Sunday, July 05, 2020

More info on Oracle Always Free APEX upgrades

This post is a continuation of the series of blog posts on the Best and Cheapest Oracle APEX hosting: Free Oracle Cloud.

With the release of APEX 19.2 you couldn't really decide when Oracle would upgrade your APEX version in the Always Free Oracle Cloud. But this is now changed. From now on you can decide when Oracle upgrades your Oracle APEX version.

This is the email I received a few days ago:

If you do nothing your APEX instance will be upgraded as soon as possible, but you can decide to defer the update up to 45 days.

In order to check what the settings are on your instance, log in to your Oracle Cloud account.

Go to Autonomous Transaction Processing and click on your database, in my case DBDIMI. From there click on Tools and hit Open APEX: 

You might have a direct link to your Oracle APEX instance, you can click on that too.

Login to your INTERNAL workspace, with the ADMIN user:

On the right-hand side it will tell you when an update is being done for Oracle APEX:

By default, it will update automatically when Oracle APEX is made available for your platform.
But if you click on the gear icon you can change it:

Here I changed it to defer the update, up to 45 days this can be done before it performs the upgrade automatically.

You find some more frequently asked questions in this blog post


Anonymous said...

What does UP TO 45 days mean is it 1 to 45 days?

Dimitri Gielis said...


Juergen said...

Sounds like a joke to me, it's completely random. Complete BS feature. It's like. I pay your salary up to 45K a year but it could also be 1K 🤷‍♂️

I'm so happy that I don't have to work for a company I would freak out

Dimitri Gielis said...

I think it's a good feature. This way you can clone your instance, upgrade to the latest version and once all is good you upgrade your main instance. The only thing to remind is that you finish your testing within 45 days, as that is the maximum you can defer it.

Anonymous said...

So it is NOT random you can say update it in 1 day OR update in in 45 days?

Dimitri Gielis said...

As far as I understand it's not random no. When the APEX upgrade happens before or around the 8th seems not 100% fixed.
But as long as you keep the setting to defer it won't update APEX. If you still have the option set to defer after 45 days, it's going to upgrade anyway. At least that is how I understand it.

Anonymous said...

This back and forth is terrible.
So are these assumptions and interpretations.
And this sort of thing happens all the time.
Is there no one at Oracle who can formulate a few clear and unambiguous sentences.
I can't understand something like that, it's just sad.

Eslam said...

Can I prevent the update process?