Installing Oracle SOA Suite 12.1.3 for developers

27 Jun

This blogpost quickly describes the usage of the Oracle SOA Suite 12.1.3 Quick Start Installer for developers.

After download and extracting the file from the Oracle website you will find 2 JAR files in the archive.

  • 18-06-2014 22:39   2.060.922.907   fmw_12.
  • 18-06-2014 22:38   fmw_12.

Funny detail, both JAR files are dated 18-06 so it seems the package was ready a week before the big release on 26-06-2014

On Windows make sure you run the JAR with Administrator priviles, if you don’t you will get the following error message:

java -jar fmw_12.
Launcher log file is C:\Users\Jan\AppData\Local\Temp\OraInstall2014-06-27_09-19-50AM\launcher2014-06-27_09-19-50AM.log.
Extracting files..........................................
Unable to access or modify the system registry. Select Run as Administrator when opening the Command Prompt and try again.

Press any key to exit . .

Also make sure you execute the JAR installer with a of JDK or higher. If not, you will get this message:

java -jar fmw_12.
Launcher log file is C:\Users\Jan\AppData\Local\Temp\OraInstall2014-06-27_09-26-24AM\launcher2014-06-27_09-26-24AM.log.
Extracting files.......................................
This installer must be executed using a Java Development Kit (JDK) but C:\Java\jre7u60 is not a valid JDK.

Press any key to exit . . .

Running the installer in a Administrator console with a recent JDK

c:\Java\jdk1.7.0_60\bin\java.exe -jar fmw_12.

After extraction of the files you will get graphic installer:












Click on Finish and if you don’t disable the Start JDeveloper checklist the IDE will start



The Select Role pop-up is still there, and like 11.x the majority of us will just select Studio Developer (All Features) and disable the Always prompt for role selection on startup.




Also still there, JDeveloper will ask you if you want to import previous preferences from other installations. Personally I never select Yes, but I’m a control freak so determine yourself ;-)




And there it is, the JDeveloper 12.1.3 IDE all to your disposal!



If you like you can install JDeveloper in silent mode, to do this you need an response file. This file can be generated in the 4th step of the installation wizard, but here is an example:


Response File Version=


#The oracle home location. This can be an existing Oracle Home or a new Oracle Home

Save the response file and execute the installer with this command:

java -jar distribution_name.jar -silent -responseFile file




Posted by on 27-06-2014 in Oracle, OSB, SOA Suite


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11 responses to “Installing Oracle SOA Suite 12.1.3 for developers

  1. r11a

    06-07-2014 at 03:10

    that’s great but tell us, it’s need to install jdeveloper before than soa installation? or “java -jar fmw_12.” will install jdeveloper 12.3 too?

  2. r11a

    06-07-2014 at 03:13

    “jdeveloper 12.1.3 too?”

  3. r11a

    06-07-2014 at 03:34

    i found this, then it must do that.

    “SOA Suite 12.1.3 Size: 2.97 GB, Check Sum: 1579850769
    Note: The generic SOA Suite Quick Start Installer for developers is used on all platforms. It allows you to quickly install a development or evaluation environment on a single host computer. It includes Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Human Workflow, Oracle Business Rules, Oracle Mediator, Oracle Service Bus, Technology Adapters Oracle Enterprise Scheduler, SOA Spring Component, Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control, Oracle JDeveloper with SOA IDE extensions and an integrated WebLogic Server and Java DB.”

    • Lakshmi P

      20-10-2014 at 05:08

      Though I have installed JDK, I am still getting issues …
      While downloading weblogic latest version server …

      F:\Project>java -d64 -jar fmw_12.
      Launcher log file is C:\Users\lakshmi pusulluri\AppData\Local\Temp\OraInstall201
      Extracting files…….
      This installer must be executed using a Java Development Kit (JDK)
      but F:\Project\Java\jre7 is not a valid JDK.

      Press any key to exit . . .

  4. Pargat

    05-06-2015 at 07:29

    I previously installed oracle suite 11g on my system. For that I use to following these steps in the same order:
    1) Install oracle DB
    2) Install oracle weblogic server
    3) RCU
    4) OSB
    5) SOA
    In 12c is it the same? How many steps is this blog covering ?

    • jvzoggel

      05-06-2015 at 08:07

      Hi Pargat, 12c uses the integrated Weblogic server of Jdeveloper 12c. Our whole local development installation has therefore become much easier.

    • pratiksharma172000

      04-11-2015 at 08:30

      For Soa Suite 12c, you can use a Quick installer that is mentioned here. It wont take so much compared to 11g, but is a simple installation consisting of a JDK and the Quick installer.

  5. pratiksharma172000

    04-11-2015 at 08:33

    Two questions,

    1. is the installation for soa 12.2.1 the same as for the previous 12c versions?
    2. also don’t I have to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable prior to installing the suite?

  6. MS

    20-12-2015 at 23:34

    be sure to go to the folder where your .jar file is located, and then enter the path to where your java.exe is located: ‘path c:\program files\java\…..’ . then run java -jar fmw_12. command. it’s tricky and specific…


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