How to move or rename Oracle Home

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How to move or rename Oracle Home

If you want to rename Oracle Home you usually need to:

1. uninstall existing Oracle Home
2. reinstall Oracle software to the right directory that will be the new Oracle Home.

You cannot just move Oracle Home because installing Oracle Home is not just copying executable files. However uninstalling and installing again Oracle software takes some time.

If you want to do it quickly there is another way to do it using Oracle software cloning:
1. Move Oracle Home using OS command
2. Clone the new Oracle Home using Oracle Universal Installer (OUI)
3. Remove the old Oracle Home from Oracle inventory with OUI.

Here is a full example with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition on Oracle Linux 6.4 64bit. All steps have been with run oracle account unless otherwise stated.

Step 1 : Check ORACLE HOME

Command :

Here my ORACLE HOME location in /oraeng/app/oracle/product/12.1.0.

First connect as Oracle software owner:

Check that no executable is currently running from this Oracle Home (you should stop any Oracle database instance, listener, RMAN or SQL*Plus sessions):

Move the directory with the mv command:

I have created directory location /u01/app/oracle/product/ and moved all the files and directories into it.

Step 2: Clone the Oracle Home

Of course you must use new Oracle Home path for runInstaller and you must also specify new Oracle Home directory as ORACLE_HOME parameter and set ORACLE_BASE parameter (I have also added silent mode (-silent) because graphical mode is not needed and -waitForCompletion so that OUI command is not started in the background):

Command :

The cloning of ORACLE HOME was successful.

You can see that OUI has linked again the binaries and executables and run some configuration steps.
You need to run

Modify /etc/oratab for existing database that is using the Oracle Home that has been moved (because this has not been done by OUI):

Check Oracle inventory:

It should have /u01 location.

Connect to database and check ORACLE HOME .

By using PL*SQL package we can get ORACLE HOME location.

“exec dbms_system.get_env”


If any suggestions please write in comments.


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3 thoughts on “How to move or rename Oracle Home

  1. Hello,

    When i tried to start the db – getting below error .

    ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
    Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
    Additional information: 9925

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