CICS Explorer downloads

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From this page you can download and install the latest release of IBM CICS Explorer, and find installation instructions for the CICS Tools plug-ins.

Download Description

If you want to download CICS Explorer in conjunction with other plug-ins which run on top of IBM Explorer for z/OS (z/OS Explorer), refer to the Mainframe Developer Center.

IMPORTANT: IBM Policy on automatic software updates
CICS Explorer V5.3 can be installed, updated and extended from the software repository for Installation Manager and update site for Eclipse. You can use this repository, or update site, with any compatible Installation Manager (IM) or Eclipse-based product to add CICS Explorer, for example, into that environment.

Note that this web link differs from that used for CICS Explorer V5.2. IBM's current policy for tooling provided on this download site is to perform automatic updates to the latest version of compatible tooling, where requested. IBM intends to update CICS Explorer at set intervals throughout the year. Updates will typically roll up service fixes and may address additional usability and functional issues.

From the two methods of installation that are available, select the one that is right for you:

IBM Installation Manager (IM) - Recommended
Eclipse p2 Update

To help you decide, CICS Explorer Release Notes are provided, and An overview of CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer resources is also available. Detailed instructions on how to install CICS Explorer in different scenarios are also available, in the CICS product documentation under Installing CICS Explorer.

Provided below you will also find information on Adding IBM CICS SDK for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile to your CICS Explorer and Installation Instructions CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer.

Eclipse p2 Update

New CICS Explorer (Fresh Install)
These files are simple extractable archives that do not require Installation Manager but use Eclipse p2 to keep up-to-date.

You want to use CICS Explorer for the first time
  1. Ensure that your system requirements meet the minimum requirements for CICS Explorer
  2. Download and install* CICS Explorer by extracting the compressed file for:
    Microsoft Windows (32 bit) Click me to download(387MB)
    Microsoft Windows (64 bit) Click me to download(409MB)
    Linux (32 bit) Click me to download(356MB)
    Linux (64 bit) Click me to download(367MB)
    Apple OS X Yosemite Click me to download(411MB)

* IMPORTANT: Be aware of extracting CICS Explorer into a location with an existing long path name. This can lead to errors during extraction where the path length might exceed that permitted by the target operating system. If in doubt, extract CICS Explorer to a root directory or similar, such as C:\ or C:\CICS_Explorer. Furthermore, unzipping CICS Explorer on Microsoft Windows platforms might result in a request for a password. If this occurs, the unzip process might not complete successfully. For more details, see CICS Explorer using Windows unzip prompts for password trying to unzip disk image.

Adding IBM CICS SDK for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile to your CICS Explorer

Instructions to add the IBM CICS SDK for Servlet and JSP support to your CICS Explorer
  1. In CICS Explorer, go to Help > Install New Software
  2. Expand IBM CICS Explorer and select IBM CICS SDK for Servlet and JSP support

Installation Instructions for V5.3 CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer

CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer - Installation Instructions and What's New for V5.3
For CICS Explorer V5.3, the following CICS Tools plug-ins have been updated for use with this latest release. To install the plug-ins, click on "Download Eclipse Tools" under "Eclipse Tools for Mainframe Development" on the Mainframe Developer Center and follow the installation instructions. Note that the plug-ins can no longer be downloaded directly from this page.

The following product details include an overview, features, what's new, and system requirements that should be reviewed before you install the plug-ins:

For previous releases of all available CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer, go to CICS Explorer downloads for older releases of CICS Explorer.

Release Notes

Release notes for CICS Explorer
View release notes for CICS Explorer


To get the full benefit from CICS Explorer, CICS Transaction Server for z/OS version 4 or later is required.

System requirements details are available on the CICS Explorer systems requirements page.

Technical support

Each IBM CICS Explorer deliverable available for download from this page (the "CICS Explorer Program") is available at no charge to all licensed users of the IBM Program(s) specified in the Limited Use Program clause of the accompanying IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) (the "Parent Program"). The CICS Explorer Program is supplied under the standard terms and conditions of the IPLA and of the associated License Information and other documentation, and provides a defect correction entitlement for those licensed users entitled to service for the Parent Program. Service is available for the CICS Explorer Program for as long as the Parent Program with which the CICS Explorer Program is to be used is generally supported by IBM. In addition, IBM reserves the right to discontinue service on the CICS Explorer Program when it is withdrawn from marketing by IBM.

Please read the license file that accompanies the CICS Explorer Program, to determine if you want to use it.

Product Alias/Synonym

CICS/TS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

Document information

More support for:

CICS Transaction Server

Software version:

3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Operating system(s):

Linux, Windows

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