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Status Not under consideration
Workspace WebSphere Liberty
Created by Guest
Created on May 20, 2022

Provide API for IBM J9 downloads

Downloads for IBM J9 are behind a log-in and there does not seem to be an API to get them. E.g. for the release 8.0.7.6, we need to download archives for these platforms:

Now, each download leads to another site, yet another confirmation site, and then two downloads (a sha256 file and the zip/tar.gz file).

However, iFixes are yet another issue and have a different naming scheme.


Please provide an API which we can use to download IBM J9, maybe similar to adoptium or GitHub (as we use for IBM Semeru already).


Same applies to IHS. It is a lot of manual and tedious work to get all of those files downloaded and renamed, so we can run our scripts on them.

Idea priority Urgent
  • Admin
    Graham Charters
    Jul 27, 2022

    Thank you for the suggestion. The requirement does have merit, but looking at it with respect to our total backlog of requests we do not see sufficient interest in this enhancement to merit delivery any time in the foreseeable future. Given the unlikelihood that we would deliver this, we are declining the request rather than leaving it in an uncommitted state for an extended period of time.

    Given the direction of WebSphere customers is towards IBM Semeru Java, we are looking into the possibility of providing an API for Semeru downloads.

    If you would like to discuss this decision further, please contact Graham Charters <charters@uk.ibm.com>.

  • Guest
    May 20, 2022

    Here's what you currently have to do:


    1. Open https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/ibm-sdk-java-technology-edition-version-80-websphere-liberty-using-archives#8076

    2. Open each platform in a new tab.

    3. Wait about 10 seconds to load for each tab.

    4. Click through each tab again, clicking on the "continue" button.

    5. Click through each tab AGAIN, click on on the .tgz/.tar.gz/.zip files and manually select a download location.

    6. Click on the sha file (sometimes called .txt). This one opens in the browser, because content-disposition has not been set.

    7. Hit ctrl+s to save the hash file.

    8. Continue with other tabs (i.e. platforms).

    Now you have these files:

    user@host ~/Downloads/ibm/java/8.0.7.6 $ ls -lhF
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 84B May 20 10:43 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-AIXpSeries64.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 103B May 20 10:52 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-LinuxpSeries64.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 105B May 20 10:52 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-LinuxpSeries64le.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 104B May 20 10:51 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-Linuxx86_6464.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 103B May 20 10:51 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-LinuxzSeries64.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 97B May 20 10:42 8.0.7.6-JavaSE-SDK-Windowsx8664.sha256.txt
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 168M May 20 10:44 ibm-java-sdk-8.0-7.6-linux-ppc64.tgz
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 157M May 20 10:43 ibm-java-sdk-8.0-7.6-linux-ppc64le.tgz
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 149M May 20 10:43 ibm-java-sdk-8.0-7.6-linux-s390x.tgz
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 158M May 20 10:43 ibm-java-sdk-8.0-7.6-linux-x86_64.tgz
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 243M May 20 10:42 ibm-java-sdk-80-win-x86_64.zip
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 user user 171M May 20 10:44 j864redist.tar.gz




    Have fun getting those right.

    With ifixes, these names change in an unpredictable way.


    Next steps:

    • scp to the build server

    • run rename script

    • Add missing OpenPGP signatures(?).

    • now it is available!