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Oracle SQL Developer 18.3 Release Notes


Date: October 2018

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 These release notes contain the following:

  1. New Features and Changes
  2. Before You Start
  3. FAQ
  4. Support
  5. Feedback
Versioning and New Features

New features and key enhancements for version 18.3 includes, but are not limited to.

  • Real Time SQL Monitoring, HTML exports now available - no flash!
  • Rename Cloud PDB connection type to Cloud Wallet
  • Cart Deploy to PDB Cloud - move one or more database objects and local files to OSS and dbms_cloud import into Autonomous DB Services
  • RedShift Migrations:
    •   Added time zone support in Redshift preference panel
    •   Added execution modes "Immediate" and "Once" in Redshift preference panel
  • Made navigation to local identifiers definition available for filesystem code (without connection)
  • Open url link in browser from the worksheet/code editor
  • Custom syntax, PL/SQL highlighting rules
  • Refactoring Enhancements:
    •   Combined extraction of procedure/variable/function under single action
    •   Reimplemented procedure extraction
    •   Fixed forum complaint of VARCHAR(100) being too small
  • Better Migrations capture failure logging
Before You Start

JDK Support

  • Oracle SQL Developer 18.3 release requires Oracle Java 8 or 9, with a minimum version of 1.8 update 121. Go here to download the latest version.
  • If SQL Developer cannot find a local JDK, you will be prompted to enter the location path for the JDK. Note that the prompt wants only the folder, not the java.exe.  For example C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_152.
  • Java versions 10 and higher are not yet supported and will not work.
  • Users with high DPI displays may have rendering issues with Java 9, and are encouraged to run Java 8.
  • The Data Miner and SVN client features require Java 8, and will not work with Java 9.
Platform Support
  • Oracle SQL Developer 18.3 is available for Windows 7,8,10 and Windows Server 2008/2012, Linux or Mac OS X. (See full Certification)
Installing or Upgrading
  • All new releases of SQL Developer require a full installation. Download and unzip the file into an empty folder. Ensure the "Use folder names" checkbox is checked when unzipping the file.
Support & Feedback
  • Early Adopter Releases - support is limited to the Oracle Technology Network Space for SQL Developer. Please post your questions and feedback there. My Oracle Support does not support Early Adopter Releases.


Many of the features in SQL Developer are provided by other Oracle Database teams. Please use their respective OTN Community Spaces to provide feedback..

  • For all Data Mining related queries, please use the Data Mining forum
  • For all TimesTen related queries, please use the TimesTen forum
  • For all OLAP related queries, please use the OLAP forum
  • For all Data Modeler related queries, please use the Data Modeler forum
  • For all Database Migration related queries, please use the Migrations forum