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Supported database versions

utPLSQL is continuously tested against following versions of Oracle databases * 11g R2 * 12c * 12c R2 * 18c * 19c

We do our best to assure full compatibility with supported versions of Oracle databases See


utPLSQL will run on any Oracle Database version 11g relase 2 or above.

Licensed features required

utPLSQL doesn't require any extra licensed features of Oracle database. It can be installed on any Standard Edition Oracle Database.

In fact, it even supports Oracle 11g XE which is a free Oracle Database version with minimal features and storage limits.

Storage requirements

utPLSQL will use tablespace for the following: - storage of annotation cache - storage of suite cache - storage of profiler results - storage for staging utPLSQL reports outputs

utPLSQL purges the staging storage for reports while fetching reports to screen / saving reports to files.

Suite and annotation cache storage requirements are minimal and unless you have hundreds of thousands of tests, you'll probably not even notice the space used.

Profiler results may require regular purging to assure low space consumption. utPLSQl does not purge profiler tables as those tables can can be shared with other tools.

Downloading utPLSQL

Manual download

The files have identical content but use different compression (tar / zip ) so choose whichever you prefer depending on your platform (Win/Mac/Unix/Linux).

Scripted download of latest utPLSQL version

The below snippets can be used to download latest version of utPLSQL from github releases.

After downloading follow the installation instructions in next sections of this document.


# Get the url to latest release "zip" file
UTPLSQL_DOWNLOAD_URL=$(curl --silent | awk '/browser_download_url/ { print $2 }' | grep ".zip\"" | sed 's/"//g')
# Download the latest release "zip" file
# Extract downloaded "zip" file
unzip -q

You may download with a one-liner if that is more convenient.

curl -LOk $(curl --silent | awk '/browser_download_url/ { print $2 }' | grep ".zip\"" | sed 's/"//g') 


To run the script on windows you will need PowerShell 3.0 or above. You will also need .NET 4.0 Framework or above.

$archiveName = ''
$latestRepo = Invoke-WebRequest
$repo = $latestRepo.Content | Convertfrom-Json

$urlList = $repo.assets.browser_download_url

Add-Type -assembly ""

foreach ($i in $urlList) {

   $fileName = $i.substring($i.LastIndexOf("/") + 1)

   if ( $fileName.substring($fileName.LastIndexOf(".") + 1) -eq 'zip' ) {
      Invoke-WebRequest $i -OutFile $archiveName
      $fileLocation = Get-ChildItem | where {$_.Name -eq $archiveName}

      if ($fileLocation) {

Headless installation

utPLSQL can be installed with DDL trigger, to enable tracking of DDL changes to your unit test packages. This is the recommended installation approach, when you want to compile and run unit test packages in a schema containing huge amount of database packages (for example Oracle EBS installation schema). The reason for having DDL trigger is to enable in-time annotation parsing for utPLSQL. Without DDL trigger, utPLSQL needs to investigate your schema objects last_ddl_timestamp each time tests are executed to check if any of DB packages were changed in given schema and if they need scanning for annotation changes. This process can be time-consuming if DB schema is large.

The headless scripts accept three optional parameters that define: - username to create as owner of utPLSQL (default ut3)
- password for owner of utPLSQL (default XNtxj8eEgA6X6b6f) - tablespace to use for storage of profiler data (default users)

The scripts need to be executed by SYSDBA, in order to grant access to DBMS_LOCK and DBMS_CRYPTO system packages.


Grant on DBMS_LOCK is required only for installation on Oracle versions below 18c. For versions 18c and above, utPLSQL uses DBMS_SESSION.SLEEP so access to DBMS_LOCK package is no longer needed.


The user performing the installation must have the ADMINISTER DATABASE TRIGGER privilege. This is required for installation of trigger that is responsible for parsing annotations at at compile-time of a package.


When installing with DDL trigger, utPLSQL will not be registering unit tests for any of oracle-maintained schemas. For Oracle 11g following users are excluded: ANONYMOUS, APPQOSSYS, AUDSYS, DBSFWUSER, DBSNMP, DIP, GGSYS, GSMADMIN_INTERNAL, GSMCATUSER, GSMUSER, ORACLE_OCM, OUTLN, REMOTE_SCHEDULER_AGENT, SYS, SYS$UMF, SYSBACKUP, SYSDG, SYSKM, SYSRAC, SYSTEM, WMSYS, XDB, XS$NULL

For Oracle 12c and above the users returned by below query are excluded by utPLSQL:

  select username from all_users where oracle_maintained='Y';

Installation without DDL trigger

To install the utPLSQL into a new database schema and grant it to public, execute the script install_headless.sql as SYSDBA.

Example invocation of the script from command line:

cd source
sqlplus sys/sys_pass@db as sysdba @install_headless.sql  

Invoking script with parameters:

cd source
sqlplus sys/sys_pass@db as sysdba @install_headless.sql utp3 my_verySecret_password utp3_tablespace   

Installation with DDL trigger

To install the utPLSQL into a new database schema and grant it to public, execute the script install_headless_with_trigger.sql as SYSDBA.

