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Fix: Opatch failed with error code 73

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Oracle is one of the giants of the software industry known for commercial products that are reliable in the field. However, even the most reliable software or hardware deployments need updates occasionally, and installations don’t always go smoothly. 

In this article, we’re talking about the “Opatch failed with error code 73”, the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes the “Opatch failed with error code 73” error?

The error is generally triggered when you’re trying to apply a patch with an Oracle product version incompatible with the patch. Other causes include:

  • Outdated or corrupted patch files
  • Internet or access issues

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How to fix the “Opatch failed with error code 73” error?

Here are four fixes you can try out.

Try running the patch again

One thing you should do is try running the patch again, except this time with the -ignoreSysPrereqs flag. The flag tells the command to go through with the patch installation even if the patch doesn’t meet the required settings for the product you’re patching. 

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Run Opatch from the installation directory

You can also run the Opatch command in the installation directory of the product you’re trying to patch. This ensures that the command can fetch the latest available patches for the particular Oracle product you’re using. For example, if you’re using Oracle database, you’d run the following command. 

Opatch oracle

Opatch will then show you all the available patches for the specified product allowing you to manually choose the patch you want to install and proceed with the installation without any compatibility errors. 


Change the ORACLE_HOME environment variable

Another solution you can try is to change the ORACLE_HOME environment variable to the directory where your Oracle product is installed. You can use the export command for this. So for example, if your product installation directory is /app/oracle/program, you’d use the following command

export ORACLE_HOME=/app/oracle/program

Once the environment variable is properly set, try running Opatch again and the problem should be gone. 


Manually copy over the patch files

Last but not least, if nothing else works, copy the following files from the patch folder to the folder where your Oracle program is installed. 

  • opatch.log
  • opatch.install
  • opatch.license
  • opatch.manual
  • opatch.properties
  • opatch.scripting
  • opatch.settings
  • opatch.service
  • opatch.version

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected].

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