How Do I Start WebSphere Web Server?


Larry Thompson

Starting the WebSphere Web Server is an essential step in getting your web applications up and running. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of starting the WebSphere Web Server.

Step 1: Locate the WebSphere Installation Directory

Before starting the server, you need to locate the installation directory of WebSphere. By default, it is usually found in /opt/IBM/WebSphere on Unix-based systems or C:\IBM\WebSphere on Windows.

Step 2: Open a Command Prompt or Terminal

To start the server, you need to open a command prompt or terminal window. On Windows, press Win + R, type cmd, and hit Enter. On Unix-based systems, press Ctrl + Alt + T.

Step 3: Change to the WebSphere Bin Directory

In the command prompt or terminal window, navigate to the bin directory inside your WebSphere installation directory using the cd command. For example:

  • cd /opt/IBM/WebSphere/bin (Unix-based)
  • cd C:\IBM\WebSphere\bin (Windows)

Step 4: Start the Web Server

To start the WebSphere web server, execute the following command:

  • / server_name -profileName profile_name (Unix-based)
  • \startServer.bat server_name -profileName profile_name (Windows)

Note: Replace server_name with the name of your server, such as “server1”, and profile_name with the name of your profile.

Step 5: Verify the Server Startup

Once you have executed the start command, you can verify if the server has started successfully. Open your web browser and enter the following URL:

  • http://localhost:port_number/

Note: Replace port_number with the port number on which your WebSphere web server is configured to run (default is 9080).


If you encounter any issues during server startup, here are a few common troubleshooting steps:

  • Check Logs: Examine the log files located in the logs directory of your WebSphere installation for any error or exception messages.
  • Verify Configuration: Double-check that your server configuration files are correctly set up.
  • Check Port Availability: Ensure that the port number used by your web server is not being used by another application.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to start a WebSphere Web Server. Now you can deploy and access your web applications using this powerful server.

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