I recently upgraded macOS to Big Sur and now I can't open SQLDeveloper.app. I am getting this message:

SQLDeveloper.app can’t be opened because the identity of the developer cannot be confirmed

With macOS Catalina it was working perfectly.

A similar question was discussed here “SQLDeveloper.app” can’t be opened because the identity of the developer cannot be confirmed. I already followed the approach mentioned there, but that did not solve my problem.

Any pointer towards the solution would be highly appreciated.


I confirm, there is a problem with this app on Big Sur. I'm guessing it's because of some changes around java_home app in MacOS 11.

I have a workaround to start SQL Developer from a command line:

jhartman@MBP ~ % /Users/jhartman/Downloads/SQLDeveloper.app/Contents/Resources/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin/sqldeveloper

 Oracle SQL Developer
 Copyright (c) 2005, 2018, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

/Users/jhartman/Downloads/SQLDeveloper.app/Contents/Resources/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin/../../ide/bin/launcher.sh: line 885: /usr/lib/exec/java_home: No such file or directory

(despite the error, SQL Devel starts)

Tested on sqldeveloper-, update the command above with location of your SQLDeveloper.

If you have time, worth to raise an SR on http://support.oracle.com/

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  • Unfortunately, it did not solve my problem. When I ran above, I got a pop-up message with “SQLDeveloper.app” can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software., After Okaying this message, in the terminal I get : zsh: killed – Bogaso Nov 21 at 22:21
  • I wonder what these so called big software companies do during their fancy beta testing phases – Bogaso Nov 21 at 22:22
  • If you can try again: -select SQL Developer in Finder and choose Open (not just double click - choose Open from the menu to approve the app) and then -try start from terminal as above. – Jarek Nov 21 at 22:53

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