Install SQL Developer for Xubuntu


Be sure to have Java installed already -

Now install the JDK toolkit -

Run the install, and make the symlinks to the files

cd Downloads
sudo mkdir -p /opt/java
sudo tar -zxf jdk-7*.tar.gz -C /opt/java
ls /opt/java
sudo ln -sf /opt/java/jdk1.7.0_60 /opt/java/jdk
ls /opt/java/jdk

SQL Developer

Download the tool here:

To complete the install, you will also need to install Alien, so that you can install RPM packages in Xubuntu.

sudo apt-get install alien

Install and set the environmental variables for the install. 

cd Downloads
ls sqldev*
sudo alien -ic sqldeveloper-
ls /opt/sqldeveloper
ls -l $(which sqldeveloper)
a=$(which sqldeveloper)
ls -l /opt/java/jdk
sudo sed -i "1 i unset GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID" $a
sudo sed -i "1 i export JAVA_HOME=/opt/java/jdk" $a
cat $a

The first time through, use the command line so you can set path variables for the install