Configure JRE for forms 10g

Oracle Jinitiator is no longer compatible with oracle forms services. By default, Oracle Forms services 10g uses Jinitiator to run Forms applications. Jinitiator was compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox version 2.0. But latest internet explorer like IE 8 and 9 crash with Jinitiator. Similar behaviour is seen with Firfox version 3.0 and later.

To resolve this problem, you must configure JRE to work with forms services 10g. It is really easy and requires only very little work. Forms services 10g are by default configured to run with JRE 1.4.2_06. To get this working, locate following lines in your FORMSWEB.CFG file,

# System parameter: default base HTML file
# System parameter: base HTML file for use with JInitiator client
# System parameter: base HTML file for use with Sun’s Java Plug-In
Make changes as shown in bold face below.
# System parameter: default base HTML file
# System parameter: base HTML file for use with JInitiator client
# System parameter: base HTML file for use with Sun’s Java Plug-In

And add below parameters


Now install J2RE version 1.4.2_06  from following URL,

Configuring Auto Download of JRE at Client


You can configure automatic download of JRE at client using following steps. In IE, it will automatically download JRE and initiates install process but in Firefox, user will be required to click on “Manual Install” button.

1- Copy required exe file in a virtual directory on forms server. You can create a new virtual directory or use an existing virtual directory. For example, you can place you .exe file in /forms/java folder

2- Edit jpi_download_page and jpi_codebase parameters as under,

Above setting is for JRE6u23.

Alternately you can also specify download location from oracle website as under,



for complete list of URL for all JRE version, visit following URL

Above settings were test on Forms



About Sher khan

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2 Responses to Configure JRE for forms 10g

  1. Mohankumar says:

    Thanks for this topics.Its worked me well.I configured as you mentioned.I am using this URL to access the form in my server system “http://prod_server:8889/forms/frmservlet?config=sepwin” its working well.But I installed J2RE version 1.4.2_06 in my client system which is also exists in the same network.And I used the URL :http://prod_server:8889/forms/frmservlet?config=sepwin but is not working.The prod_server is the name of the server where the developer suite 10 g and forms services installed and configured.What is the problem seems to be?.Please tell me how to access the form from in my all the network machines from the server.

  2. Fawad says:

    I need to run the Oracle form application from a Windows 7 client so I tried to apply these changes to file formsweb.cfg as mentioned above but i still receive error message that Jinitiator is too low please install or higher. however there is already a Jinitiator installed on that pc.

    I was assuming after making above changes it will just use JRE and should not look for JInitiator.

    Any help please?

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