How do I download my DB2 license from Passport Advantage

Technote (FAQ)


Each DB2 database product has its own license key. If you purchased a DB2 V10.5, V10.1, V9.8, V9.7, V9.5, V9.1 product then you can obtain license key from Passport Advantage. Follow the steps to download your license.


Starting with DB2 Version 9.1, the license file for DB2 products is shipped separately in a file called the Activation key. This is done for convenience so that downloading the license file takes less time due to its small size.


This is an example of how to obtain the activation key for your DB2 product. The Activation key part numbers for DB2 products are located in the following technotes:

DB2 10.5 - Activation part numbers
DB2 10.1 - Activation part numbers
DB2 9.8 - Activation part numbers
DB2 9.7 - Activation part numbers
DB2 9.5 - Activation part numbers
DB2 9.1 - Activation part numbers

These instruction also apply for downloading any DB2 product from Passport Advantage. Refer to the following technotes for identifying any DB2 product part number by version:

IBM DB2 Version 10.5 for Linux, Unix, and Windows
IBM DB2 Version 10.1 for Linux, Unix, and Windows
IBM DB2 Version 9.7 for Linux, Unix, and Windows

Contact the Passport Advantage e-Customer Care team for assistance if you encounter problems.
Read the How to purchase your license technote if you need to purchase a DB2 license.

For further discussion on this topic, visit this developerWorks forum thread:


STEP #1:
a. Start by viewing the IBM Passport Advantage Online customer sign in page:
b. Click on the "Customer Sign In" button

STEP #2:
Type in your IBM ID and password for your Passport Advantage account.

Select the “Software download & media access” link.

Select the "I Agree" radio button.
Click the Continue button

Choose the download finder option.

Click on “Find by description or part number”

a. Select the "Part Number" radio button.
b. Enter the part number. (CIPG5ML is only an example)
c. Click the “Continue” button

d. Verify package name and click on the “Download" button to begin the download.

e. Select your preferred download method and agree to the terms and conditions.

Note: In the event Download Director fails due to browser security settings, the HTTP method is recommended as a workaround.

The download is complete when showing 100%
Close the download director window.

Next Steps:
  1. Extract the license file.
    The license key is found in the /db2/license directory of the downloaded Activation file.
  2. Apply the license to your product.
    Applying a license key is also referred to as registering the license key or adding a license. Refer to the Registering a DB2 database product or feature license key using the db2licm command reference page in the information center for details.

For further discussion on this topic, visit this developerWorks forum thread:

Related information

Passport Advantage
Registering a DB2 database product or feature license k

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Information Management DB2 Connect AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 9.7, 9.5, 9.1, 10.1

Document information

More support for:

DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
Installation - Licensing

Software version:

9.1, 9.5, 9.7, 9.8, 10.1, 10.5

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

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