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IBM i technical resources roadmap

There’s an abundance of technical information about IBM i available and it can be a bit overwhelming for new and seasoned users alike. The purpose of this roadmap, which was pulled together by IBM i subject matter experts, is to help users who want to learn about IBM i but don’t know where to start.

To make it even easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve organized the resources into these three categories:

Develop on IBM i

Links to the tools, services, trials, and downloads you need for developing on and managing IBM i.

Technology updates

Tools and services

Trials and downloads

  • IBM Rational Developer for i
    Download IBM Rational Developer for i for an evaluation period of 60 days (120 days if installing with the latest fixpack).

  • Open Source RPG User Interface
    Free, open source and light weight framework for RPG developers on the IBM i to use for building modern looking applications.

Learn about IBM i

Start here to get up to speed on working with IBM i.

  • IBM i technical library
    List of articles and tutorials written by IBM i subject matter experts.

  • IBM i 7.3 product documentation
    IBM Knowledge Center information about how to install, maintain, and use the latest version of IBM i.

  • Guide to IBM i PTFs
    Learn about the various methods for downloading or ordering program temporary fixes (PTFs) to help you find the best method for you.

  • IBM i Support: Recommended fixes
    Get the latest fix information directly from the IBM i Support Center without a telephone call. Locate the fix for a specific problem or obtain the latest fixes.

IBM Redbooks and Redpapers

IBM i Support

IBM i upgrade resources

  • Upgrade planning
    Learn to plan future solutions as you enhance, upgrade or replace your servers with new operating system releases and/or hardware offerings.

  • IBM i 7.2 memo to users
    Helps you to prepare for changes on your current system and to use the IBM i 7.2 release.

  • IBM i 7.3 memo to users
    Helps you to prepare for changes on your current system and to use the IBM i 7.3 release.

IBM i technical white papers

Connect with the IBM i community

Collaborate with other IBM i users. Join the community, share your expertise, and get support from the experts.

Communities and user groups

  • IBM i community
    A collaborative environment for sharing technical information related to IBM i.

  • IBM i Open Source Aggregation
    Community for aggregating all things IBM i Open Source so users can easily find what is going on.

  • midrangeWiki
    Community created knowledge base for all things IBM i.



  • i Can
    Technical tips and techniques from IBM i technical expert, Dawn May.

  • You and i
    IBM i trends and strategies from IBM i Chief Architect, Steve Will.

  • DB2 for i
    Insight and perspectives on data management using IBM i

Linda Alkire
Scott Forstie