Oracle 23c Free, APEX & ORDS on Docker - a guide for MacOS with Apple M1

Running Oracle Database Free images via Docker Desktop is impossible(yet?) on new Apple M1 chipsets. Nonetheless, a solution is available through the use of COLIMA.

Follow those simple steps to get up and running

  • Oracle 23c Free Database

  • ORDS latest (24.1)

  • Open JAVA 17 JDK

  • APEX latest (23.2)

on MacOS with M1 chipsets.

1.Install BREW [5 minutes]

Open the MacOS terminal, paste it and run (you can read more about Brew here)

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Wait until you see this:

2.Install COLIMA [15-20 mins]

Make sure you don't have docker running at this moment ( If you already have it. If not, you will install it in the next few steps). Run*docker info*command to check it.

It's required to run docker images on MacOS with an M1 chipset (you can read more about Colima here)

Open the MacOS terminal, paste it and run

brew install colima


Until you see this:

3.Start COLIMA [5 mins]

Open the MacOS terminal, paste it and run (Thanks for that GVenzl!)

colima start --arch x86_64 --memory 4

Sometimes, the above setting may not be enough - then try to assign more resources to Colima. For me worked this:

colima start --arch x86_64 --memory 6 --cpu 4

Don't assign too much, or your Mac will slow down.

To see the number of physical CPUs on MacOS run:

sysctl -n hw.physicalcpu

3.1 Potential issues with COLIMA

After upgrading my MacOS to Sonoma 14.4, I had issues with starting Colima (version 0.6.8). Probably at the moment of writing this (15.04.2024 all Colima's >= 0.6.2 will not work on MacOS >= 14)

The solution at that moment is:

Source ->

4.Follow the steps provided in the tutorial for Windows users by Matt Mulvaney - start from here (steps are the same for Windows and MacOS)