Yesterday I installed Oracle 12c database on my PC and configured it like in this guide. Then I created two connections in SQL Developer: first one with a system user, then I created another user and made the second connection with that user. I managed to establish both connections. I even made some sample table using the second one. Well, everything worked great until I restarted my PC. After that I tried to establish a connection, but no luck with either of them. The following error message was displayed:

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I simply don't get it. I restarted my PC normally, restarted Oracle services, also did a db shutdown and startup... nothing. Running select instance_name, status, database_status from v$instance; from SQL Plus says OPEN and ACTIVE.

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Any suggestion? I'm simply running out of options...


The tutorial you linked uses the multitenant architecture with pluggable databases. I quickly read through the tutorial, and it does not cover this topic, but pluggable databases do not open automatically with the root container, unless specified otherwise. My guess is that you tried to connect the pdborcl pluggable database. Run the below:

select name, open_mode from v$pdbs;

If you see pdborcl, with open_mode = MOUNTED, issue the below:

alter pluggable database pdborcl open;

Now try connecting again. If your database version is, you can use the below after opening the pluggable database to make it start automatically the next time the whole database is restarted:

alter pluggable database pdborcl save state;

If your database version is, the above feature is not available, and you need to open the pluggable database each time manually, or create an after startup trigger in the database, for example:

END open_pdbs;
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  • You are absolutely correct. Thank you very much for your help! – peterremec Sep 21 '16 at 19:26
  • You made my day. I'm still new to Oracle and was exactly looking for this solution. Thanks – Vipul Dec 18 '17 at 1:36

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