Shay Shmeltzer's Oracle Development Tools Tips

  • April 27, 2009

Installing JDeveloper 11g on Mac OS 10.5

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle

This is actually a guest post - Marc Chanliau from the Oracle Web Service Manager product team sent me a quick email with instructions that he wrote up for installing JDeveloper on a macintosh - and I thought it would make a good blog post that might help people on OTN as well.

 Important Note - an update set of instructions for those installing JDeveloper on Mac Lion OS 10.7 is here.

So here we go with Marc's instructions for:

Installing JDeveloper 11gR1 on Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard)

- Download jdevstudio11110install.jar from OTN (

1. Make Java 6 the default JVM on your Mac

- Run Java Preferences (in /Applications/Utilities/Java)

- Move the Java SE 6 (64 Bit) to the top of the Java application versions


2. In order for the installer to see JKD 1.6 on your Mac, you need to create

a sym link for classes.jar:

cd /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home

sudo mkdir jre

cd jre

sudo mkdir lib

cd lib

sudo ln -s /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/classes/classes.jar rt.jar

3. Run the JDev installer by clicking on the jdevstudio11110install.jar you

downloaded -- this should automatically start the JAR Launcher and unpack


If you keep all recommended install default values, JDev and ADF are installed



WebLogic Server gets installed at:


4. To start JDev, you can create an alias in your .profile file as follows:

alias startjdev="/users/yourusername/oracle/middleware/jdeveloper/jdev/bin/jdev"

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Comments ( 16 )
  • Huwaidi, Hussein A Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    What about the database part? is there a way to have a small Oracle database on my Mac ?
  • shay Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    Seems like you can get an Oracle to work on Mac OSX see:
    And remember that JDeveloper can also work with non-Oracle databases if you need to...
  • leo_fly Saturday, May 30, 2009
    I have a problem tryng to install jDeveloper 11g on my Mac, I did all the steps put when i press on "Install" button, appeared a little window that says "A critical error tryng to install" something like that, and I don't know what to do, could you help me??
  • Shrinivas Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    Dear Shay,
    Sub: Deployment of ADF web application on Sun Solaris 10
    First i would like to say 1000 thanks for your tips/notes that you shared for development of ADF web application that really helped lot for me.
    I ve developed ADF web application, now I want to deploy ADF web application on sun solaris 10(sun sparc-64bit machine),ADF web application was developed on windows using JDeveloper 11g, oracle 10g db, i want to deploy same on solaris 10.
    can you plz tell me basic steps of deployment of ADF web application on solaris 10.
    which software i need to download and basic steps of deployment, i was searching for this in couple of days am getting nothing in google.
    plz suggest any usefully links and steps..
    Kind and Regards
  • shay Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    You'll need to install WebLogic 10.3 on your Solaris machine
    and then follow the deployment instructions from the Fusion Developer Guide.
    (or from this blog entry:
  • Phil Sunday, August 9, 2009
    the install worked - thanks.
    I don't see any .profile files for aliases? There's nothing in my user directory?
    I am new to the Mac Environment, and other Mac java tips are apreciated.
    Where do you typlically set the classpath?
  • Khalid Thursday, September 30, 2010
    thanks a lot mate for the instructions...certainly helpful :D
  • Guillaume Balaine Saturday, March 26, 2011
    Many thanks, worked like a charm. Didn't get that classes.jar was in fact rt.jar
  • bledi Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    Ok it works, thanks!
    BUT, why it's not like any other install or a simple unpack and configure(maybe)?
    This needs to be eliminated in future.
  • guest Friday, November 11, 2011

    There is a slight error in the instructions if you were to cut and paste or follow to the letter the instructions above step two has you create a link through a folder named "classes". The case on the last folder should be capitalized the correct directory is "Classes" so Step 2 would read like this:

    2. In order for the installer to see JKD 1.6 on your Mac, you need to create

    a sym link for classes.jar:

    cd /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home

    sudo mkdir jre

    cd jre

    sudo mkdir lib

    cd lib

    sudo ln -s /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Classes/classes.jar rt.jar

  • guest Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Is this for mac os x server only? Is there any way to install on just plain old mac os x 10.5.8?

  • shay Thursday, November 17, 2011

    guest - JDeveloper will run on a regular mac - no need for X server.

  • guest Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    hi, i have a cuestion, does it make my mac slow ???

  • shay Thursday, December 1, 2011

    guest - the answer is no it won't make your mac slow - it would make your

    application development faster.

  • colin Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    I'm trying to install on an iMac with a SSD and a HDD. The create middleware home does not like spaces in the path. Any recommendations? Both volumes have a name like "Mac HD" and "Mac HD 2". Maybe just change the volume name? I'd like to keep the install as default as possible and am new to Macs, so just wanted to double check...

  • Lauren Monday, July 16, 2012

    Hi all. I'm trying to install Oracle 10 or 11g on a Mac OS X 10.5.8 and it seems impossible. I have found a number of forums giving links to this exact download file, but I always end up back at the Oracle website with the message that the file is no longer available. Is there a patch that can get me to a usable version? Am I out of luck? Thanks.

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