Logging in to Admin Center

After the Admin Center web application starts, you can point a web browser at Admin Center and log in. After you log in, the first page that is shown is the Toolbox.

Access to Admin Center is supported only when the access comes directly from a browser. Access through an HTTP proxy server, such as IBM HTTP Server, is not supported.

Open LibertyIn version and later, see the Open Liberty website for Admin Center documentation.

Before you begin

Ensure that you have a browser that supports Admin Center.

  • For browsing Admin Center on a computer: Firefox EMC Symmetrix for R 38 or 45, Chrome 49 or 50, Safari 9, Microsoft Edge 20 or Internet Explorer 11 browser (for best experience, use Chrome or Firefox browser)
  • For browsing Admin Center on an iPhone or iPad: Safari browser on iOS 9.x
  • For browsing Admin Center on an Android mobile device: Chrome browser on Android 5.0 Lollipop and 4.4 KitKat


  1. Point a web browser at Admin Center.

    For host_name, specify the IP address or domain name system (DNS) hostname of the computer on which the Liberty server is running. Specify localhost only if the browser is running on the same computer as the server.

    For port_number, specify the httpsPort value in the server.xml file, as shown in the following example:

  2. If your browser prompts you to confirm that the connection is trusted, specify an exception or otherwise enable the connection to continue to Admin Center.
  3. Log in to Admin Center.

    When you configured the server.xml file of the server to enable Admin Center, you defined one or more usernames and passwords that are authorized to access the Admin Center. To log in to Admin Center, specify an authorized username and password.

    For example, specify the username admin and the password adminpwd.

What to do next

When you first access the Toolbox, it has the Server Config and Explore tools and a bookmark to openliberty.io. The Toolbox also has the Deploy tool if Admin Center is run on a collective controller. The Deploy tool is not available if Admin Center is run on a stand-alone server.

The Toolbox has the Java Batch tool if the configuration file for the server that runs Admin Center has the batchManagement-1.0 feature.

An example screen image of The Toolbox menu contains options for Deploy, Java Batch, Server Config, Explore, and wasdev/net

To add or remove tools and bookmarks, select Edit Toolbox Edit icon and use the Tool Catalog to customize your user-specific Toolbox.

To view a tool, select its Toolbox icon or directly start the tool by using the URL that is shown in the browser when you view the tool. For example, to directly start the Explore tool, use a URL such as https://localhost:9443/adminCenter/#explore.

Later, to log out of Admin Center, select User User icon > Log out user_name.