Setting repository preferences in IBM Installation Manager

When you start the installation of the product from the launchpad program, the location of the repository that contains the product package you are installing is automatically defined in IBM® Installation Manager when it starts. However, if you start IBM Installation Manager directly (for example, installing the product from a repository located on a Web server) then you must specify the repository preference (the URL for the directory that contains the product package) in IBM Installation Manager before you can install the product package. Specify these repository locations on the Repositories page of the Preferences window. By default, IBM Installation Manager uses an embedded URL in each Rational® software development product to connect to a repository server through the Internet and search for installable packages and new features. Your organization may require you to redirect the repository to use intranet sites.

Before you begin

Before starting the installation process, be sure to obtain the installation package repository URL from your administrator.

About this task

To add, edit, or remove a repository location in IBM Installation Manager:


  1. Start IBM Installation Manager.
  2. On the Start page of IBM Installation Manager, click File > Preferences, and then click Repositories. The Repositories page opens, showing any available repositories, their locations, and whether they are accessible.
  3. On the Repositories page, click Add Repository.
  4. In the Add repository window, type the URL of the repository location or browse to it and set a file path.
  5. Click OK. If you provided an HTTPS or restricted FTP repository location, then you will be prompted to enter a user ID and password. The new or changed repository location is listed. If the repository is not accessible, a red x is displayed in the Connection column.
    Note: Updates to packages can be stored in service repositories, for example IBM support sites or local update repositories, which might be linked to the repositories you have listed in the previous procedure. To search for updated packages in these linked service repositories, make sure Search service repositories during installation and updates is selected. This option is selected by default.
  6. Click OK to exit.