The Return of "Easy": Oracle Database 11g Express Edition

We don't usually make a big deal about new product releases. But this one is an exception.

Oracle Database XE, which was initially based on Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code when it was released in 2007, was a major success in introducing Oracle Database technology to new users. It was easy to install, easy to manage, and easy to build lightweight Web apps with. And, no small thing, it was free (gratis) - to use or distribute.

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Express Edition, now available, picks up where the previous release left off. For a quick summary, see this TechCast we recently recorded during the Beta period with Kris Rice, XE's chief architect:

We think you'll enjoy the "easy" ethos of this new release as much as you did with the previous one. Plus, you'll get an introduction to Oracle Database 11g Release 2 features such as Universal Connection pooling - see here for a full list.  Note that the storage limit has increased to 11GB (from 4 GB) as well.

Does it run on Solaris? If not they why?

Posted by guest on September 05, 2011 at 08:20 PM PDT #

XE is intended to be a "starter" Oracle RDBMS for students and learners. Solaris is not a popular platform among those populations.

Posted by guest on September 06, 2011 at 03:35 AM PDT #

it has only the 32bit edition for windows, does it work on 64bit??

Posted by Mahmoud Abdelhafez on February 04, 2012 at 08:38 AM PST #


A version for 64-bit Windows is planned but I have no ETA for you.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on February 06, 2012 at 08:52 AM PST #

The question in the comments asked if it works on 64-bit Windows, but the question was not answered. I am running Windows 7 professional, 64-bit. Will the 32-bit version of 11g Express Edition run on Windows 7 professional edition, 64 bit? I am taking an Oracle Database class at Los Angeles Pierce College; this is a question that many of the students in the class will need an answer to. Thanks for your assistance. Michael

Posted by guest on February 12, 2012 at 09:11 AM PST #

It depends on what you mean by "works" - it may install, but it's not certified on that platform and thus you may encounter problems.

We suggest that you visit to ask other users about their experiences.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on February 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM PST #

I've had nothing but problems installing, using, uninstalling the 32-bit edition on Windows Home Premium 64-bit. Nothing but problems. My OS has otherwise been perfect until my professor told us to install 11g Express Edition.

Posted by guest on February 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM PST #

As I previously explained, XE is not certified on Windows 64-bit. Translation: you should not expect it to work without problems.

Have you considered installing Enterprise Edition instead? It can be used for free in perpetuity for self-education purposes.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on February 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM PST #

I was not aware that Enterprise Edition could be used free for education purposes. My professor certainly never mentioned this, and I will let her know.

I will try to install it. Is there any special instructions for 'registering' Enterprise Edition for educational use?

Thank you.

Posted by guest on February 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM PST #

No, there is no special registration process. But the installation process may be a bit more involved and the footprint is larger of course.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on February 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM PST #

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