Oracle SQL Developer Command Line (SQLcl) 18.2 Release Notes


Date: July 2018

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These release notes contain the following:

  1. Version Updates
  2. Before You Start
  3. Known Issues
  4. Support
  5. Feedback
  6. Unsupported SQL*Plus Commands
Version Updates

Bug Fixes: 
28070364 doesn't support $TERM, set to "xterm-256color"
28057858 add support for COMMIT WRITE BATCH
27819303 HOST HOSTNAME does not work 

Enhanced SPOOL command
 - When the file_name extension is .zip. A single file will be placed in the zip with the same name and .out as the extension
 - When the file_name extension is .zip and has a second "."  A single file will be placed in the ".zip" removed resulting in the contained filename.


Before You Start

JRE Support
  • SQLcl release 18.2 requires Java version 1.8 and above. Go here to download the latest version.
  • If SQLcl cannot find a local JRE, you will be prompted to enter the location path for the JRE. Note that the prompt wants only the folder, not the java.exe.  For example C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_91
  • Java versions 9 and 10 are not yet supported.
Known Issues
  • Invoking SQL Recall for a previous statement which has a line exceeding the width of your display, the in-line editor will be unable to access or edit the line with the overflow. Workaround this issue by resizing your terminal display wide enough to prevent line-wrapping.
Platform Support

SQLcl release 18.2 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 SQLcl and 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.

Production Releases - you are supported by Oracle Support under your current database Support license for SQL Developer production releases. Log SQL Developer bugs and issues using My Oracle Support for the product.


There are a number of different forums supporting the features in SQLcl. When using the forums, be sure to use clear subject lines to initiate a thread and try to avoid using old, unrelated threads for a new issue.

SQL*Plus List of Unsupported Commands and Features


System Variables and Environment Settings via the SET Command
  • autoprint
  • autorecovery
  • cmdsep
  • copytypecheck
  • describe
  • eschar
  • flagger
  • flush
  • fullcolname
  • logsource
  • loboffset
  • markup
  • recsep
  • recsepchar
  • shiftinout
  • sqlcase
  • sqlprefix
  • sqlterminator
  • tab
  • underline
  • xmloptimizationcheck