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One of the essential tasks for WebSphere administrator is to ensure technology stack in a production environment is up-to-date.

There are many including security, feature enhancements & bug fixes are released by IBM as a fix pack, and in this guide, I will explain how to upgrade the fix pack in IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5 version.

My current version is, and I will upgrade Fix Pack 6 using IBM Installation Manager so, in the end, my WAS will be upgraded to

Download WebSphere Application Server Fix Pack 6

  • Go to following URL

  • Select the zip file for your desired platform. I am using Linux so that I will proceed with the download for “Distributed” platform.


  • Fix Pack 6 is available in two parts, so you got to download both of them as shown below and click on Continue


  • Log in with your IBM ID to download the fix pack


  • Click on each file (part 1 & part 2) to download


  • Transfer the downloaded file to your server
  • You should have following two files on WAS server where you wish to upgrade the fix pack
-rw-rw-r--. 1 chandan chandan 901272378 Aug 30 02:18
-rw-rw-r--. 1 chandan chandan 1762272953 Aug 30 02:53
  • Extract the file using unzip command
# unzip
# unzip
  • It will take a minute or two, and you will have following extracted files/folders.
[root@localhost fixpack]# ls -ltr
total 2604656
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root   root          30 Jun 12 16:44 atoc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       376411 Jun 12 16:44
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       375954 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       358020 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       357755 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       357957 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root        357763 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       358185 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       357817 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       128376 Jun 12 16:45
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root   root       159744 Jun 12 16:45 files
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       128313 Jun 12 16:45
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         1284 Jun 12 16:45 repository.config
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root   root         4096 Jun 12 16:45 plugins
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root   root         4096 Jun 12 16:45 Offerings
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root   root         53248 Jun 12 16:45 native
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       149645 Jun 12 16:45 repository.xml

Now, it’s time to use IBM Installation Manager to apply the fix pack.

Few pointers…

  1. Stop the WAS if it’s still running
  2. Take a backup of entire WAS

Apply WAS Fix Pack using IBM IM

  • Open IBM Installation Manager
  • Click on File >> Preferences


  • Click on Add Repository
  • Click on Browse and select repository.config which you got above after extracting fix pack
  • Click on OK


  • You should have something like below, click on OK to continue


  • Click on Next on select package group window


  • It will give you confirmation that Version is recognized in a repository.config file. Click on Next


  • Accept the terms and click on Next


  • Here you can customize the features if you wish. Click on Next


  • Review the summary information and click on Update to apply the fix pack


  • It will take few minutes and at the end, you will have success message as shown below.


Well done! This indicates you have applied Fix Pack 6 on 8.5.5 version and now WAS version should be Let’s verify them.

  • Go to $PROFILE_HOME/bin folder
  • Execute to see the installed WAS
[root@localhost bin]# ./
WVER0010I: Copyright (c) IBM Corporation 2002, 2012; All rights reserved.
WVER0012I: VersionInfo reporter version, dated 2/8/12
IBM WebSphere Product Installation Status Report
Report at date and time August 31, 2015 4:52:31 AM PDT
Product Directory       /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
Version Directory       /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/properties/version
DTD Directory           /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/properties/version/dtd
Log Directory           /var/ibm/InstallationManager/logs
Product List
NDTRIAL                 installed
Installed Product
Name                 IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
ID                   NDTRIAL
Build Level           cf061521.02
Build Date           5/29/15
Architecture         x86-64 (64 bit)
Installed Features   IBM 64-bit WebSphere SDK for Java
                     WebSphere Application Server Full Profile
                     Sample applications
End Installation Status Report
[root@localhost bin]#

You may also use to see previous and current installed version.

[root@localhost bin]# ./
WVER0210I: Copyright (c) IBM Corporation 2002, 2012; All rights reserved.
WVER0212I: HistoryInfo Reporter Version, Dated 10/18/11
IBM WebSphere Product History Report
Report at date and time August 31, 2015 4:52:57 AM PDT
Product Directory   /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
Version Directory   /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/properties/version
DTD Directory       /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/properties/version/dtd
Log Directory       /var/ibm/InstallationManager/logs
Installation Event
Install Manager Offering ID
Action                             install
Log File Name                    20150812_0525.xml
Timestamp                         2015-08-12 06:18:25-0700
Result                             success
Installed Features                 Sample applications
                                   IBM 64-bit WebSphere SDK for Java
Installation Event
Install Manager Offering ID
Action                             update
Log File Name                     20150831_0419.xml
Timestamp                         2015-08-31 04:25:16-0700
Result                             success
Installed Features                 IBM 64-bit WebSphere SDK for Java
                                   Sample applications
End History Report
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------[root@localhost bin]#

So that was all for today, and I hope you have an idea how to apply Fix Pack on IBM WebSphere Application Server environment.

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