JDeveloper 12.c: and Ubuntu 13.04

For those developers thinking to start using JDeveloper 12.c in Ubuntu 13.04; Once the installation is made either in 32 bits or 64 bits distribution, and using either the Linux installer or generic installation package, the result is going to be the same; JDeveloper won’t run. It will certainly trick you to think everything is going fine and no errors whatsoever, but after the splash screen, nothing happen and the icon disappears.

Is this a bug? We don’t think so. While installing JDeveloper the wizard is very clear when stating that the OS version is not compatible:


There is no a clear fix for this problem, but people do two things:

  • Change the JDeveloper’s Java to point your OpenJDK in jdev.conf file. Note: Although with this approach you will be able to run JDeveloper, you won’t be able to add a new / connect to a DB connection.
  • Start JDeveloper as root by opening a new terminal and going to /home/oralution/Oracle/Middleware/Oracle_Home/jdeveloper/jdev/bin/ and execute sudo ./jdev

We will update this post in case we get any news regarding this issue.


  1. cb



    I faced the same situation but I found out that you can start normally JDev 12c in Ubuntu 13.04 if you have KDE and not Unity that is the default. So I suspect that it has something to do with Unity.

    • oralution



      Thanks for sharing your experience! If that is the case then most likely has to be an Unity problem. Good job!

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