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ODBC Driver for IBM i Access Client Solutions

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How do I get the ODBC driver for IBM i Access Client Solutions?


IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) is split into two main parts. The base package component is the Java-based client that includes the emulator, data transfer, and other functions with graphical interfaces. The other parts are the platform-specific packages they are:  the Windows Application Package, the Linux Application Package, and the macOS Application Package.

The Windows Application Package component contains the ODBC driver, OLEDB provider, ADO.Net provider, ActiveX components, and API support ported from the older IBM i Access for Windows client.

The Linux and macOS Application Packages provide an ODBC driver that works with the unixODBC project. This product replaces the older Linux client with a new and greatly improved ODBC driver.

Note: At the time of this writing, MS Excel for Mac does not integrate with the required unixODBC driver manager.

Technique #1: Use public RPM repositories (IBM i and Linux only)

See the open source documentation site for more details.

Technique #2: Download from IBM website

The 'Downloads for IBM i Access Client Solutions' link on the IBM ACS home page provides a simple way to download clients.  Including the base client, the Linux and macOS ODBC driver packages, and the Windows Application Package for English 64-bit systems:


Accessing the downloads does require an user ID and password.

To get other Windows languages or an installation image for a 32-bit Windows system, download them through IBM's Entitled Systems Support (ESS) or request the product from your IBM Business Partner.  For more information about downloading the clients from ESS, see the instructions in technote, Obtaining IBM i Access Client Solutions.

The IBM ACS ODBC driver is designed to access all currently supported versions of IBM i.

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Modified date:
27 October 2022