Installing the SQL*PLUS tool from Oracle.

Installing the SQL*PLUS tool from Oracle. Downloaded two large files from the site.
My goal is to have this tool ready for when I get a local copy of the Oracle Database.
1. Do I have to Pay for SQL*PLUS eventually or is it free?
2. Do I have to have an account on the Oracle Website to use SQL*PLUS?
3. Do I have to have the driver and database on the machine I am currently working on to install it first?
4. It seems like I have to have an account first before I install the Oracle Configuration Manager which appears to be a prerequisite? Is that a payed for service?

Proper Account setup....Not sure what needs to be here?
I have been reading documentation such as the following but not sure if I am on the right track. Any advice is appreciated to help install.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You can use SQL plus with Oracle for free as it comes with the Oracle database that you need a license for. Not much you can do with SQL plus without Oracle database anyway. You will need an account on the Oracle site to download anything, which you've already done. From your screenshot, you've downloaded the Oracle Database installer, you don't need that for just the SQL plus client. For that you typically download the instant client that includes SQL plus:

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Mark GeerlingsDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Don't try to install SQL*Plus separate from a database software install.  Some years ago, Oracle offered a SQL*Plus client for Windows that was separate from the database software.  But that has been desupported for some years.  The (free) Oracle client tool that you should use now is: SQL Developer.

Yes, whenever you install the Oracle database software, it does automatically include a copy of SQL Plus for the O/S that you install your database software on.  But this is a command-line tool that only works when you log in to the database server directly.  So, this tool is intended to be used by Oracle DBAs for managing Oracle systems.  It is not intended for typical user use.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>The (free) Oracle client tool that you should use now is: SQL Developer.

If you dislike GUI's, SQLCl (SQL Command Line) is like SQL Developer but without the GUI.

Personally I still like sqlplus and it is still supported and delivered as a separate download with the Instant Client mentioned above.
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That cleared that one up now on to the next. Thank you.
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