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:UsersJanAppDataLocalTempOraInstall2014-06-27_09-19-50AMlauncher2014-06-27_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:UsersJanAppDataLocalTempOraInstall2014-06-27_09-26-24AMlauncher2014-06-27_09-26-24AM.log.
Extracting files.......................................
This installer must be executed using a Java Development Kit (JDK) but C:Javajre7u60 is not a valid JDK.

Press any key to exit . . .

Running the installer in a Administrator console with a recent JDK

c:Javajdk1.7.0_60binjava.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