Installing cx_Oracle on Debian 7.1.0


Written while working on a 64bit Debian 7.1.0 Installation with 64bit Python for an Oracle 11g database 


This is by far one of the most annoying things i have had to do in the past few months, but like all programming related problems, once you crack it, it doesn’t seem so hard anymore. Though i do wish Oracle tried just a bit to make the process easier for developers.

Anyhow here’s my Step by Step on installing cx_Oracle


  • Install Python if not installed taking note of whether it is 32bit or 64bit.

NOTE: To find out if your Python installation is 32bit or 64bit, in the shell, enter the command python -c ‘import struct; print(8 * struct.calcsize(“P”))

  • Install package python-dev
  • Install package unzip
  • Install package libaio1
  • Download the Python driver for cx_Oracle from here taking care to select the appropriate package matching your system installation of Python(32bit or 63bit) and…

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