Introducing Oracle Database 23c Free

September 19, 2023 | 1 minute read
Gerald Venzl
Senior Director
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Oracle Database 23c Free, a free offering of the industry-leading Oracle Database that enterprises rely on every day, is now generally available.

Oracle Database 23c Free is packaged for ease of use and a full-featured experience, making it the perfect entry-level database for anyone who wants to Develop, Learn, and Run an Oracle Database for Free. It is available straight from the web, with no user account or license click-through requirements, enabling simple and fast access to the world’s only converged database that supports all data models and workload types. It can be downloaded as a standalone file, Container image, or VirtualBox appliance.

Oracle Database Free is the successor of Oracle Database Express Edition (XE). It is released under the same Free Use Terms and Conditions, resource limits, and community support as its predecessor. Users of Oracle Database Express Edition are advised to upgrade to Oracle Database 23c Free now to take advantage of the latest and greatest features of Oracle Database.

The built-in upward compatibility with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and Oracle Database cloud services ensures that users of Oracle Database Free can move to any other Oracle Database offering anytime.

Users of Oracle Database 23c Free – Developer Release, the developer-exclusive, first release of Oracle Database 23c, are advised to upgrade to Oracle Database 23c Free. Oracle Database 23c Free – Developer Release is no longer available for download.


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Gerald Venzl

Senior Director

Gerald Venzl is a Senior Director of Product Manager for Oracle. During his career, Gerald has worked as a Developer, DBA, Performance Tuner, Software Architect, Consultant and Enterprise Architect prior to his current role, while still being active as a developer in his free time and on open source projects. This allowed Gerald to live several different lives in the IT sector, providing him with a solid understanding of the concerns in these individual areas while gaining a holistic view overall. Gerald focuses on advocating how to build systems that provide flexibility yet still meet the needs of the users.

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