Getting help

How can I get support?

Go to the Oracle Database Free Forum and search existing questions and answers or enter your own question.

Can I log a Service Request (SR) against Oracle Database Free?

No, you can only log service requests with Oracle Support against fully supported products, such as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2, and all the Oracle Database Cloud Services.

Will patches be provided for Oracle Database Free?

No, patches will not be released for Oracle Database Free. To obtain patches you must be on a fully supported edition, such as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition or Oracle Database Standard Edition 2.


Can I install Oracle Database Free into Docker?

Yes, an Oracle Linux-based Docker image can be pulled via docker pull

Can I install Oracle Database Free into VirtualBox?

Yes, you can download the Oracle Virtual Box image, Oracle Database AppDev VM, which contains Oracle Database Free.

What are the resource limits for Oracle Database Free

Oracle Database Free supports up to:

  • 2 CPUs for foreground processes
  • 2GB of RAM (SGA and PGA combined)
  • 12GB of user data on disk (irrespective of compression factor)


Can I use Oracle Database Free in production?

Oracle Database Free does not restrict the environment in which it can be deployed. However, Oracle Database Free is not supported and does not receive any patches, including security patches. Oracle recommends running production deployments on fully supported Oracle Database editions or cloud services.

Which features are not included in Oracle Database Free?

The full list of features included and not included in Oracle Database Free can be seen in the Oracle Database Licensing Guide.


Can I migrate from older XE versions?

You can migrate your XE environment by using Oracle Data Pump export/import from the old XE environment to the new Oracle Database Free one.

For more information, please review Chapter 8, “Moving from Previous Versions of Oracle Database XE to Oracle Database Free” in the installation guide.

Can I unplug/plug an Oracle Database Free PDB into an EE/SE2 CDBs?

Plugging an Oracle Database Free PDB into an EE/SE2 Container Database (CDB) is currently not supported.

Can I unplug/plug an EE/SE2 PDB into Oracle Database Free CDBs?

Plugging an EE/SE2 PDBs into Oracle Database Free CDBs is currently not supported.

How do I convert my character set?

You can convert your character set by using Data Pump export/import to export the data, create a new database with your desired character set, and import the data again. For further information, please see the Database Utilities Documentation.