Oracle Database 23ai Free VirtualBox Appliance

Updated: July 2024

Welcome to the Oracle Database 23ai Free VirtualBox Appliance. This document describes how to install a virtual guest appliance that provides pre-configured Oracle software for your use.

This virtual machine contains:

  • Oracle Linux 8.8
  • Oracle Database 23ai Free
  • Oracle REST Data Services 24.2.2
  • Oracle SQLcl 24.2.0
  • Oracle APEX 24.1


  • At least 4GB RAM.
  • At least 20GB of free space (Note: virtualization works best with contiguous space so it is a good idea if on Windows to run a defrag program, and make sure you are using NTFS for your file system to handle large files on Windows.)


  • Database Docs
  • Forums - Discussions with Oracle Database product team, other users, and provide feature feedback


Step 1. Download and install Oracle VM VirtualBox on your host system.


Release Notes

size: 6,146,150,400 bytes

md5sum: bcdc7de3f34ef38078d80f9cc673dc2f

sha1sum: 2ee28c0a4fe2657517a251dcb22c6db948a05670

Step 2. Import your VM: File > Import Appliance to launch Appliance Import Wizard. Click Choose... to browse to the directory you re-assembled all the files in and select the Oracle_Database_23ai_Free_Developer.ova then click Next> to begin importing the virtual machine. It will prompt you to agree to the appropriate Oracle licenses while importing. You will see 'Oracle Database 23ai Free Developer' when it is finished importing.

Step 3. Test your VM: Once the import has completed, double-click the 23ai Free Developer VM. Click OK to close the Virtualbox Information dialogs. Allow the boot and startup process to complete; it is ready when you see a Firfox browser and/or terminal window. Once you are finished working in the guest VM you can shut it down via System > Shut Down; this will return the guest VM to the Powered Off state.