Example invocation of the script from command line:

cd source
sqlplus sys/sys_pass@db as sysdba @install_headless_with_trigger.sql  

Invoking script with parameters:

cd source
sqlplus sys/sys_pass@db as sysdba @install_headless_with_trigger.sql utp3 my_verySecret_password utp3_tablespace   

Recommended Schema

It is highly recommended to install utPLSQL in it's own schema. You are free to choose any name for this schema. Installing uPLSQL into a shared schema is really not recommended as you loose isolation of framework.

If the installing user and utPLSQL owner is one and the same, the user must have the following Oracle system permissions before you can proceed with the installation.


In addition, the user must be granted the execute privilege on DBMS_LOCK and DBMS_CRYPTO packages.

utPLSQL is using DBMS_PROFILER tables for code coverage. The tables required by DBMS_PROFILER will be created in the installation schema unless they already exist.

It is up to DBA to maintain the storage of the profiler tables.

Manual installation procedure

Creating schema for utPLSQL

To create the utPLSQL schema and grant all the required privileges execute script create_utplsql_owner.sql from the source directory with parameters:

  • user name - the name of the user that will own of utPLSQL object
  • password - the password to be set for that user
  • tablespace name - the tablespace name to hold data created during test execution

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus sys/sys_password@database as sysdba @create_utPLSQL_owner.sql ut3 ut3 users  

Installing utPLSQL

To install the utPLSQL framework into your database, go to source directory, run the install.sql providing the schema_name for utPLSQL as parameter.
Schema must be created prior to calling the install script. You may install utPLSQL from any account that has sufficient privileges to create objects in other users schema.

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus admin/admins_password@database @install.sql ut3  

Installing DDL trigger

To minimize startup time of utPLSQL framework (especially on a database with large schema) it is recommended to install utPLSQL DDL trigger to enable utPLSQL annotation to be updated at compile-time.

It's recommended to install DDL trigger when connected as SYSDBA user. Trigger is created in utPLSQL schema. If using the owner schema of utPLSQL to install trigger, the owner needs to have ADMINISTER DATABASE TRIGGER and CREATE TRIGGER system privileges. If using different user to install trigger, the user needs to have ADMINISTER DATABASE TRIGGER and CREATE ANY TRIGGER system privileges.

To install DDL trigger go to source directory, run the install_ddl_trigger.sql providing the schema_name for utPLSQL as parameter.

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus admin/admins_password@database @install_ddl_trigger.sql ut3  


Trigger can be installed ant any point in time.

Allowing other users to access the utPLSQL framework

In order to allow other users to access utPLSQL, synonyms must be created and privileges granted. You have two options:

  • use grants and synonyms to public, to allow all users to access the framework
  • use synonyms and grants for individual users to limit the access to the framework

To grant utPLSQL to public execute script source/create_synonyms_and_grants_for_public.sql and provide schema_name where utPLSQL is installed.

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus admin/admins_password@database @create_synonyms_and_grants_for_public.sql ut3  
To grant utPLSQL to an individual user, execute scripts source/create_user_grants.sql and source/create_user_synonyms.sql, provide schema_name where utPLSQL is installed and user_name to grant access for.

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus ut3_owner_schema/ut3_password@database @create_user_grants.sql ut3 hr
sqlplus user/user_password@database @create_user_synonyms.sql ut3 hr

The following tools that support the SQL*Plus commands can be used to run the installation script:

Checking environment and utPLSQL version

To check the framework version execute the following query:

select substr(ut.version(),1,60) as ut_version from dual;

Additionally you may retrieve more information about your environment by executing the following query:

  xmlserialize( content xmltype(ut_run_info()) as clob indent size = 2 )
  from dual;

Additional requirements

In order to use the Code Coverage functionality of utPLSQL, users executing the tests must have the CREATE privilege on the PLSQL code that the coverage is gathered on. This is a requirement of DBMS_PROFILER package.

In practice, user running tests for PLSQL code that he does not own, needs to have CREATE ANY PROCEDURE/CREATE ANY TRIGGER privileges. Running code coverage on objects that the user does not own will not produce any coverage information without those privileges.

Uninstalling utPLSQL

To uninstall run uninstall.sql and provide schema_name where utPLSQL is installed.

Example invocation:

cd source
sqlplus admin/admins_password@database @uninstall.sql ut3

The uninstall script will remove all the objects installed by the installation script. Additionally, all the public and private synonyms pointing to the objects in the utPLSQL schema will be removed.

If you have extended any utPLSQL types such as a custom reporter, these will need to be dropped before the uninstall, otherwise the uninstall script might fail.

The uninstall script does not drop the schema.

In order for the uninstall to be successful, you need to use the uninstall script that was provided with the exact utPLSQL version installed on your database. i.e. the uninstall script provided with version 3.1.11 will not work correctly if you want to remove version 3.0.0 from your database.

Alternatively you can drop the user that owns utPLSQL and re-create it using headless install.

Version upgrade

Currently, the only way to upgrade version of utPLSQL v3.0.0 and above is to remove the previous version and install the new version.

Working with utPLSQL v2

If you are using utPLSQL v2, you can still install utPLSQL v3. The only requirement is that utPLSQL v3 needs to be installed in a different schema than utPLSQL v2.

utPLSQL v3 and utPLSQL v2 do not collide on public synonym names.

Last update: February 23, 2022 22:55:42
Created: October 23, 2016 20:53:00