, as needed.

WebLogic Server hostname


Host name for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle WebCenter Sites consoles.

Console port


Port for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle WebCenter Sites consoles.



Location in which your domain data is stored.



Location in which your application data is stored.

Administrator user name for your WebLogic domain


Name of the user with Oracle WebLogic Server administration privileges. The default administrator user is weblogic.

Administrator user password


Password of the user with Oracle WebLogic Server administration privileges.

RCU utility


Path to the Repository Creation Utility (RCU).

RCU schema prefix


Prefix for names of database schemas used by Oracle WebCenter Sites.

RCU schema password


Password for the database schemas used by Oracle WebCenter Sites.

Configuration utility


Path to the configuration wizard for domain creation and configuration.

3.2 Starting the Installation Program

Before running the installation, you must verify the JDK and required software.

To start the installation program:

  1. Log in to the target system.
  2. Verify that a certified JDK already exists on your system. The installer requires a certified JDK. See the appropriate certification document on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page.
  3. Verify that you have installed all prerequisite software.
  4. Go to the directory where you downloaded the installation program.
  5. Launch the installation program by running the java executable from the JDK directory on your system:
    • On UNIX operating systems: /home/Oracle/Java/jdk1.8.0_40/bin/java —jar fmw_12.

    • On Windows operating systems: C:\home\Oracle\Java\jdk1.8.0_40\bin\java -jar fmw_12.

    Be sure to replace the JDK location in these examples with the actual JDK location on your system.


You can also launch the installer in silent mode to ensure that configuration options do not appear during the installation process. For more about silent or command line installation, see Using the Oracle Universal Installer in Silent Mode in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

When the installation program appears, you are ready to begin the installation. See the next topic for a description of each installation program screen.

3.3 Navigating the Installation Screens

The installation program shows a series of screens; see the following table for the order in which they appear.

If you need additional help with an installation screen, click the screen name. You can also click Help on the installation screens for additional instructions.

Table 3-2 Oracle WebCenter Sites Install Screens

Screen Description

Installation Inventory Setup

On UNIX operating systems, this screen opens if this is the first time you are installing any Oracle product on this host. Specify the location where you want to create your central inventory. Make sure that the operating system group name selected on this screen has write permissions to the central inventory location.

For more about the central inventory, see "Understanding the Oracle Central Inventory" in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

This screen does not appear on Windows operating systems.


This screen introduces you to the product installer.

Auto Updates

Use this screen to search for the latest software updates, including important security updates, via your My Oracle Support account.

Installation Location

Use this screen to specify your Oracle home directory location. This Oracle home should already contain Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure.

You can click View to verify and ensure that you are installing Oracle WebCenter Sites in the correct Oracle home.

For more about Oracle Fusion Middleware directory structure, see "Selecting Directories for Installation and Configuration" in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Installation Type

Choose the WebCenter Sites install option. If you want to install examples, choose WebCenter Sites — With Examples. To install Satellite Server only, choose WebCenter Sites — Satellite Server. All three options install Satellite Server.

Prerequisite Checks

Verifies that your system meets the minimum necessary requirements.

To view the list of tasks that gets verified, select View Successful Tasks. To view log details, select View Log.

If there are warning or error messages, see one of the documents in Roadmap for Verifying Your System Environment.

Installation Summary

Use this screen to verify installation options you selected. If you want to save these options to a response file, click Save Response File and enter the response file location and name. You can use response files later if you perform a silent installation.

All feature sets that are installed after installation is complete are listed here.

For more about silent or command line installation, see "Using the Oracle Universal Installer in Silent Mode" in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

Click Install to begin the installation.

Installation Progress

Shows the installation progress.

When the progress bar reaches 100% complete, click Finish to dismiss the installer or click Next to see a summary.

Installation Complete

Review the summary information on this screen, then click Finish to dismiss the installer.

3.4 Verifying the Installation

After you complete the installation, verify it was successful by completing a series of tasks.

3.4.1 Reviewing the Installation Log Files

Review the contents of the installation log files to make sure that the installer did not encounter any problems.

By default, the installer writes logs files to the Oracle_Inventory_Location/logs (on UNIX operating systems) or Oracle_Inventory_Location\logs (on Windows operating systems) directory.

For a description of the log files and where to find them, see Installation Log Files in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

3.4.2 Checking the Directory Structure

The contents of your installation vary based on the options you selected during the installation.

For more information about the directory structure after installation, see What are the Key Oracle Fusion Middleware Directories? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

3.4.3 Viewing the Contents of the Oracle Home

You can view the contents of the Oracle home using the viewInventory script.

For more information, see Viewing the Contents of an Oracle Home in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.