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Welcome to Outrun!

1 Overview

Outrun is an Open Source toolset for Enterprise Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Oracle Linux) that automates the installation and management of Oracle databases.


  • Automated Oracle database/clusterware installer
  • Network installer (PXE based)
  • Bundled in performance test tools (SLOB, Swingbench)
  • QDDA (Quick & Dirty Dedupe Analyzer, an analyze tool to report potential deduplication and compression savings)
  • Lightmenu (A curses text-user-interface menu system)

It is specially pre-configured for automatically deploying an Oracle Database on a Linux VM with minimal skills and effort required. It is intended to serve different purposes:

  • Training tool for people learning Oracle
  • Performance testing tool (using pre-configured test kits)
  • Deployment tool for staging VMware environments (Database-as-a-Service)

Outrun is packaged and compiled by Bart Sjerps who works for DellEMC but Outrun is not DellEMC software. DellEMC provides no support on this tool.

The full name is "Outrun for Oracle" - inspired by the eighties racing game Out Run and the primary use case (performance testing).

From Webster's Online Dictionary - Outrun:

out·run verb \ˌau̇t-ˈrən\

 : to run or move faster than (someone or something)
 : to be or become more or greater than (something)

Happy racing !

2 Notes

  • Outrun is still in Beta phase and may contain bugs and other limitations (actually I'm pretty sure there are a few). If you want to help with further development and testing, please let me know.
  • Running Oracle requires an Oracle Support userid/password (to download licensed Oracle software which I cannot include because of copyright)

3 Support

Currently Outrun supports:

  • CentOS 6 when installed via the Outrun ISO image
  • Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 (Red Hat, CentOS, Oracle Linux) if using the PXE install or manual method
  • Oracle 11g, Oracle 12c database / clusterware (currently Enterprise Edition, single instance only)
  • VMware (vSphere, Fusion, Workstation)
  • Physical servers (with reasonably standard hardware i.e. normal network and storage interfaces)
  • Reported to be working with KVM and XEN (OracleVM) hypervisors, Cisco UCS and Dell PowerEdge rack servers (physical)
  • Fully controlled networks (subnets) as well as behind NAT routers or "crippled" name servers etc.

4 Quick Links

You can find the manuals here: Outrun Manuals

An overview of all categories: Categories

5 Author

Outrun and this site are currently maintained by Bart Sjerps.

More info about myself is on my blog Dirty Cache or my LinkedIn Profile