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Oracle SQL Developer Command Line (SQLcl) 20.3 Release Notes

October 2020

SQLcl on OTN | Getting Started Video | Downloads | FAQ || Forum

Version Updates

New Features:

  • CS - cloudstorage command, work with compartments, buckets, or objects in Oracle Object Store (OSS)
  • Modeler - generate DDL or design reports for your SQL Developer Data Modeler designs
  • New Commands

Before You Start

JRE Support

  • SQLcl release 20.3 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_262
  • Java versions 9 and 10 are not 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 20.3 is available for Windows 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