You can export extended data source and extension mapping documents to a file that is in an ISX format by using the istool export command.


With this command, you can export all properties of extended data sources and extension mapping documents except images and collections. Relationships to other assets are maintained. You can specify the number of assets to group together into a single XMI file. The final ISX export file is comprised of all XMI files that were generated by this command.

Use this command to export extended data sources and extension mapping documents from IBM® InfoSphere® Metadata Workbench, Version 8.7.x or 9.1.x, to IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog, Version 11.3.1 and later. You can also use this command to export these asset types from other instances of InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog, or when you want to schedule an export.

When extension mapping documents are migrated by ISX, the identity of the mapping sources and targets is taken from their internal ID on the source system. The internal ID from the source system is preserved in assets when the assets are migrated by using ISX. This internal ID is not preserved in other import or export methods, or if the assets are created independently.
Important: When using ISX migration for extension mapping documents, ALL source and target assets in the mapping rows MUST be migrated by using the ISX method. For details, see this technote.


To run this command on a server with InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog, you must have the Information Governance Catalog Information Assets Administrator role.

To export data from earlier versions of InfoSphere Metadata Workbench, you must have the Metadata Workbench Administrator role on the server where they are installed.

IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog must be installed on the same server as IBM WebSphere® Application Server.

The version of istool command framework must be the same version as InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog.

Run the command from the engine or the client tier where InfoSphere Metadata Workbench or InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog is installed.

The preferred way to run this command is in the istool command-line window. If you run this command in your operating system command-line window or in scripts, you must add istool to the command name.

Command syntax

Optional parameters and optional values in the syntax are enclosed in brackets [ ].
[generic_parameters] -archive 
path_name_for export_file
[-maxArchiveSize number_of_megabytes]
[-update ]
-informationgovernancecatalog 'type_to_export [-batch export_assets_together]'


authentication parameters
Required. All asset interchange commands use authentication parameters to connect to a specific installation of InfoSphere Information Server.
generic parameters
The generic parameters are available to all asset interchange commands. Use the generic parameters to request help on command syntax, to specify silent or verbose operation, and to use a script to run commands.
-archive | -ar path_name_for export_file.isx

Specifies the file path and file name of the exported file. You must have read and write access to path_name_for export_file.isx.

-maxArchiveSize | -mas number_of_megabytes
For enhanced export and import performance, creates additional archive files when the size of the export file exceeds the specified number of megabytes. For example, if you specify 500 and the total size of the export is 1,300 MB, two additional archive files are created.
Each additional archive file is named with the name that you specify as a value for the -archive parameter, followed by an underscore and a sequential number. For example if you specify the file name myArchive.isx and two additional archives are created, the additional archives are named myArchive_1.isx and myArchive_2.isx.
When you import the exported archive files, if you specify the first archive file in the import command, for example myArchive.isx, all additional files are automatically imported. However, if you specify a subsequent file, for example, myArchive_1.isx, only that file is imported.
-update | -up
Updates the existing ISX file that is used in the -archive command parameter.
-informationgovernancecatalog | -igc 'type_to_export -batch export_assets_together'
Exports specified asset types and can collect a specified number of assets into an XMI file.
The parameter value type_to_export indicates the type of asset to export. Separate a list of values by using a comma (,).
Export this type of asset Value of type_to_export
All extended data sources /*.eds
All extension mapping documents /*/*.emd
All extended data sources and all extension mapping documents /*.eds, /*/*.emd
Only applications of type extended data source assets /*.apl
Only stored procedure definitions of type extended data source assets /*.spd
Only files of type extended data source assets /*.exf
The parameter batch groups export_assets_together number of assets into an XMI file. If you do not specify a value for this parameter, 50 assets are in each XMI file. Use this parameter to improve performance of the istool import command.


A file in the ISX format is created and contains the extended data source or the extension mapping document assets.


The following command exports all extended data sources and extension mapping documents to the archive file allEDSandEMD.isx, and creates additional archive files if the file size exceeds 100 megabytes. By default, 50 assets are grouped into a single XMI file.
export -dom localhost -u USER -p PASSWORD -igc '/*.apl' 
-ar c:\archive\allEDSandEMD.isx -maxArchiveSize 100

The following command exports all assets and child assets of extended data source assets of type application to an archive file named allEDS.isx. Twenty assets are grouped into a single XMI file.
export –dom localhost –u USER –p PASSWORD –igc ‘/*.apl -batch 20’ 
–ar c:\archive\allEDS.isx

The following command exports all application assets of type extended data source to update an existing archive file named allApps.isx:
export –dom localhost –u USER –p PASSWORD –igc ‘/*.apl’ -up 
–ar c:\archive\allApps.isx
The following command exports all directories and subdirectories of extension mapping documents to an archive file named allEMD.isx.
export –dom localhost –u USER –p PASSWORD –igc ‘/*/*.emd’ 
–ar c:\archive\allEMD.isx

The following command exports only those extension mapping documents whose name starts with myMap in the directory myFolder and its subdirectories to an archive file named myEMD.isx.
export –dom localhost –u USER –p PASSWORD –igc ‘/*/myFolder/myMap*.emd’ 
–ar c:\archive\myEMD.isx