Show me the code! – By Davanum Srinivas

October 10, 2011

WAS 7.0 Eclipse plugin (IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0)

Filed under: websphere — Davanum Srinivas @ 2:14 pm

You can install a Eclipse plugin that works with IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 from the Eclipse Marketplace. Yes, In addition to supporting WebSphere Application Server v8.5 Alpha Liberty Profile, v8.0, it also supports the v7.0.

If you don’t have Eclipse Marketplace installed, Add a new site/repository for software updates –

See screen shot below:
Eclipse Plugin for WebSphere 7.0



  1. You mean IBM put out a plugin and they are not charging you for it?

    Comment by Daniel Frey (@dmfrey) — October 10, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    • @dmfrey, yep!

      Comment by Davanum Srinivas — October 10, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

      • Hi have a problem in starting WAS7.0 after doing above steps, I am using helios version of Eclipse, when I try to start the server, the process bar always stuck at 23%, but in actual server is starting completed because I could see ‘java’ process running in ‘Task Manager’ and also I can open admin console, could you please suggest if you have ever faced similar issues.

        Many Thanks

        Comment by ganesh — December 3, 2011 @ 3:04 am

      • I am also facing the same issue as Ganesh did. I have a same problem in starting WAS7.0 through Eclipse helios workbench. After starting server, the process bar always stuck at 23%, on console it show that “Server server1 open for e-business” but doesn’t change the mode of server to ‘Started’ and after 5 minutes, it time outs and change the state of server to ‘Stopped’. I changed the timeout period to 30 minutes. but still get same error.

        Do you know how to fix this problem?

        Comment by ash — February 15, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

      • It’s exactly the same for me. Eclipse is stuck at 23% even if WAS has finished starting. Did you manage to make it work?


        Comment by Philip St-Pierre — February 28, 2012 @ 8:39 am

      • Use WAS 7 Full version, instead of free developer version.

        Comment by Abdoul Cisse — May 13, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  2. But we can not enable JRebel for this WAS 7.0

    Comment by Le Duc Tho — October 10, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

  3. Any chance we’ll see a plugin for WPS7 too?

    Comment by Carsten — October 11, 2011 @ 6:32 am

  4. unfortunatelly it is not working. After trying to install the plugin for WAS 7 I get the error message: The software items you selected may not be valid with your current installation. I am using Ganymede. Does it not work with it? Thanks

    Comment by ciccio — October 21, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    • For both this issue and the one ganesh had ( I think they are the same) you need to ensure that you are using the websphere JRE, or the server will not properly ‘sync’ with the running websphere instance.

      You will need to add the path to your websphere JRE by adding something like this to your eclipse.ini

      C:/Program Files/IBM/WebSphere7/AppServer/java/jre/bin/javaw.exe

      Comment by Jesse — January 18, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

      • That is a vm argument, sorry if that was unclear

        C:/Program Files/IBM/WebSphere7/AppServer/java/jre/bin/javaw.exe

        Comment by Jesse — January 18, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  5. hello, I really appreciate that this plug-in appears, but I have a problem with it, I tried to connect to remote server, but It always show me “stopped” condition.

    Comment by Boris Shestakov — November 8, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  6. Hi srinivas, i dont this is appropriate place for posting my issue or not. sorry if its wrong location. i am facing a serious problem in WAS6.1 server for personal certificcate.

    please read below issue.

    1. we are consuming/calling web service (https), by apache axis 1.4 frame work , by configuring the signer certificate in NodedefaultTrustStore.
    this is working absolutely fine for the past 2 years.

    2. recently we got new requirement to connect SSL based MQ from the WAS6.1 . We received personal certificate (installed on NodeDefaultKeyStore), root,intermediate,actual signers (we installed these 3 on NodeDefaulttrustStore) from our client manager. and we changed to transport chain as MQ secured link, and provided appropriate chiper suite as top in the list.

    Now, the new MQ connectivity is working, but existing web service request is failing. basically, web service request is using the mq personal certificate, which should not happen

    please help us asap..


    Comment by roopa — November 19, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  7. Hi Davanum
    Which eclipse version is compatible with IBM WAS 7.0 eclipse plug in?

