Installing the software silently

Use silent installations to deploy software to multiple systems, or to an enterprise. In silent mode, you use the command line for installation. A response file supplies the required input to the installation process.

Before you begin

  1. You must have IBM® Installation Manager installed. For information about installing Installation Manager, see Installing Installation Manager in the Installation Manager Knowledge Center.
  2. Create a response file by using either of the following options:
    • Record a response file by using Installation Manager. For more information, see Recording a response file in the Installation Manager Knowledge Center.
    • Create a response file manually. For information about creating response files, see Creating a response file manually in the Installation Manager Knowledge Center.


  1. From the command line, go to the Installation Manager tools directory.
    • On Windows: Depending on the version of Windows and Installation Manager installed, the path can be to the default location or to the location that you have specified. For example, the path can be C:\Program Files\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\tools.
    • On Linux: /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools
  2. Run the following command depending on the OS:
    • On Windows: imcl.exe input response_file -log log_file -acceptLicense
    • On Linux: ./imcl input response_file -log log_file -acceptLicense
    Example commands:
    • On Windows: imcl.exe input C:\response_files\install.xml -log C:\my_log\install_log.xml -acceptLicense
    • On Linux: ./imcl input /response_files/install.xml -log /mylog/install_log.xml -acceptLicense


When the installation is complete, a status of 0 is returned. If the installation cannot be completed, a non-zero number is returned.