Working with existing Db2 copies

You can install and run multiple Db2 copies on the same computer. Each Db2 copy can either be at the same Db2 database product level or at a different Db2 database product level.

About this task


  • On Linux® and UNIX, non-root installations allow only one Db2 copy for each valid non-root user.
  • On Windows, no other Db2 database product can be installed in the same path if either of the following products is already installed:
    • IBM® Data Server Runtime Client
    • IBM Data Server Driver Package


  1. When you start the Db2 Launchpad, it will display the available products that you can install.
    You can install a new Db2 copy or work with an existing Db2 copy.
    Note: Add-on products are always installed using the Work with Existing option.
  2. Click Work with Existing.
    The Work with Existing window opens and displays the existing Db2 copies on your system and the possible operations that can be performed. Possible operations include:
    • Install
    • Add new function
    • Update (Windows only). Use this option to apply fix packs.
    • Upgrade (Windows only). Use this option to upgrade your Db2 database product to a new release.
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