Getting my hands on a Virtual Machine with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition – 20-30 minutes from start to finish

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NOTE: even though the steps described in this article all work – I am running into a problem with shutting down and starting up the VM again. So at the present I can have the VM created and the database installed – however, I can not successfully restart it. I am not sure if it is my environment, the Base Box or something in the configuration files provided by Yasushi. Please tread carefully when going through the steps described below.

A short time ago, Oracle release Oracle Database 12c – release With a bunch of goodies that I would like to try out. This release can be downloaded from OTN: And subsequently I can create or clone a Virtual Machine, do the necessary preparations and run the installer. Nothing wrong with that of course. However, my recent work with Vagrant and Puppet has made me … more efficient or lazier – I am not sure what the best expression is. Anyways, things can be really simple with today’s tools and with friends on the internet who share their own goodies (and I do not want you to take that in the wrong and possibly funny way).

Let me be more specific: Yasushi YAMAZAKI from Tokio, Japan made his Vagrant/Docker configuration files available on GitHub that will stamp out the complete VirtualBox VM with Oracle Linux (6.5) and with a few manual steps (too bad about these…) Oracle Database 12c ( can be installed on it:

All I have to do to create the VM (since I have already installed Vagrant and VirtualBox locally – see this article for instructions on this very simple installation):

    • download the two database installation files from OTN
    • download Yasushi’s Git repository and extract the zip file to a local directory or (Git) clone the repository to that same local directory; let’s call it the VAGRANT_12_1_0_2_HOME for now.
    • optional: you may consider making a few small changes to the Vagrantfile, in particular add a line to assign an IP address that makes the VM accessible from the host or from other VMs and perhaps one or more shared folder definitions; my Vagrantfile now looks something like:
# -*- mode: ruby -*-
# vi: set ft=ruby :

# Vagrantfile API/syntax version. Don't touch unless you know what you're doing!

Vagrant.configure(VAGRANTFILE_API_VERSION) do |config|
# copied directly from vagrant init chef/centos-6.5 = "chef/centos-6.5"

config.vm.define "db12102" , primary: true do |db12102|

config.vm.hostname = ""
config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", :mount_options => ["dmode=777","fmode=777"]
config.vm.synced_folder "C:\\Users\\lucas_j\\Downloads", "/software"
config.vm.synced_folder "C:\\temp", "/host_temp" :private_network, ip: ""

# change memory size
config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v|
v.memory = 2048

# Oracle port forwarding "forwarded_port", guest: 11521, host: 21521

# run
config.vm.provision "shell", path: ""

  • create a subdirectory called database and extract the two download files from OTN to this directory VAGRANT_12_1_0_2_HOME
  • open a command line and navigate to directory VAGRANT_12_1_0_2_HOME
  • run: vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest
  • run: vagrant up
  • At this point, Vagrant takes over and starts to create the VM based on a Vagrant Box


After some time – between 10-30 minutes, depending on your environment – the VM is ready and running – without the database on it, but fully prepared to become the proud owner of a running Oracle Database


Manual Database installation

Now comes the “hard” part that requires some manual action:

 vagrant ssh

(to connect to the container; alternatively use Putty to open a session to the VM and login with vagrant/vagrant)


sudo docker run --privileged -h db12c -p 11521:1521 -t -i -v /vagrant:/vagrant yasushiyy/vagrant-docker-oracle12c /bin/bash


su - oracle


/vagrant/database/runInstaller -silent -showProgress -ignorePrereq -responseFile /vagrant/db_install.rsp






su - oracle
netca -silent -responseFile $ORACLE_HOME/assistants/netca/netca.rsp


dbca -silent -createDatabase -responseFile /vagrant/dbca.rsp


sqlplus system/oracle@localhost:1521/orcl


So we are in business: not only is the VM up and running, it now also has a running database inside – SYS and SYSTEM are set up with password ORACLE. De SID is orcl. The database port is 1521.

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About Author

Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director and Oracle Developer Champion. Solution architect and developer on diverse areas including SQL, JavaScript, Docker, Machine Learning, Java, SOA and microservices, events in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press books: Oracle SOA Suite 11g Handbook and Oracle SOA Suite 12c Handbook. Frequent presenter on community events and conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle Code and Oracle OpenWorld.


  1. Hi Lucas,

    thanks for the comprehensive and well-written article which I found by chance searching for information on installing a virtualised oracle 12 instance.

    Regarding your note restarting it I don’t have an automated solution but ingrediences should be a `docker commit …` to persist the changes to a (new) docker image and on vm restart you would with `oracle` role need to start the LISTENER again as in the `netca` call you listed plus doing a `startup` in an `sqlplus ‘/ as sysdba’` session.


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