Oracle Database 11g R2 installation on Linux with Docker

Docker and Oracle 11gr2

Recently, I came to know about Docker from my friends and I tried installing Oracle Database through Docker, this blog post is a small note on installing Oracle database 11gR2 on Linux machine. I am writing this thinking it would be easy for myself for future references and others who seek for such blog posts.

Installing Oracle Database 11g R2 with Docker on Linux is pretty easy and saves time and effort. In a matter of few minutes, you will have your Oracle database up and running and you can use it at your ease.

I did this installation on Fedora 25, and no matter what distro you are using it is totally same across all.

To install Oracle Database 11g R2 with Docker, proceed with following steps:

Docker Installation

Installing docker is easy and quick. I installed Docker Community Edition (CE) on Fedora. You can find the installation instruction step by step for your system in Docker’s official documentation. Click here

In my case, I followed the following steps for fedora:

setting up the repository

install the dnf-plugins-core package as it provides commands to manage repositories

sudo dnf -y install dnf-plugins-core

lets setup the stable repository

sudo dnf config-manager \
--add-repo \

enable egde repository(optional)

sudo dnf config-manager --enable docker-ce-edge

Installing Docker CE

first, lets update the dnf package index

sudo dnf makecache fast

now, lets proceed by installing latest version of Docker

sudo dnf install docker-ce

Starting Docker

sudo systemctl start docker

Verifying Installation

We can verify if Docker CE is installed correctly by running the hello-world image.

sudo docker run hello-world

By now, we will have Docker installed in our system. We need to use sudo to run Docker Commands. If you have any errors or need full details please refer to Docker’s official site.

Oracle Database 11g R2 Installation

For installing Oracle Database on Docker, I followed these instruction from Github repo.


docker pull wnameless/oracle-xe-11g

or for older Ubuntu 14.04.4

docker pull wnameless/oracle-xe-11g:14.04.4


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docker run -d -p 49160:22 -p 49161:1521 wnameless/oracle-xe-11g

to make ports 22 and 1521 opened

You might need to stop running Docker while proceeding installing Oracle installation commands



 docker stop container_name

to list containers

sudo docker container ls

if wanted to connect remotely,

docker run -d -p 49160:22 -p 49161:1521 -e ORACLE_ALLOW_REMOTE=true wnameless/oracle-xe-11g

Now, start your Docker,

sudo systemctl start docker

Loging with SSH

ssh root@localhost -p 49160
password: admin

Connecting with Database

hostname: localhost
port: 49161
sid: xe
username: system
password: oracle

Password for SYS and SYSTEM


And now, your are good to go, and start using Oracle Database 11g R2 on your linux machine with Docker.

To access database, you need to login with

ssh root@localhost -p 49160

in new session.

sqlplus command can be used to start doing database operations.

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Lakshman Basnet
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