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IBM CICS Transaction Server build toolkit



The IBM CICS Transaction Server build toolkit provides a command-line interface for automating the building of CICS projects created using CICS Explorer.

Download Description

The CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) build toolkit supports in-service releases of CICS TS for z/OS, up to version 6.1. This latest update is release 5.5.23, dated June 17, 2022.

The CICS TS build toolkit provides a command line interface for build automation of CICS projects, such as CICS bundles, CICS applications, CICS application bindings, and CICS platforms. It also supports projects that are referenced by CICS bundles, including OSGi applications, OSGi bundles, enterprise applications, and web projects, and can take pre-built OSGi bundles and IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty applications as input.

Build automation
In a continuous integration environment, a build script runs automatically when a developer checks-in updates to their application. The script checks-out the latest application from source control, then calls the CICS TS build toolkit to build the projects that form the application. The script checks the result of the build for errors and, if appropriate, copies the built projects to a suitable location, such as an artefact repository or a staging area on zFS.

Variable substitution
To facilitate the deployment of the same application to different environments (for example, development, quality assurance, and production), you can use the CICS TS build toolkit to resolve variables in CICS bundles. A script typically uses the built projects together with a properties file that defines values for variables in the target environment.

Feedback about the CICS TS build toolkit, or questions about how to use it to automate building CICS applications can be sent to dW Answers. Remember to include "CICS" in the tags.

Skill level required
A build engineer with a good understanding of command line and scripting tools.


  • June 17, 2022: Updated to release 5.5.23, in support of the general availability of CICS TS 6.1.
  • February 8, 2021: Updated to release 5.4.19 (Aqua 3.1), in support of APAR IJ30754


Refer to the readme.txt file in the download zip file.

Download Package

To download:

  1. Click on the HTTP link below and save the compressed file to your local machine.
  2. Extract the saved file to a temporary directory on your target machine. This will create the necessary installation files.
  3. Follow the instructions in the supplied readme.txt file to complete installation.

Descriptions of the command line options and examples are in the CICS documentation, under topic CICS application build automation with the CICS build toolkit.

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Technical Support

The CICS TS build toolkit (the "Program") is available at no charge to all licensed users of the IBM Program(s) specified in the Limited Use Program clause of the accompanying IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) (the "Parent Program"). The Program is supplied under the standard terms and conditions of the IPLA and of the associated License Information and other documentation, and provides a defect correction entitlement for those licensed users entitled to service for the Parent Program. Service is available for the Program for as long as the Parent Program is generally supported by IBM. In addition, IBM reserves the right to discontinue service on the Program when it is withdrawn from marketing by IBM.

Please read the license file that accompanies the Program, to determine if you want to use it.

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Product Synonym

CICS/TS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2022