How to determine the installed version of IBM Rational Software Architect
How do you find out which version of IBM Rational Software Architect for Websphere Software (RSA4WS), IBM Rational Software Architect (RSA) or IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) is installed on a machine?
You are administering a large number of machines and you want to be able to make sure that the same version of RSA4WS, RSA or RAD is installed on a given set of machines.
There are two ways for you to check which versions of RSA4WS, RSA or RAD is installed on your machine depending on your version of IBM Installation Manager (IM):
- Use the
imclcommand (This is the recommended method but it requires IM version 1.4.3 or higher.)
The easiest way for you to find out which versions of RSA4WS, RSA or RAD is installed is to use the
imclcommand that was introduced with IM 1.4.3. You can find the
imclexecutable file in the
toolsdirectory of your IM installation directory. By default, this directory can be found in
C:\Program Files\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\toolson Microsoft Windows or in
From this directory, you can run the following command to have a list of all installed packages:
imcl.exe listInstalledPackageson Windows.)
This command will return a list of all packages installed on your machine, among which you will find the installed versions of RSA4WS, RSA or RAD, if any. For instance, if you have installed RSA4WS 22.214.171.124 on your machine, you should see the following line:
Additionally, starting with version 1.5 of IM, you can add the
-verboseoption that will more explicitly state the name and version of the installed packages and make it easier for you to find your version. For instance, if you have RSA4WS 126.96.36.199 installed on your machine, you should see the following lines:
Name: IBM? Rational? Software Architect for WebSphere Software (com.ibm.rational.rsa4ws.80)
Version: 188.8.131.52 (8.0.4020.RSA4WSO8042-I20121203_2132
For RSA or RAD the process is the same, except for the name of the packages.
With early releases of RSA and RSA4WS v8.0.x, versions 1.4.1 or 1.4.2 of IM, which did not come with the
imcl command, were supported for installation. If you or any of your users are using these versions, you will have to make sure that every IM version that is installed is upgraded to at least version 1.4.3.
If upgrading IM on all the machines you are administering is not possible, you will have to write a small program that mimics what the
imcl does, namely parsing the
installed.xml file to find out which version of RSA is installed.
- Parse the
installed.xmlfile (This method is more complex, but it does not require any specific version of IM.)
installed.xmlfile is a file used by IM to maintain a list of all packages and features that are currently installed on your machine. This file can be found in IM installation directory. By default, this directory is located in
C:\Program Files\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\toolson Windows or in
Within this file, assuming that you have RSA4WS 184.108.40.206 installed, you should notably have a
<package>tag which looks like:
<package kind='offering' name='IBM® Rational® Software Architect for WebSphere Software' id='com.ibm.rational.rsa4ws.80' version='8.0.4020.RSA4WSO8042-I20121203_2132'>
and contains, among many others,
<property>tags similar to the following
<property name='cic.info.name' value='IBM® Rational® Software Architect for WebSphere Software'/>
<property name='cic.info.version' value='220.127.116.11'/>
You would then need to write a script that that parses the XML file and looks for its property
cic.info.versionfor each package named
IBM® Rational® Software Architect for WebSphere Software.
You could then display the full name (using the
cic.info.namevalue) of each RSA4WS instance installed on the machine and its exact version.
If you also have versions of RSA or of RAD, the process would be the same, but the name of the package to look for would be different.
Note that if you have several versions of the same product installed on your machine, both methods will enable you to find all installed versions.
|Software Development||Rational Software Architect for WebSphere Software||Installation||Linux, Windows||8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 8.5, 8.5.1|
|Software Development||Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software||Installation||Linux, Windows||8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 8.5, 8.5.1|
More support for:
Rational Software Architect
Software version: 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 8.5, 8.5.1
Operating system(s): Linux, Windows
Reference #: 1634993
Modified date: 02 May 2013
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