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IBM i Open Source Aggregation

This is a publicly editable wiki. Please add links to categories below. This is for aggregating all things IBM i Open Source so we can easily find what is going on.

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Open Source Delivered by IBM

IBM provides licensed program 5733OPS which includes many options and it is how they deliver open source that's been ported by them (i.e. Node.js, IBM i Chroot, Python, Orion, Git, etc).

IBM Requests For Enhancements (RFE)

The following are Requests For Enhancements (RFE) from the community for IBM i Open Source Software. Please go and review and vote.

Submitted via IBM's RFE: Click here for all PASE RFEs.

Submitted via COMMON:

IBM i Open Source Repos (alphabetical)

IBM i Open Source falls into two broad categories: PASE based, Linux-like software, and QSYS.LIB based, RPG-like software.

  • activerecord-jdbcas400-adapter - JRuby ActiveRecord DB2 for i Adapter
  • api2.py - helper modules for iSeriesPython, primarily to make working with IBM system APIs easier
  • appserver4rpg - Application Server to make Java Components available for IBM i RPG programs, runs on IBM i or any other Java platform. Packaged with ArdGate to access any JDBC database using all native SQL interfaces from IBM i
  • base64 - Base64 Encode/Decode for ILE RPG
  • bluepkg - IBM i package manager
  • cartridge_info - A SQL user defined table function to get the details for cartridges in a tape library
  • COMMON - COMMON Open Source Solutions
  • cpytoxlsf.py - iSeriesPython utility to copy physical files to Excel workbooks
  • crtfrmstmf - Compile source from IFS for commands that do not support stream files
  • crtmipgm - Create Machine Interface Program
  • ctagsrpgle - Create ctags compatible files for RPG/ILE, which can be used to quickly navigate source files
  • cvtrpgfree - Automate conversion of fixed-format RPG to fully free-form
  • db2get - Use DB2 to download files from the web
  • db2sock - PASE DB2 CLI asynchronous API driver (libdb400.a)
  • db2util - Goal is PASE DB2 CLI command line interface driver (libdb400.a).
  • docmd - Allows you to process the same command across a group of objects
  • FFEDIT - Simple source code editor for IBM i
  • FTPCLNT - FTP client for IBM i
  • FTP Guard - FTP security for IBM i
  • Giti - Git client for 5250
  • ibm_db for Python - API description for the driver
  • ibmichroot - Delivered as 5733OPS option 3. YUM support is coming.
  • ibmidash - Node.js dashboard web app demonstrating DB2 for i Service usage
  • ibmiperzl - Before IBM i Chroot there was IBM i Perzl
  • ibmitoolkit - PHP XMLSERVICE wrapper
  • ibm-i-enhanced - Adds the AIX functionalities to IBM i
  • iiesc - IBM i external storage calculator
  • ILEDocs - Tool which helps software developers to document their programs in a convenient way
  • ILEUnit - ILE unit testing framework
  • image_catalog_details - A SQL user defined table function to get the details for an image catalog
  • iseries_python27 - Source code for independent (non-IBM) port of Python to QSYS.LIB (see iSeriesPython)
  • iSphere - RDi plug-in with enhanced search and many other features.
  • iRPGEditor - Graphical RPG source editor
  • iToolkit Generator - A tool for generating iToolkit code based on RPG interfaces. Saves time!
  • iXMLService - .Net XMLSERVICE wrapper
  • JSON webservices - Providing a JSON webservice based on IBM i and Node.js
  • jt400.js - Node.js connector for jt400.
  • loopback - LoopBack connector for DB2 for i (node.js v0.12)
  • loopback-connector-ibmi - LoopBack connector for DB2 for i (node.js v4)
  • loopback-connector-db2ibmi - LoopBack connector
  • lstffd - List File Field Descriptions (LSTFFD)
  • machine_attributes - A SQL user defined table function to get machine attributes like system type, system model number etc.
  • noxdb - Not only XML. SQL, JSON and XML made easy for RPG on IBM i
  • nodejs - IBM i Collaboration for Node.js
  • openssl-patches - IBM (Kevin Adler) provides info on how to apply patches for OpenSSL for IBM i
  • OSSILE - The community project for OSS using ILE languages on IBM i
  • python - IBM i Collaboration for Python
  • python-itoolkit - Python XMLSERVICE adapter
  • Relic Package Manager - Package Manager for the ILE environment (QSYS.LIB)
  • rpgle.vim - Free (7.1) syntax highlight, folds, indent, etc. for RPGLE
  • rpgdynarr - RPG Dynamic Arrays
  • RPG for VSCode - IBM i RPG language for Visual Studio Code
  • rpgleparser - rpgleparser is an ANTLR v4 grammar for IBM's ILE RPG, capable of parsing both fixed- and free-format syntax
  • rpgmail - RPG Mail
  • RPGUnit - RPG unit testing framework
  • ruby - IBM i Collaboration for Ruby
  • ruby-ibm_db - Ruby DB2 for i adapter/driver
  • ruby-itoolkit - Ruby XMLSERVICE adapter
  • sails-db2fori - Node.js DB2 for i adapter with a focus on Sails/Waterline.
  • scnmsgf - Scan Message File (SCNMSGF)
  • SEUEXIT - Exit program for SEU which demonstrates F7 and a user-written command ATTR which embeds 'colour coding' attribute bytes into the source (QSYS.LIB)
  • shellinabox - IBM (Kevin Adler) provides info on Shell In A Box
  • SMS with Twilio - Send SMS with Twilio from IBM i
  • SU - Work with a QPGMR profile and Become QSECOFR (SU)
  • swift-itoolkit - Swift interface over XMLSERVICE
  • system400 - chroot safe system utility.
  • tn5250j - 5250 terminal emulator implemented in Java
  • TOP - New IBM i programming language written by Liam Allan [broken link]
  • Ublu - IBM i language used to remotely manage IBM i machines from any Java-capable platform (e.g. Windows, Linux, Unix, other IBM i, etc.)
  • USRSPCOA - RPG Open Access handler to allow User Space (*USRSPC) objects which contain input from IBM List APIs such as QUSLOBJ to be easily accessed with native IO.
  • utils-on-power - A collection of utilities for the IBM i on power
  • vlang-rpg - VLANG is a RPG SRVPGM (VLANG/VPHP), providing in-memory calling of RPG<memory>PHP, or any other scripting language implementing an ILE callback extension. Everything is controlled by RPG, thereby, PHP, or any PASE language, is essentially a slave language to RPG
  • web5250 - project extending tn5250j project
  • xmlservice-rpg - Base XMLSERVICE that all other language toolkits are built on
  • zipSeries - A command line interface for the software zipSeries. Copy libraries / objects from one IBM i (f.k.a. iSeries or AS/400) to another running the same (or lower) release of the operating system as the source machine
  • ZLIB - Port of the ZLIB code to allow build on IBM i with RELIC Package Manager. Source is from Open Source domain with some changes to allow install via the package manager

