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How to Download MQ Client




If you want to develop applications that communicate with IBM MQ queue managers, you need to install MQ client libraries on your system. In this article, we will explain what MQ client is, what are its features and benefits, what are some alternatives to it, and how to download and install it on different platforms. We will also show you how to test the connectivity between your MQ client and the queue manager.


What is MQ Client?




An MQ client is a component of the IBM MQ product that can be installed on a system where no queue manager runs. It allows an application running on the same system as the client to connect to a queue manager running on another system, using a communication protocol such as TCP/IP or HTTP. The application can then send and receive messages from the queue manager, using the MQI (Message Queue Interface) API or other APIs and protocols supported by IBM MQ.




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MQ Client Features and Benefits




Some of the main features and benefits of using MQ client are:


  • There are no direct connections between applications. The communication is indirect, through messages that are stored on queues owned by the queue manager.



  • The communication is independent of time. The applications do not have to wait for each other or be available at the same time. The messages are retained by the queue manager until they are processed by the receiving application.



  • The applications can be decoupled and distributed across different systems, platforms, and networks. This increases scalability, reliability, and flexibility.



  • The applications can assign a priority to a message, and the queue manager can deliver the messages according to their priority.



  • The communication is secure and reliable. The queue manager can encrypt, authenticate, and authorize the messages, and ensure their integrity and delivery.



  • The communication can be driven by events. The applications can use triggers, subscriptions, or notifications to react to changes in the message flow.



MQ Client Alternatives




There are other products and technologies that offer similar functionality as MQ client, such as:


  • RabbitMQ: An open-source message broker that supports multiple messaging protocols, such as AMQP, MQTT, STOMP, and HTTP.



  • Kafka: An open-source distributed streaming platform that can handle high-volume data ingestion and processing.



  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub: A cloud-based service that provides scalable and reliable messaging and event streaming.



  • Amazon SQS: A cloud-based service that provides a fully managed message queue service.



  • Azure Service Bus: A cloud-based service that provides a reliable and secure message broker service.



How to Install MQ Client on Different Platforms




In this section, we will show you how to download and install MQ client on Windows, Linux, and MacOS systems. You can also use Docker containers or IBM Cloud services to run MQ client applications.


Windows




Prerequisites




To install MQ client on Windows, you need to:


  • Have an IBMid account. You can create one .



  • Have administrator privileges on your system.



  • Have access to the IBM MQ installation image. You can download it from .



Steps




To install MQ client on Windows, follow these steps:


  • Locate setup.exe in the Windows directory of the IBM MQ installation image. For example, C:\instmqs\Windows\setup.exe.Double-click setup.exe to launch the IBM MQ installation wizard.



  • On the welcome screen, click Next.



  • On the license agreement screen, read the terms and conditions, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and click Next.



  • On the installation type screen, select Custom installation, and click Next.



  • On the component selection screen, expand IBM MQ Clients, and select IBM MQ Client for Windows. You can also select other components that you need, such as IBM MQ Explorer or IBM MQ Java Client. Click Next.



  • On the destination folder screen, choose a location where you want to install MQ client, or accept the default location. Click Next.



  • On the pre-installation summary screen, review your selections, and click Install.



  • Wait for the installation to complete, and click Finish.



Linux




Prerequisites




To install MQ client on Linux, you need to:


  • Have an IBMid account. You can create one .



  • Have root privileges on your system.



  • Have access to the IBM MQ installation image. You can download it from .



Steps




To install MQ client on Linux, follow these steps:


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  • Locate mqlicense.sh in the Linux directory of the IBM MQ installation image. For example, /instmqs/Linux/mqlicense.sh.



  • Run mqlicense.sh as root to accept the license agreement. For example, sudo sh mqlicense.sh -accept.



  • Locate MQSeriesClient-*.rpm in the Linux directory of the IBM MQ installation image. For example, /instmqs/Linux/MQSeriesClient-9.2.0-0.x86_64.rpm.



  • Install MQ client using the rpm command as root. For example, sudo rpm -ivh MQSeriesClient-9.2.0-0.x86_64.rpm.



  • You can also install other components that you need, such as MQSeriesExplorer or MQSeriesJava. For example, sudo rpm -ivh MQSeriesExplorer-9.2.0-0.x86_64.rpm.



MacOS




Prerequisites




To install MQ client on MacOS, you need to:


  • Have an IBMid account. You can create one .



  • Have administrator privileges on your system.



  • Have access to the IBM MQ installation image. You can download it from .



Steps




To install MQ client on MacOS, follow these steps:


  • Locate mqclient.dmg in the MacOS directory of the IBM MQ installation image. For example, /instmqs/MacOS/mqclient.dmg.



  • Double-click mqclient.dmg to mount it as a volume.



  • Navigate to the mounted volume, and double-click mqclient.pkg to launch the IBM MQ installation wizard.



  • On the welcome screen, click Continue.



  • On the license agreement screen, read the terms and conditions, click Continue, and click Agree.



  • On the installation type screen, select Customize if you want to change the default components or location of installation. Otherwise, click Install.



  • Enter your administrator password when prompted, and click Install Software.



  • Wait for the installation to complete, and click Close.



How to Test MQ Client Connectivity




In this section, we will show you how to test the connectivity between your MQ client and a queue manager using two methods: using MQ Explorer and using MQ command line interface (MQ CLI).


Using MQ Explorer




MQ Explorer is a graphical tool that allows you to manage and monitor IBM MQ resources. You can use it to connect to a queue manager and perform various tasks such as creating queues, sending and receiving messages, setting permissions, and viewing statistics. To use MQ Explorer, you need to have it installed on your system as part of the IBM MQ client installation.


To test the connectivi


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