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Oracle Instant Client RPMs Now Available on Oracle Linux Yum Server (yum.oracle.com)

Recently, we added Oracle Instant Client RPMs to the yum servers inside Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Those yum servers are accessible from systems within OCI only. Today, I'm pleased to announce we added Oracle Instant Client RPMs to Oracle Linux yum server. That's right, no more manual steps to accept a license before you can download Oracle Instant Client. Simply run yum install from any Oracle Linux system connected to the Internet.

How to access Oracle Instant Client on Oracle Linux yum server (yum.oracle.com)

First, verify your Oracle Linux yum server configuration as we've recently made some changes in the way repository definitions are delivered. Follow the steps here to verify your setup.

Once you've verified your yum configuration, install the oracle-release-el7 or oracle-release-el6 release package to configure repository definitions for Oracle Instant Client

sudo yum install oracle-release-el7

Oracle Linux yum server currently offers Oracle Instant Client 18.3, which can connect to Oracle Database 11.2 or later.

Here are the instant RPMs currently available:

$ sudo yum list oracle-instantclient*
ol7_UEKR4                                                                         | 1.2 kB  00:00:00     
ol7_latest                                                                        | 1.4 kB  00:00:00     
ol7_oracle_instantclient                                                          | 1.2 kB  00:00:00     
(1/2): ol7_oracle_instantclient/x86_64/primary                                    | 2.2 kB  00:00:00     
(2/2): ol7_oracle_instantclient/x86_64/updateinfo                                 |  145 B  00:00:00     
ol7_oracle_instantclient                                                                             7/7
Available Packages
oracle-instantclient18.3-basic.x86_64                      ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-basiclite.x86_64                  ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-devel.x86_64                      ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-jdbc.x86_64                       ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-odbc.x86_64                       ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-sqlplus.x86_64                    ol7_oracle_instantclient
oracle-instantclient18.3-tools.x86_64                      ol7_oracle_instantclient


With Oracle Instant Client RPMs now on our publicly available Oracle Linux yum server, it's even easier to develop and deploy applications for Oracle Database.

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Comments ( 11 )
  • Bruno Lavoie Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Can this instant client repo be used on all RHEL derivatives?

  • Sergio Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    @Bruno: you may use this repo with any RPM-based Linux distribution.
  • John Fak Thursday, December 13, 2018
    AWESOME !!!
  • Jon B Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    Are the Oracle 12.1/12.2 instant client packages available anywhere via yum? I swear about 6 weeks ago I used yum to grab them, but it cannot find them anymore.
  • Sergio Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    @Jon: not as of yet. They are available in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure yum mirrors
  • Christopher Jones Thursday, January 24, 2019
    @Jon: the 18c client libraries will connect to the same DB versions that the 12.2 client does. Some tools may have additional limitations.

    @Sergio can you update the blog to reflect the recent modular yum changes?
  • Sergio Thursday, January 24, 2019
    @Chris: good point. Done.
  • Raul Saturday, June 8, 2019
    What directory do the rpms get save to and my Centos linux box, after I install them from the Oracle Linux yum server??
  • Simon Tuesday, June 18, 2019
    Hi Raul,

    RPMs are always saved under default path:

    # /var/cache/yum

    That said, you can always use "yumdownloader" to download a specific RPM.

  • Rafael Reuber Monday, January 20, 2020
    This does not work for Oracle Linux 8 :(
  • Simon Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Hi Rafael,

    the database team is working to introduce the support of the Oracle Database components on Oracle Linux 8 but there's no ETA actually.
    For now, Oracle Linux 7 is latest OS release where we have instant-client RPM available.

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