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How to Download & Install WebSphere Application Server 7 on Linux

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IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 7 is still widely used though we have a newer version (WAS 8.5.5, WAS 9) available.


WAS 7 ND trial is not available to download anymore however, you can do the developer base version which will help you to educate yourself.

Download IBM WebSphere Application Server 7

Open your favorite browser and access below link
  • Click on Continue
  • Go to “Download using http” tab and select the Linux gz (was.7000.wasdev.nocharge.linux.amd64.tar.gz) file to download


It will take few minutes to download.

Install WebSphere Application Server 7

  • Go to path where you have downloaded the file
  • Extract the file using gunzip and tar command
gunzip –c was.7000.wasdev.nocharge.linux.amd64.tar.gz | tar xvf –

It will extract following files

-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root  root         5440 Aug 31 2008
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         1113 Aug 31 2008 launchpad.ini
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         208 Jul 23 2011 Version.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root       68251 Jul 23 2011 notices.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         4631 Jul 23 2011 non_IBM_license.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 root   root         343 Jul 23 2011 Copyright.txt
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root   root           34 Jul 23 2011 JDK
drwxr-xr-x. 11 root   root         4096 Jul 23 2011 WAS
drwxr-xr-x. 35 root   root         4096 Jul 23 2011 launchpad
drwxr-xr-x. 11 root   root         4096 Jan 3 23:29 ibmim
  • Go to WAS folder and invoke install
[root@localhost Downloads]# cd WAS
[root@localhost WAS]# ./install
  • It will start Installation Wizard, click Next


  • Accept the terms and click on Next


  • Click Next on System Perquisite Check window
  • Select the optional features like “Sample applications, non-English language” if you want to and click Next


  • You can either leave the default installation directory or change on next screen


  • Select the type of environment you want to create during installation and click next. I will proceed with “Application Server” environment.


  • Enter user & password for an administrative console, this will be the one you have to use to login into Admin Console.

Note: you have the option to disable the security by unchecking the “Enable administrative security”.


Finally, you will have installation summary where you can verify the product, features, path, etc. WebSphere will also verify the permissions to ensure it can write the data on selected folder.



  • It may take few minutes to install and once done you will see “SUCCESS” confirmation like below.


Well done! You have successfully installed IBM WebSphere Application Server 7 on Linux environment and it’s time to verify the installation.

  •  Click on Finish and it will open First steps window as shown below. Click on “Installation verification


It will open “first steps output” where WAS will attempt to start and if all good then you will see verification complete message.


This concludes WAS 7 is installed & verified successfully and all over to you to play around with it.

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