AIX Pages

  • Rosetta. Great for learning differences of AIX/PASE compared to Linux.


Sites to be aware of (alphabetical)

  • Club Seiden GitHub - IBM i PHP community put together by Alan Seiden
  • COMMON - Open Source resources
  • corisoft - Open source utilities from Rory Hewitt
  • developerWorks, IBM i - IBM logs their IBM i open source efforts here.
  • FieldExit.com - Forum dedicated to real world examples for the IBM I with Source code examples and explanations from Bradley Stone
  • ibm-midrange - Stack Overflow Documentation
  • iOpen - Many RPG/C open source tools from Bob Cozzi
  • iSeriesPython - Independent (non-IBM) port of Python to QSYS.LIB
  • JCRCMDS AS/400 UTILITIES - Open source RPG projects from Craig Rutledge
  • litmis.com - Many articles here from Aaron Bartell
  • mowyourlawn.com - Open source RPG projects from Aaron Bartell
  • opensourceoni.com - Open source resources for your i projects from Pete Helgren
  • rpgnextgen.com - Open source RPG projects from Mihael Schmidt
  • scottklement.com - Open source RPG projects from Scott Klement
  • sobo.red - Blog with various IBM i Open Source articles by Josh Hall
  • taskforce-it - Open source from Frank Hildebrandt
  • think400 - Various utilities from various authors from Leif Guldbrand
  • TodoMVC - Helping you select an MV* framework
  • tools400 - Many freeware tools from Thomas Raddatz
  • youngiprofessionals.com - IBM contributes to YiPs wiki on a regular basis. A lot of good information.

Speakers and their presentations

Developer Tools



  • COMMON Forum - Open Source and System Admin <note date change from mid July to late August>


  • choosealicense.com - Good resource for understanding open source licenses and what each allows.

Community video events

Troubleshooting PASE







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