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I have no experience with Oracle but need to install it on my Mac so that I can test pulling data from an Oracle database. I already have Apache, PHP, MySQL installed but have no idea where to start with Oracle.

Can someone help me get setup with Oracle?


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There's no release of Oracle Database for Mac OS – Mat Nov 30 '12 at 14:25
@Mat Is there a work around or anyway of getting it to work? – EdHart Nov 30 '12 at 14:31
Look at installing a VM hosting Linux, and install it on there – David Aldridge Nov 30 '12 at 14:37
Using a virtual machine with Windows or Linux (or Solaris/x86). – Mat Nov 30 '12 at 14:37

I'd recommend to install VirtualBox (, it's free and should take a couple of minutes.

Then download a VirtualBox image file at It's free for development, but it's 4GB, so you'll need a good connection or some patience. It contains a fully set up Oracle database, no need to install or configure anything.

Oracle is resource hungry, so I wouldn't run the database server all the time, only when developing. Once you finished, you can stop the VirtualBox.

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