Oracle Home Directory Naming Convention

By default, Oracle Universal Installer configures Oracle home directories using these Oracle Optimal Flexible Architecture conventions.

The directory pattern syntax for Oracle homes is /pm/s/u/product/v/type_[n]. The following table describes the variables used in this syntax:

Variable Description


A mount point name.


A standard directory name.


The name of the owner of the directory.


The version of the software.


The type of installation. For example: Database (dbhome), Client (client), or Oracle Grid Infrastructure (grid)


An optional counter, which enables you to install the same product more than once in the same Oracle base directory. For example: Database 1 and Database 2 (dbhome_1, dbhome_2)

For example, the following path is typical for the first installation of Oracle Database on this system: