Installing the stand-alone IBM MQ Explorer on Windows

On Windows, you can install the stand-alone IBM® MQ Explorer by using the graphical user interface. Alternatively, you can perform either a silent or a console installation.

Before you begin

The stand-alone install image for IBM MQ Explorer is not currently supported on Windows Server 2019. For Windows Server 2019, install IBM MQ Explorer as part of the main IBM MQ product installation (see Installing and uninstalling IBM MQ on Windows).

Before you install the stand-alone IBM MQ Explorer, review the requirements information in IBM MQ Explorer installation requirements.

If you already have a previous version of IBM MQ Explorer installed, uninstall that version before proceeding with the installation of the new version.

About this task

After downloading the stand-alone IBM MQ Explorer from Fix Central and uncompressing the files, you can install IBM MQ Explorer in any of the following ways:
  • By using the installation wizard.
  • By installing silently, using a response file.
  • By performing a console (text-based) installation.
If you require an accessible version of the installer, then use the silent install mode to carry out the installation. A response file is used to configure a silent installation. An example response file, silent_install.resp is provided in the same directory as the IBM MQ Explorer Setup program. You can modify this example file as required by using a text editor.
Note: If you silently install the stand-alone IBM MQ Explorer on a Windows system with User Account Control (UAC) enabled, you must also remove it silently and not by using Programs and Features in the Control Panel.


  1. Download the Windows version of the stand-alone IBM MQ Explorer.

    Follow this link to Fix Central and select the Windows version of the download package.

  2. Create an installation directory on the target machine.
  3. Uncompress the .zip file that you downloaded, for example,, to this directory.
  4. Install IBM MQ Explorer.
    You can install in any of the following ways:
    • To install by using the installation wizard:
      1. Double-click Setup.exe and follow the onscreen instructions.
      2. Launch IBM MQ Explorer either by using the Start Menu entry, or by using the MQExplorer executable file in the installation directory.
    • To install silently, using a response file:
      1. Use a text editor to modify the example response file, silent_install.resp, as required. Make your changes in line with the comments in the file.
        Note: Before performing a silent install, the LICENSE_ACCEPTED property in the response file must be sent to TRUE to indicate that you agree to the terms of the product license. (The license can be found in the license folder of the product .zip file).
      2. Launch the silent install by using the following command:
        Setup.exe -f silent_install.resp
      The installation then proceeds without any feedback.
    • To perform a console (text-based) installation, launch the installer by using the following command:
      Setup.exe -i console