Installing Oracle SQL Developer 3.1.x on openSUSE 12.1

This is actually very easy because it works with openJDK that is included in openSUSE.

Get Oracle SQL Developer

Here it is, choose the “Oracle SQL Developer RPM for Linux”: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html

Install openJDK-devel

By default openSUSE 12.1 will install only the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).  SQL Developer needs the Java Development Environment (JDK).

su -
zypper install java-1_6_0-openjdk-devel

Install Oracle SQL Developer

su -
rpm --install sqldeveloper-3.1.07.42-1.noarch.rpm

When you run it for the first time, do it from the command line in Konsole, as a regular user. It will ask you for the location of the JDK.  Input this: /usr/lib64/jvm/java

username@hostname:~> sqldeveloper

Oracle SQL Developer
 Copyright (c) 1997, 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 

Type the full pathname of a J2SE installation (or Ctrl-C to quit), the path will be stored in ~/.sqldeveloper/jdk
/usr/lib64/jvm/java
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