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Toad for Oracle 17.0 - Installation Guide

Install Toad for Oracle

Toad installation options

Toad for Oracle installation options

You can install Toad in the following ways:

Typical installation

Use the Toad Editions Installer to install Toad, along with any or all of the other products of a Toad Edition. This installer is available in the following formats:

  • Web-based installer: This installer is a web-based thin client that automatically detects and downloads the correct Toad installation files, based on your license key. At the same time, the installer detects any other available Quest products in the Edition and allows you to select the ones to download and install.
  • Full installer: This installer contains all of the installation files required to install Toad and any other products of an Edition. It detects and shows the products in the Edition, based on your license key. This installer supports administrators who need to provide installation programs from a central server to multiple users.

Silent installation

You can perform a silent installation of Toad by running a standalone MSI installer. See Install Toad silently from the command line in this guide.

Read-only installation

You can install a read-only version of Toad. See Install Toad as read-only in this guide.

Installation guidelines

  • Install the 32-bit version of Toad if you are using a 32-bit Oracle client. Install the 64-bit version of Toad if you are using a 64-bit Oracle client.
  • The Toad Editions installer contains both 32-bit and 64-bit software.
  • Toad automatically imports your settings files if the new version is within two releases of the previous version. If your versions are more than two releases apart, install an intermediate version to successfully import the files, and then upgrade to this version.
  • If you need to import your Toad settings from another computer, you can manually import the settings. See Import user settings.
  • Toad for Oracle Subscription edition is bundled with Quest Auto Update, a service to periodically check for and deliver product updates. Upon successful installation, Quest Auto Update is configured to run automatically using the LocalService account. Product updates are automatically downloaded and a notification window displays alerting you to the pending updates. You can install or dismiss updates from the notification window.

    Note: Quest Auto Update does not provide updates for all products produced by Quest.

  • In order to install and run Toad for Oracle, make a connection, and do basic operations, you must have the following privileges:

    Operating System


    Windows 8.1 and 10

    Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019 and 2022

    • Read access to the Oracle client folder
    • Read/write privileges on the Oracle Home directories that you use for your connections

    Note: Toad for Oracle Subscription edition is bundled with Quest Auto Update, a service to periodically check for and deliver product updates. Installation requires administrator privileges on all supported operating systems.

    Note: Other functionality in Toad may require additional privileges.

  • If you experience startup failures, do the following:

    1. Right-click on the Toad shortcut, then select Properties.
    2. Select the Compatibility tab.
    3. Select Change Settings for All User.
    4. Make certain Run this program as an administrator is selected for the user who is running Toad (or you can set it for all users).

Preinstallation instructions for Citrix or Remote Desktop Services

All Toad user files are stored in a user_name directory. When a user opens Toad for the first time, Toad copies the contents of this folder to the user’s associated Application Data folder in the Toad installation folder.

Note: Write access is required to the Oracle directory if any of the users want to edit the tnsnames.ora file by using the TNSNames Editor within Toad.

To install Toad on a Citrix/Remote Desktop Services system

  1. Connect to the system as an administrator.
  2. Copy the Toad installer to the Citrix/Remote Desktop Services server, if required.
  3. Install Toad according to the instructions provided in this guide.
  4. Right-click the Toad.exe file in the root installation folder, and then select Properties. Make sure the Allow non-administrators to run this program option is selected under Compatibility | User Account Privileges.
  5. Repeat these steps for each server in the Citrix/Remote Desktop Services farm.

    Note: Although you must install Toad on every server in the farm, you only need to publish Toad once.

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