Using the development environment

Use the development environment on Linux® or Windows to develop your message flows.

Before you begin

Install the IBM® Integration Toolkit; see Installing IBM Integration Bus software. The installation creates a default development environment.

About this task

To start using your development environment, complete the following steps:


  1. Start the IBM Integration Toolkit in the following way:
    • Linux platformFrom the installation directory, for example $HOME/iib-, type the following text:

      ./iib toolkit

    • Windows platform
      Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
      From the Windows Start menu, click Start > All Programs > IBM Integration Bus 10.1.0.n > IBM Integration Toolkit 10.1.0.n.
      Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
      From the Apps panel, search for IBM Integration Toolkit 10.1.0.n.
      Windows 10
      From the Windows Start menu, select IBM Integration Toolkit 10.1.0.n, or search for IBM Integration Toolkit 10.1.0.n in the Search box and then select it.

    Your IBM Integration Toolkit session opens, and displays the Welcome page. You can tailor various settings in the IBM Integration Toolkit to suit your requirements and your working environment; for example, the colors and fonts. These options are described in Configuring the IBM Integration Toolkit.

  2. Close the Welcome page.
    You can return to the Welcome page later by clicking Help > Welcome. If more than one option is listed, select IBM Integration Bus.
  3. In the Integration Development perspective, select the Integration Nodes view. Alternatively, click Window > Show View > Other > Integration Development > Integration Nodes to show the Integration Nodes view.
    A default integration node that is named TESTNODE_user_name is created for you.
  4. If you want to create your own integration node, see Creating an integration node by using the IBM Integration Toolkit:
  5. You must have at least one integration server on your integration node. One is created for you
    To add additional integration servers to your integration node, right-click the integration node, and click New > Integration Server. Enter a name for your integration server, and click OK.

    The integration server is the runtime environment in which your message flows run. You can create many integration servers on a single integration node, and you can deploy your message flows to one or more integration servers on one or more integration nodes.

    For more detailed instructions about this task, see Creating an integration server by using the IBM Integration Toolkit.


Your configuration is now ready to use.

What to do next

You can start to develop resources to deploy to your integration node. You can create your own message flows, or you can use the patterns and samples that are provided to get you started. For details of these options, see Developing integration solutions.

This task has covered the minimum set of steps that you must complete to create an integration node and configure your development environment. Typically, as an application developer, you are working in a single platform environment to create, deploy, and test your message flows before they are ready for use in a test of production environment.

More options are available for enhanced configurations, including configurable services. When the requirements of your message flows extend beyond this basic configuration, and you need additional configuration to support those requirements, you can find details of these more advanced options in Configuring integration nodes for test and production environments.