SQL Developer fix for MacBook with macOS Monterey

This article is aimed at people, using MacBook (with M1 ARM chips and macOS Monterey). The new 2021 MacBooks come with this macOS – Monterey, already pre-installed. The problem is probably affecting those machines using Intel processors (and macOS Monterey) too, but I can’t confirm, since my setup is on a machine with M1 Pro ARM chip.

My Setup

  • macOS Monterey 12.0.1 (21A559)
  • SQL Developer 21.2.1.204

What’s the issue

After starting SQL Developer, it works for a minute or two and then crashes.

Resolving the issue

Note that .sqldeveloper is a hidden folder. To display it, hit Command + Shift + .

/Users/mymacuser/.sqldeveloper/21.2.1/product.conf
  • Uncomment the # line and set the path to jdk-17.0.1.jdk
SetJavaHome /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-17.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home
  • Start SQL Developer. On the first run, you will get a warning message that you are trying to run it with an unsupported Java JDK version. Click ‘Yes’ and check the checkbox so it won’t display on the next run.

Notes

  • This is officially not supported by the current version of SQL Developer (as seen in their documentation here)
  • However, it seems to be the only possible way (for now) to run SQL Developer on this MacBook, with this M1 chip, with this OS.

Kudos

  • Many thanks to @martindsouza, who first raised the question in Twitter and helped in finding the solution
  • @thatjeffsmith and all the users from the Oracle Community Forum, who pointed to the final solution and explained how and why updates in the tool happen.

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