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IBM CICS Transaction Server build toolkit



The IBM CICS Transaction Server build toolkit provides a command-line interface for automating the building of CICS projects created using CICS Explorer.

Download Description

The CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) build toolkit (CICS build toolkit) is updated to support the general availability of CICS TS V5.5. This latest update is dated December 14, 2018. It provides a command line interface for build automation of CICS projects, such as CICS bundles, CICS applications, CICS application bindings, and CICS platforms. The CICS build toolkit also supports projects that are referenced by CICS bundles, including OSGi applications, OSGi bundles, enterprise applications, and web projects, and can take pre-built OSGi bundles and IBM WebSphere Liberty applications as input.

Build automation
In a continuous integration environment, a build script runs automatically when a developer checks-in updates to their application. The script checks-out the latest application from source control, then calls the CICS build toolkit to build the projects that form the application. The script checks the result of the build for errors and, if appropriate, copies the built projects to a suitable location, such as an artefact repository or a staging area on zFS.

Variable substitution
To facilitate the deployment of the same application to different environments (for example, development, quality assurance, and production), you can use the CICS build toolkit to resolve variables in CICS bundles. A script typically uses the built projects together with a properties file that defines values for variables in the target environment.

Please post feedback about the CICS build toolkit, or questions about how to use it to automate building your CICS applications to dW Answers and include "CICS" in the tags.

Skill level required
A build engineer with a good understanding of command line and scripting tools.


  • Release 5.5 - provides support for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.5.


Refer to the readme.txt file in the download zip file.

Download Package

To download:

  1. Click on the HTTP link below and save the compressed file to your local machine.
  2. Extract the saved file to a temporary directory on your target machine. This will create the necessary installation files.
  3. Follow the instructions in the supplied readme.txt file to complete installation.


Descriptions of the command line options and examples are in the CICS documentation, under topic CICS application build automation with the CICS build toolkit.

Download RELEASE DATE LANGUAGE SIZE(Bytes) Download Options 14 Dec 2018 US English 159374499 HTTP 23 Oct 2017 US English 153795707 HTTP 16 Oct 2017 US English 147581268 HTTP

Technical Support

The CICS build toolkit available for download from this page (the "CICS build toolkit 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 build toolkit 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 build toolkit Program for as long as the Parent Program with which the CICS build toolkit Program is to be used is generally supported by IBM. In addition, IBM reserves the right to discontinue service on the CICS build toolkit Program when it is withdrawn from marketing by IBM.

Please read the license file that accompanies the CICS build toolkit 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

Component: SupportPac

Software version: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 4041185

Modified date: 14 December 2018