    Did you test the plug in with the WAS 7.0?

    Please comment this, thank you.

    Comment by Antoine — January 13, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  8. hi Which eclipse’s version did you tried?

    Comment by Antoine — January 17, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  9. For both Boris Shestakov issue and the one ganesh had ( I think they are the same) you need to ensure that you are using the websphere JRE, or the server will not properly ‘sync’ with the running websphere instance.

    You will need to make sure the VM argument is pointed to your websphere JRE by adding something like this to your eclipse.ini

    C:/Program Files/IBM/WebSphere7/AppServer/java/jre/bin/javaw.exe

    Comment by Jesse — January 19, 2012 @ 9:27 am

  10. I am having the same problem, Ganesh.
    The server starts, but the Eclipse status keep on Starting, with 23% and them I receive a timeout error message.

    Does anyone knows what is the problem?

    Thanks and regards

    Comment by Leonardo — January 23, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  11. Any chance of having the same of websphere 6.1?

    Comment by voodoorider — January 28, 2012 @ 9:26 am

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  13. For those who still experiencing timeout during lugin installation: you can use Off-Line installation mode.
    1. Download the update site content:
    2. in Eclipse go to Install New Software->Add…->Archive…
    3. Point it to the zip file you just downloaded
    4. Give it some name, like WAS8.5 local

    From this point you should be able to install any plugin that comes in this zip.

    Comment by vgarmash — May 15, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  14. hi,
    am getting an issue after installation of Websphere 7.0 on AIX 6.1. The profile directory is not being listed in the Appserver directory. Although i tried to use this command: ./ -create -profileName AppSrv01 -profilePath /usr/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/AppSrv01 -templatePath /usr/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profileTemplates/default -nodeName AppSrv01Node -cellName AppSrv01Cell, am getting error – profile path is not valid.

    please help

    Comment by kamal — June 1, 2012 @ 7:47 am

  15. When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

    Comment by Carlos Silva — July 5, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  16. I tried both ways, First one and suggested by @vgarmash. After doing that, getting below exception.

    Cannot complete the install because one or more required items could not be found.
    Software being installed: WebSphere® Application Server V7.0 Tools 1.0.100.v20120530_1235 ( 1.0.100.v20120530_1235)
    Missing requirement: Faceted Project Creation Wizard 1.0.0.v20120504_2352 ( 1.0.0.v20120504_2352) requires ‘bundle org.eclipse.wst.web.ui [1.1.401,2.0.0)’ but it could not be found
    Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: WTP Extensions 1.0.0.v20120510_1822 ( 1.0.0.v20120510_1822)
    To: [1.0.0.v20120504_2352]
    Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Java EE Development Tools 1.0.0.v20120518_0513 ( 1.0.0.v20120518_0513)
    To: 1.0.0
    Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: WebSphere® Application Server V7.0 Tools 1.0.100.v20120530_1235 ( 1.0.100.v20120530_1235)
    To: 1.0.0

    Any thought????

    Jaikrat Singh

    Comment by Jaikrat — July 11, 2012 @ 4:33 am

  17. hi i am using RAD8 with WAS6.1 plugin. when i tried to change the .eclipse to point to the WAS6 jre, RAD8 had issues coming up. it said something like java not responding. brought it up anyway, but first think i noticed was that it said JSP editor not found.

    Comment by prasad — July 31, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  18. I too was facing the same problem. But at
    here i found good explanation.

    Comment by Ankit — August 9, 2012 @ 3:50 am

  19. I have experienced the same issue where I am running Eclipse Juno 4.2 SR2 with WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Developer Tools. I tried to run websphere 7 and it stucks at 23%. I tried the solutions mentioned above with IBM jre on the path but that does not work for me. However, I get it to work when I uninstall WAS 7.0 Test environment version v7.0.0.29 and then re-install v7.0.0.17. My assumption is that the plugin does not work with any versions greater than v7.0.0.17.

    Comment by beecom — September 17, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

  20. I have installed the WAS7.0 through the update site and I was able to see the was7 server when am adding it as new server. But after adding the new server –> need to provide the installation path which I dont have. Where to find the plugin installed installation directory. Thanks

    Comment by KVKK — December 1, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

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