You know when you are waiting for the 39 bus for ages, and then two of them turn up at the same time. It’s a bit like this with Oracle 21c XE Database Docker image being released a few days after the 18XE Docker image!
Again we have Gerald Venzi to thank for putting these together and making them available.
Are you running an Apple M1 chip Laptop? If so, follow these instructions (and ignore the rest of this post)
If you want to install Oracle 21c XE yourself then go to the download page and within a few minutes you are ready to go. Remember 21c XE is a fully featured version of their main Enterprise Database, with a few limitations, basically on size of deployment. You’d be surprised how many organisations who’s data would easily fit within these limitations/restrictions. The resource limits of Oracle Database 21 XE include:
- 2 CPU threads
- 2 GB of RAM
- 12GB of user data (Compression is included so you can store way way more than 12G)
- 3 pluggable Databases
It is important to note, there are some additional restrictions on feature availability, for example Parallel Query is not possible, etc.
Remember the 39 bus scenario I mentioned above. A couple of weeks ago the Oracle 18c XE Docker image was released. This is a full installation of the database and all you need to do is to download it and run it. Nothing else is required. Check out my previous post on this.
To download, install and run Oracle 21c XE Docker image, just run the following commands.
docker pull gvenzl/oracle-xe:21-full docker run -d -p 1521:1521 -e ORACLE_PASSWORD=SysPassword1 -v oracle-volume:/opt/oracle/XE21CFULL/oradata gvenzl/oracle-xe:21-full docker rename da37a77bb436 21cFull sqlplus system/SysPassword1@//localhost/XEPDB1
It’s a good idea to create a new schema for your work. Here is an example to create a schema called ‘demo’. First log into system using sqlplus, as shown above, and then run these commands.
create user demo identified by demo quota unlimited on users; grant connect, resource to demo;
To check that schema was created you can connect to it using sqlplus.
Then to stop the image from running and to restart it, just run the following
docker stop 21cFull docker start 21cFull
Check out my previous post on Oracle 18c XE setup for a few more commands.
SQL Developer Connection Setup
An alternative way to connect to the Database is to use SQL Developer. The following image shows and example of connecting to a schema called DEMO, which I created above. See the connection details in this image. They are the same as what is shown above when connecting using sqlplus.