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Oracle APEX Installation with ORDS - Part 1

Installing Oracle APEX on your local PC is a four steps process,

  1. Install APEX

  2. Install ORDS

  3. Apache Tomcat configuration

  4. Final Steps

In this blog I will discuss about first two steps.

Step 1: Install APEX

First of all we are going to install Oracle APEX. Execute the steps in the provided sequence to download, install and configure Oracle APEX.

Download the latest APEX software from the below link

Unzip the downloaded file in a folder eg. in C:\Apex

Create a new tablespace to act as the default tablespace for APEX.

Create Tablespace apex

Datafile 'C:\oracle\oradata\db\apex01.dbf'

size 100M autoextend on next 1M;

Open the command prompt and change directory to the directory holding the unzipped APEX software.

On the SQL prompt, use the connect command to connect to SQL PLUS as the SYS user.


After connecting as SYS user, run the "apexins.sql" script, specifying the relevant tablespace names and image URL as follows:

SQL> @apexins.sql APEX APEX TMEP /i/

Once the APEX installation process completes, change the admin password by running the "APEXCHPWD.SQL" scripts as the SYS user


SQL> @apexchpwd.sql

Create APEX_LISTENER and APEX_REST_PUBLIC_USER users by running "apex_rest_config.sql" script


SQL> @apex_rest_config.sql

This completed the APEX installation process.

Step 2: Install Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS)

Now, I am going to download and install ORDS, which is formally known as the APEX listener. It allows the APEX applications to be deployed without the use of Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) and mod_plsql or the Embedded PLSQL Gateway. ORDS makes it easy to develop modern REST interfaces for relational data in the Oracle Database.

Oracle REST data services also provides increased flexibility by supporting deployments using Oracle WebLogic Server, Apache Tomcat and a standalone mode.

In this blog, I am going to install ORDS on Apache Tomcat to access Oracle APEX

Execute the following command on SQL prompt to unlock apex public user account.

alter user apex_public_user

identified by manager_21

account unlock

Download and install 64-bit jdk using the below link.

Download Oracle REST Data Services using the below link.

Create a folder and extract Oracle REST Data Services zip file

Install ORDS using advanced installation using command-line prompts.

Open a command prompt, switch to Java folder (C:\Program Files\Java) and type

Java -jar D:\ORDS\ords.war install advanced

Enter the location to store configuration data :


Specify the database connection type to use.

Enter number for [1] Basic [2]TNS [3]Custom URL

Enter the name of the database server [localhost]:

Press enter to accept localhost

Enter the database listen port [1521]:

Press enter to accept 1521

Enter 1 to specify the database service name, or 2 to specify the database SID[1]

Enter the database service name

Enter 1 if you want to verify/install Oracle REST Data Services schema or 2 to skip this step[1]

Enter the database password for


Confirm password

SYS password is required to verify ORDS schema.

Enter the administrator username : SYS

Enter the database password for SYS AS SYSDBA:

Confirm password:

Enter the default tablespace for ORDS_METADATA [SYSAUX]:

Enter the temporary tablespace for ORDS_METADATA [TEMP]:

Enter the default tablespace for ORDS_PUBLIC_USER [USERS]:

Enter the temporary tablespace for ORDS_PUBLIC_USER [TEMP]:

Enter 1 if you want to use PL/SQL Gateway or 2 to skip this step

Enter the PL/SQL Gateway database user name [APEX_PUBLIC_USER]

Enter the database password for APEX_PUBLIC_USER:

Confirm password:

Enter the database password for APEX_LISTENER:

Confirm password:

Enter the database password for APEX_REST_PUBLIC_USER:

Confirm password:

This concludes the installation of ORDS.

Thanks for giving time to my blog. Second part will be released soon.

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