Introduction: Administrative scripting (wsadmin)

The WebSphere administrative (wsadmin) scripting program is a powerful, non-graphical command interpreter environment enabling you to run administrative operations in a scripting language.

About this task

The wsadmin tool is intended for production environments and unattended operations. You can use the wsadmin tool to perform the same tasks that you can perform using the administrative console.

The following list highlights the topics and tasks available with scripting:


  • Getting started with scripting
    Provides an introduction to WebSphere® Application Server scripting and information about using the wsadmin tool. Topics include information about the scripting languages and the scripting objects, and instructions for starting the wsadmin tool.
  • Using the Jython script library
    The script library provides Jython script procedures to assist in automating your environment. Use the sample scripts to manage applications, resources, servers, nodes, and clusters. You can also use the script procedures as examples to learn the Jython syntax.
  • Deploying applications
    Provides instructions for deploying and uninstalling applications. For example, stand-alone Java archive files and web application archive (WAR) files, the administrative console, remote enterprise archive (EAR) files, file transfer applications, and so on.
  • Managing deployed applications
    Includes tasks that you perform after the application is deployed. For example, starting and stopping applications, checking status, modifying listener address ports, querying application state, configuring a shared library, and so on.
  • Configuring servers
    Provides instructions for configuring servers, such as creating a server, modifying and restarting the server, configuring the Java virtual machine, disabling a component, disabling a service, and so on.
  • Configuring connections to web servers
    Includes topics such as regenerating the plug-in, creating new virtual host templates, modifying virtual hosts, and so on.
  • Managing servers
    Includes tasks that you use to manage servers. For example, stopping nodes, starting and stopping servers, querying a server state, starting a listener port, and so on.
  • Clustering servers
    Includes topics about clusters, such as creating clusters, creating cluster members, querying a cluster state, removing clusters, and so on.
  • Configuring security
    Includes security tasks such as enabling and disabling security.
  • Configuring data access
    Includes topics such as configuring a Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) provider, defining a data source, configuring connection pools, and so on.
  • Configuring messaging
    Includes topics about messaging, such as Java Message Service (JMS) connection, JMS provider, WebSphere queue connection factory, MQ topics, and so on.
  • Configuring mail, URLs, and resource environment entries
    Includes topics such as mail providers, mail sessions, protocols, resource environment providers, referenceables, URL providers, URLs, and so on.
  • Dynamic caching
    Includes caching topics, for example, creating, viewing and modifying a cache instance.
  • Troubleshooting
    Provides information about how to troubleshoot using scripting. For example, tracing, thread dumps, profiles, and so on.
  • Obtaining product information
    Includes tasks such as querying the product identification.
  • Scripting reference material
    Includes all of the reference material related to scripting. Topics include the syntax for the wsadmin tool and for the administrative command framework, explanations and examples for all of the scripting object commands, the scripting properties, and so on.