Installing WebSphere 9 for Developers

WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0 offers a no-charge, no-support option for developers to develop and test their applications before moving the applications to a production environment. This guide provides instructions for downloading and installing the components for the WAS 9 run time version on Windows. In this guide, you will:

  • Install WebSphere 9 and updates
  • Manage your profile

This feature is available in MyEclipse.


The easiest way to install IBM WebSphere Application Server is to use IBM Installation Manager and an IBM-hosted online repository.

Installing the IBM Installation Manager

  1. Download Installation Manager Version 1.8.5 or later from the IBM Installation Manager and Packaging Utility download page.
  2. Extract the Installation Manager download to a temporary location.
  3. Navigate to the temporary location and run the installer appropriate for your user account. If your user account has administrative rights on the computer, run the install executable file. If your user account is non-administrative, run the userinst executable file.

Configuring the IBM-Hosted Repository

  1. In Installation Manager, go to File>Preferences.
  2. In the Repositories panel, click the Add Repository button. Enter the repository URL for the version of WebSphere Application Server that you want to install:
  3. If prompted, authenticate with the IBM-hosted repository using your My IBMid credentials.
  4. When Installation Manager connects to the repository URL, the connection status icon turns green. Click OK.
    Note: These URLs do not work if entered into a browser, they are only for use with Installation Manager.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Complete the Install Packages wizard as follows:
  7. If you want to install IBM HTTP Server, Web Server Plug-ins for WebSphere Application Server, the WebSphere Customization Toolbox which includes the Web Server Plug-ins Configuration Tool, or the WebSphere Application Client, then also add the following composite repository:
    WebSphere Application Server Supplements V9.0: https://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/V9WASSupplements
  8. Click OK to save the settings and close the Preferences window.
After you configure the repository, use Installation Manager to install WebSphere Application Server and other supplemental software packages.

Manage Your Profile

Now that you have installed WebSphere 9, you must create a profile to use the WebSphere Application Server.
  1. Launch the Profile Management Tool from the Start menu.
  2. Click Profile Management Tool, and then click Create.
  3. Select the features on which you want to base the new profile, in this case Application server, and click Next.
  4. Select either a Typical or Advanced profile creation, and click Next.
  5. Deselect the Enable Administrative Security checkbox if you don’t want to enable security, just as you did when installing the WebSphere Application Server software. 
  6. Click Next. The wizard displays the profile summary. 
  7. Click Create to generate the profile based on the platform technology you selected.
  8. Click the Installation verification link on the First Steps console. WebSphere starts up and a console window appears, displaying the startup log.
  9. Close the First Steps console. Your installation of WebSphere Application Server is complete.