Oracle 18c Express Edition (XE) for Windows is available

Oracle 18c Express Edition (XE) for Windows is availableOracle 18c Express Edition (XE) for Windows is available for download as of now. Oracle XE 18c on other platforms is available since November 2018. As of now you can download the Windows version as well.

Use the Quick Start guide which explains the installation and how to connect to the database.

General availability of Oracle Database 18c Express Edition on Windows!

Whether you are a developer, a DBA, a data scientist, an educator, or just curious about databases, Oracle Database 18c Express Edition (XE) is the ideal way to get started. You will get the same powerful Oracle Database that enterprises rely on. It is packaged for simple download, ease-of-use, and a full-featured experience. You get an Oracle Database to use in any environment, plus the ability to embed and redistribute – all completely free!

Limitations and Restrictions

As you know, Oracle XE has some limitations compared to Standard and Enterprise Edition database releases.

In brief:

  • Supports two CPU cores only
  • User data limited to 12GB
  • Maximum of 2GB of RAM supported
  • Maximum of 3 PDBs supported
  • Does not work with Oracle GoldenGate
  • No RAC and no Data Guard features available

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2 thoughts on “Oracle 18c Express Edition (XE) for Windows is available

  1. Hi Mike, i‘m looking for a way to install the software only, and than use the dbca to change some Things at Installation Time.
    At the Moment i install Xe , drop the Database with dbca and install,a new one.
    Is there a easier way for that?
    Thanks Marco

    • Hi Marco,

      I doubt it – I think the folks doing XE want everything as smooth as possible and right set from scratch without need to do anything in addition.
      As you are an expert, you may want to adjust things – but as far as I know your proposed path is the right approach. But a developer who just needs a cool database to dump the data into does not know necessarily about DBCA and such. That’s why everything is settled out of the box.


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