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How to run an Oracle Database instance in a Docker container?

Despite great opensource alternatives, Oracle Database skills remain in high-demand on the job market. But installing Oracle from scratch is a tedious task. Fortunately, Docker is here. The Oracle license allows you to install and run an Oracle instance for education or testing purposes. And you can find on the official Oracle website, both the installation media and some pre-installed virtual machines images freely available. Both those solutions have drawbacks, especially when you are new to Oracle and don’t have access to an overpowerful computer.

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How to run an Oracle Database instance in a Docker container?

More recently, Oracle joined the Docker bandwagon by providing Docker image allowing to run an Oracle database instance in a container. I was quite seduced by that move, but unfortunately, the Oracle image was deceptively challenging to use.

Hopefully, there are great people in the Docker community. Specifically, Maksym Bilenko provides Docker images for several Oracle Database versions. Thanks to his work, you can now have an Oracle instance up and running just by typing three commands on your terminal. And this is what I explain in this video.

What is the target audience?

This video is specifically targetted to students and other people looking to install an Oracle Database instance for practice purposes. I do not recommand that setup in production, unless you have the expertise to review and eventually adjust the default Oracle settings used in this image.

This video is pretty self-contained. And only require very basic skills in using the terminal emulator and a shell. If you don’t already have Docker installed, take a look at my previous video: How to Install Docker on Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS.