ORA-00265: instance recovery required, cannot set ARCHIVELOG mode

Most probably you did a shutdown abort in order to speed up the bounce process 🙂 so you can set your database into archivelog mode.
Below, you can find an example of how one can reproduce this error:

[oracle@node1 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba
SQL*Plus: Release 19.0.0.0.0 - Production on Wed Dec 22 07:37:51 2021
Version 19.3.0.0.0
Copyright (c) 1982, 2019, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
Connected to:
Oracle Database 19c Enterprise Edition Release 19.0.0.0.0 - Production
Version 19.3.0.0.0
SQL> archive log list;
Database log mode              No Archive Mode
Automatic archival             Disabled
Archive destination            /u01/app/oracle/product/19.0.0/dbhome_1/dbs/arch
Oldest online log sequence     28
Current log sequence           30
SQL> startup mount force;
ORACLE instance started.
Total System Global Area 1207955592 bytes
Fixed Size                  9134216 bytes
Variable Size             335544320 bytes
Database Buffers          855638016 bytes
Redo Buffers                7639040 bytes
Database mounted.
SQL> alter database archivelog;
alter database archivelog
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00265: instance recovery required, cannot set ARCHIVELOG mode

The solution is an easy one. All you have to do is to bring you database in OPEN mode and perform a “clean” shutdown:

SQL> alter database open;
Database altered.
SQL> show pdbs
    CON_ID CON_NAME                       OPEN MODE  RESTRICTED
---------- ------------------------------ ---------- ----------
         2 PDB$SEED                       READ ONLY  NO
         3 PDB1                           READ WRITE NO
SQL> shutdown immediate
Database closed.
Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
SQL> startup mount
ORACLE instance started.
Total System Global Area 1207955592 bytes
Fixed Size                  9134216 bytes
Variable Size             335544320 bytes
Database Buffers          855638016 bytes
Redo Buffers                7639040 bytes
Database mounted.
SQL>  alter database archivelog;
Database altered.
SQL> archive log list;
Database log mode              Archive Mode
Automatic archival             Enabled
Archive destination            /u01/app/oracle/product/19.0.0/dbhome_1/dbs/arch
Oldest online log sequence     29
Next log sequence to archive   31
Current log sequence           31
SQL>

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