Getting Started

Get an Environment

Get an Always Free Service in Oracle Cloud

Oracle APEX on Always Free Oracle Autonomous Database provides a preconfigured, fully managed and secured environment to both develop and deploy world-class applications. Your service remains free for an unlimited time as long as it is used.

Oracle APEX is ready to use on both Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. Once the database is provisioned, simply sign in to your fully managed Oracle APEX environment to start building apps.

Sign Up for Oracle Cloud Free Tier Quick Start Guide

Alternatively, get a free apex.oracle.com workspace

Request a workspace on the free apex.oracle.com evaluation service.

It takes just a few moments to sign up, and within minutes, you'll have your workspace ready to start building your first app.

Watch this short video to see how simple it is to sign up and get started!

Request a Free Workspace

Run Oracle APEX on-premises

You can download and install Oracle APEX into any edition of Oracle Database including our free Oracle Database Express Edition (XE). Follow the Oracle APEX Installation Guide to get started.

Download Oracle APEX

Additional Options

Oracle APEX runs anywhere that Oracle Database runs, whether it is on-premises, Oracle Cloud, or anywhere else. Here are some additional ways you can get started.

Get Data

Now that you have an environment ready, let's get some data into our workspace that you can use to build your first application.

You can begin with an existing data model or create a new one from scratch. You can use SQL Workshop, which allows you to design or import data models from your browser or use the built-in Quick SQL feature to author a data model using a simple shorthand syntax.

  • Upload From a File

    You can start with a spreadsheet, XML, or JSON and upload it as the basis for your data model.

  • Use Quick SQL

    Use Quick SQL to rapidly create data models using nothing more than shorthand syntax.

  • Use Sample Datasets

    Use the provided sample datasets in SQL Workshop or those available as part of the Create App from Spreadsheet wizard.

The SQL Workshop in Oracle APEX provides a wealth of functionality for managing your data using SQL. SQL Workshop is designed to allow application developers to review and maintain all of the database objects within their associated schemas.

Getting Started with SQL Workshop

Develop Application

Now that you have data available in your workspace, you can use the Create App wizard to create your first application. Once you've created your app, you can edit any page to load Page Designer where you can further develop your page. From Page Designer, you can quickly run your page to see your changes immediately in a new browser tab. From the runtime tab, use the Developer Toolbar to jump back into development. Watch one of these short videos on building your first app.

The App Builder in Oracle APEX provides all of the functionality to develop your apps, including adding pages, managing shared components, and using Page Designer.

Getting Started with App Builder

Deploy Application

For simple projects, deploying your App can be as easy as sharing the runtime URL and granting end user access.

For systems that separate development and production environments, you can export and import your application in a single file.

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Next Steps

Now that you have a workspace and some basic experience with Oracle APEX, try your hand at completing these Hands on Labs to gain even more knowledge and experience building apps.

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