ThatJeffSmith

Oracle SQL Developer Around the World

Oracle SQL Developer is being used around the world. I see evidence of this in Indonesian tweets, OTN forum questions written in Spanish, talking to people at the larger tech conferences, and looking at our website Google Analytics.

For just this site, here’s where people have visited from in 2014:

Google Translate support for Indonesian is terrible, so I usually can't tell exactly what these folks are saying...

Google Translate support for Indonesian is terrible, so I usually can’t tell exactly what these folks are saying…

If I look at the Browser Language configuration for site visitors, it’s 72% English, with the next top language being French at a little more than 3%.

Did you know that SQL Developer has supported from the v1 release a fully localized interface for these languages?

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Simple & Traditional Chinese

SQL Developer determines what language to use in the user interface by looking at the Operating System locale/country properties.

Hint: You Can Override the UI Language

Many computer folks prefer to have their software operate in English, even though their native tongue is something else. So a pretty frequent question is how to get SQL Developer work in English even though their OS is setup for France or China.

In your sqldeveloper.conf file – located in the ‘bin’ directory – add this line

AddVMOption -Duser.language=en

Here’s what it looks like if I set that to ‘fr’:

Oracle SQL Developer with a French user interface

Oracle SQL Developer with a French user interface

Note that setting the locale does more than change the language – we also pick up your number and decimal separator characters.

And with it set to ‘ja’:

Oracle SQL Developer with a Japanese user interface

Oracle SQL Developer with a Japanese user interface