The default Oracle installation for Linux didn't come with the expdp and impdp command line tools. I have trouble finding them on Oracle's website. How could I install them?

  • They were installed, just missing from my $PATH. See the answer below.
    – laurt
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:42

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Data Pump utilities are installed automatically during the installation of Oracle Database. It should be working without any issues as long as the environment variables(PATH, ORACLE_HOME) are set properly. To set PATH and ORACLE_HOME variable permanently-

1) Log in as oracle user in the OS.

2) [oracle@ora12c Desktop]$ vi ~/.bash_profile

ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle; export ORACLE_BASE
ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/12.1.0/db_1; export ORACLE_HOME

3)[oracle@ora12c Desktop]$ . ~/.bash_profile

4)Check the value of the variables.

[oracle@ora12c Desktop]$ echo $ORACLE_HOME
[oracle@ora12c ~]$ echo $PATH

5) Try to run expdp

[oracle@ora12c Desktop]$ expdp 

Export: Release - Production on Tue Oct 4 16:46:44 2016

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Setting Oracle Environment Variables


In my case I just needed to log in with "oracle" user instead of root. This user had all the environment variables correctly set.


If logged in as opc user you'd have to

$sudo su - oracle

first and then the environment has everything you need

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