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I'm trying to connect to Oracle SQL Developer locally on my Mac. How exactly is this done? I've looked all over the network, and can't find anything helpful.

The only thing I did is installing the latest version of Oracle SQL Developer.

I have an assignment due tomorrow and cannot work from labs today.

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Are you on the same network that the database server is on? – benRollag Feb 25 '13 at 20:06
hmmm, actually I want to have the database on my machine. So, I can use it locally with no internet . This is my first time installing Oracle on my machine instead of using the labs. – Sobiaholic Feb 25 '13 at 20:29
I don't think they don't have Oracle 11G for os-x. You may need to use a virtual machine. – benRollag Feb 25 '13 at 20:59
There hasn't been a server version of Oracle available for Mac OS X for some time now. Sorry. You'll have to use a Linux virtual machine. Best that you close this question. Apologies. – Phil Feb 25 '13 at 22:16
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SQL Developer doesn't come with an Oracle database, it is a client application. You can't "connect to SQL Developer", you use SQL Developer to connect to an existing database.

There are no supported editions of Oracle database for Mac OS X at this time, the latest that was available was 10gR2. You'll need to set one up in a VM on your machine (Windows or Linux, using the Oracle XE edition seems like it would fit your need), or see if you can somehow connect to your lab databases (possibly via a VPN to your school if they have that available).

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This is what I wanted to hear "SQL Developer doesn't come with an Oracle database". I will install VM and Oracle Express (APEX). Thank you so much. – Sobiaholic Feb 28 '13 at 13:08
Is this still like that? I'm trying to create a local SQL Server database in my OSX using SQL Developer – Michel Ayres Feb 27 '15 at 13:03
Yes, it's still like that. You can download pre-built VMs for VirtualBox though ( (Oh, and "SQL Server" is the name commonly used for Microsoft's database engine.) – Mat Feb 27 '15 at 13:12

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