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How to install oracle client to Ubuntu 12.04

Install SQL*Plus

  1. Download .rpm package here
    • oracle-instantclinet*-basic-*.rpm
    • oracle-instantclinet*-devel-*.rpm
    • oracle-instantclinet*-sqlplus-*.rpm
  2. Install alien (sudo apt-get install alien)
  3. Convert the rpm files and install
    • sudo alien -i oracle-instantclinet*-basic-*.rpm
    • sudo alien -i oracle-instantclinet*-devel-*.rpm
    • sudo alien -i oracle-instantclinet*-sqlplus-*.rpm
  4. Install libaio1
  5. Add oracle.conf (echo /usr/lib/oracle/12.1/client/lib > /etc/ and Reload .conf (sudo ldconfig)
      • If cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory is displayed when execute sqlplus
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client is spelled wrong in the text

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m3nu commented Mar 30, 2016

Worked great. Lifesaver. System: Debian 8

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Brilliant, this is always a pain. Thanks 👍

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He missed later add the line.
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/oracle/12.1/client64/lib

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Lifesaver for me 👍

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mloskot commented Sep 24, 2017

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can't find oracle-instantclinet*-devel-*.rpm here

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The real MVP

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sssshah commented Jul 10, 2019

This is great! Thank you! Btw, if you're using Oracle 18c, than you may need to change it to /usr/lib/oracle/18.3/client64/lib/
Also, you can find the default /network/admin directory here - /usr/lib/oracle/18.3/client64/lib/network/admin
This is the location for sqlnet.ora, tnsnames.ora etc

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Thanks, you help me!!

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I'm getting: sqlplus: command not found
I've install 19.3 basic lite and it seems to not recognize sqlplus command. I've set ORACLE_HOME to the correct value. If I navigate to /usr/lib/oracle/19.3/client64, I do not see sqlplus command anywhere there.

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sssshah commented Oct 11, 2019

Make sure you have installed oracle-instantclinet*-sqlplus-*.rpm as well. The basic client does not have SqlPlus.

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hcervantes commented Oct 15, 2019

Make sure you have installed oracle-instantclinet*-sqlplus-*.rpm as well. The basic client does not have SqlPlus.

This worked. After I installed the oracle-instantclient19.3-sqlplus-, I had to integrate the Ora libs by:
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/oracle/19.3/client64/lib/${LD_LIBRARY_PATH:+:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH}

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It's not "oracle-instantclinet*"!
The right name is "oracle-instantclient*"

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Works great. Thanks ^_^

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It worked. Thank you.

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nmofonseca commented Oct 7, 2020

Thansk for this.
The installation was preety smoth using 12.2 instead of 12.1 like in ubuntu server. For some reason when I tried in WSL2 Ubuntu the installation also works however even with export TNS_ADMIN=pathtotnsnames or placing tnsnames.ora/sqlnet.ora into /usr/lib/oracle/12.2/client64/lib/network/admin or /usr/lib/oracle/12.2/client64/network/admin it still doesn't connect to the databases. As anyone tried this in WSL2? Cheers.

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Ryanb58 commented Sep 21, 2021

Sadly, the Instant Client does not have what I am looking for... tnsping. I think you have to install the full client to get that specific tool.

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