I am trying to connect to SQL developer as sys account. It is always giving the error invalid username/password. When I try to connect it through SQLPLUS, it gets connect with any wrong password also.

How can I connect to SQL Developer using sys account?

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sqlplus user/password as sysdba uses OS authentication by default, and bypasses the username and password check, so as you said, you can provide any password or username.

Logging in from SQL Developer requires a remote session. For a remote SYSDBA connection, you need the following:

  1. set remote_login_passwordfile to EXCLUSIVE or SHARED, but not NONE
  2. create a password file for the database if it doesn't already exist:

$ orapwd file=$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapw$ORACLE_SID

After this you should be able to log in with SYS and the password you provided.

  • I tried creating orapwd file but not working Jun 11, 2015 at 3:28

Log in to SQL*Plus using sys and change the password for sys. Then try logging in SQL Developer, it will work.

Alter user sys identified by new_password;

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