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IBM WebSphere - Install Java for WebSphere using imcl install command

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The Installation Manager command line tool (imcl) has two different commands that can be used to install a product.

  • install
  • input

When using the install command, all of the parameters must be used on the command line. When using the input command, most of the parameters are put in an XML file and then the XML file is used on the command line. This article describes the installation procedure using the install command. Refer to this article to use the input command.


Prerequisites

If you have not installed IBM Installation Manager, install IBM Installation Manager. 


Current Java version

This assumes you have already installed WebSphere, which will include Java. The versionInfo command can be used to display the currently installed version of Java.

${was_install_root}/bin/versionInfo.sh

Installed Product
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Name                  IBM WebSphere SDK Java Technology Edition (Optional)
Version               8.0.5.37
ID                    IBMJAVA8
Build Level           cf161930.01
Build Date            8/1/19
Package               com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5037.20190801_0015
Architecture          x86 (32 bit)
Installed Features    IBM WebSphere SDK for Java Technology Edition 8

 

And the imcl command with the listInstalledPackages -long option can be used to list the IBM packages that have been installed.

~]# /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages -long
/opt/WebSphere/AppServer90 : com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5037.20190801_0015 : IBM WebSphere SDK Java Technology Edition (Optional) : 8.0.5.37
/opt/WebSphere/AppServer90 : com.ibm.websphere.ND.v90_9.0.5007.20210301_1241 : IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment  : 9.0.5.7

 


-prompt vs. -secureStorageFile and -masterPasswordFile

When installing or updating an IBM product, you will need to provide your IBM username and password. One way to provide your username and password is by using the -prompt, which will prompt you to provide your username and password. Another option is to storage your username in a secure storage file and to storage your password in a master password file, and to then using the -secureStorageFile and -masterPasswordFile options on the command line.

 


IBM repository vs. local repository

One of the command line options is -repositories. There are two types of repositories. One is known as an "IBM service repostiory" and the other is known as a "local repository". An IBM service repository is an HTTP URL that contains the installation files for a product, such as:

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90 
  • http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80 
  • http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.java.jdk.v8

A local repository is where you download the IBM Java SDK zip file and then extract the contents of the zip to a directory on the server that you want to install the product on.

If you are going to be performing the install using an IBM service repository, use the listAvailablePackages command to list the available packages in the service repository.

~]$ /opt/WebSphere/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listAvailablePackages -repositories https://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80 -prompt
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.2010.20160224_1829
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3000.20160720_1754
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3020.20161124_1304
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.4005.20170626_0627
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5006.20171219_1611
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5017.20180726_2118
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.6015.20200826_0935
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3000.20160720_1754
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3020.20161124_1304
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.4005.20170626_0627
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5006.20171219_1611
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.5017.20180726_2118
com.ibm.websphere.liberty.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.6015.20200826_0935

 


Perform the install

If installing from an IBM service repository, ensure the -repositories option is followed by the URL to the IBM service repository, like this.

-repositories http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90 

 

If installing from a local repository, ensure the -repositories option is followed by the location of the installation files on your server, like this:

-repositories /tmp/java

 

Here is an example of a full install command to perform the install from an IBM service repository. 

/opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl
install 
com.ibm.java.jdk.v8_8.0.5007.20171218_1035
-repositories http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90  
-installationDirectory /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
-acceptLicense
-showProgress
-prompt

 

And here is an example of a full install command to perform the install from a local repository.

/opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl
install 
com.ibm.java.jdk.v8_8.0.5007.20171218_1035
-repositories /tmp/java 
-installationDirectory /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
-acceptLicense
-showProgress



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