IBM Installation Manager - Install IBM Installation Manager on Linux using the imcl input command

Installation methods

There are 3 methods that can be used to install Installation Manager:

This article describes the process on how to install Installation Manager using the imcl input command.


Download Installation Manager from IBM Fix Central. Let's say that is downloaded. Make a directory for Installation Manager.

mkdir /opt/IM


Use the unzip command to unzip the package. The -d /opt/IM option is used to unzip the package to the /opt/IM directory.


Do NOT remove the files and directories below /opt/IM (or whatever directory you extracted the zip file to) as these files and directories would be needed for a clean uninstall of Installation Manager.

unzip -d /opt/IM


Create an XML file. Typically, the name of the XML file is response.xml. However, the file name does not have to be response.xml. It can be named anything you want, as long as it's an XML file.



Here is an example of a complete response.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <repository location="/opt/IM" />

  <profile id='IBM Installation Manager' installLocation='/opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse'>

  <install modify='false'>
    <offering id='' 
      profile='IBM Installation Manager' 


Use the imcl (Installation Manager command line) command to install Installation Manager.

/opt/IM/tools/imcl input response.xml -acceptLicense -showProgress


The following should be displayed.

Installed<version> to the /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse directory.


The following command can be used to verify that Installation Manager was installed.

/opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages
. . .


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