How to Setup Virtual Datapower appliance on your Laptop or PC

I was just struggling to setup virtual firmaware to get IBM Websphere Datapower on my system but I found after surfing so much of internet that I would require to have IBM partnerworld memebership , which I don’t have.So If you guys have IBM Partner World details with you , can download VM Player and setup the Datapower virtual Edition on your system.

If you don’t have the login don’t worry , you can do it with the help of Docker .You can easily work with datapower using Docker !!!

Link to the developer edition of Datapower is

To configure datapower on your system all you need is to install docker on your system.
For windows , find this link
This setup you can run with Windows 10 and as well on native.
For Mac , find this link

The complete setup process is provided  on the above links

The Docker toolbox is a docker container that runs in Oracle VM virtualbox in which your datapower container runs.
Once the docker is installed on your system you will find the below icon in your windows start .

Click the icon and you will find the command window on your system .This will run some scripts and ask for several permission .Click Yes to all.

Once its is completed you can see below screen on your system.

You can now pull the Datapower image on your system ,For that type the command  docker pull ibmcom/datapower

Once it is pulled it will start downloading on your system ,Wait for it, once it is completely downloaded. Before starting the docker machine , check you system requirement .
For that go to the Oracle VM Virtual Box .Make sure your default machine is powered off .

After that go the settings -> System -> Processor .Make the CPU to 2 .Now go to the Motherboard option and increase the base memory to 4096 MB.Make sure your system has 8 GB of RAM so that you can assign dedicated 4 GB to the virtual box .

After doing that click ok and close the window .Now go to the docker terminal and start the docker docker-machine start. You can stop the docker with docker-machine-stop .
Once everything is setup and configured you can setup the IDG on your system by following commands.

docker run -it \
   -v $PWD/config:/drouter/config \
   -v $PWD/local:/drouter/local \
   -p 9090:9090 \
   -p 9022:22 \
   -p 5554:5554 \
   -p 8000-8010:8000-8010 \
   –name idg \
Once you entered these commands you will see some blue lines  doing some of the configuration .Once the blue lines are stopped , hit enter and you will find the login prompt .
Enter login as admin and password as admin 
After that you need to start the web  management service for that type co and hit enter and then type web-mgt 0 9090.
At the beginning of the setup  you have got the IP of the docker .If you have forgotten that then run another docker terminal to can check the docker IP by typing docker-machine-ip 
You will get 192.168..99.100
Now go to your browser and write https://192.168..99.100:9090 .Skip the security and you will the go ti  datapower GUI .Type username and password as admin , admin .
And her you go !!!!.
Go to the SSH service in Datapower default domain and change the port number to 9022 to easily access t-the Datapower next time.Enable the service and click apply and then Save Configuration.
If you get some problems during starting of datapower or get some errors like already IDG running ; errors , just go to the docker terminal and write docker ps – a .to see all containers.Type docker rm 04ac623eafef  


To stop the IDG go to the terminal write , write mem , after writing memory , write exit  and then shutdown.
If you want to restart the IDG .Write the docker start idg , hit enter .Go to the browser and write the IP address  to start your datapower GUI.
Comment below , if you guys face any issues.
Good Luck!!.
More articles coming up !! 

5 thoughts on “How to Setup Virtual Datapower appliance on your Laptop or PC

  1. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be actually one thing which I feel I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very vast for me. I am looking ahead for your next put up, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!


  2. I followed your steps..But i am getting below error ..Could you please help on this.
    prati@LAPTOP-C33D2APG MINGW64 /c/Program Files/Docker Toolbox
    $ docker run -it \
    > -v $PWD/config:/drouter/config \
    > -v $PWD/local:/drouter/local \
    > -p 9090:9090 \
    > -p 9022:22 \
    > -p 5554:5554 \
    > -p 8000-8010:8000-8010 \
    > –name idg \
    > ibmcom/datapower
    C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\docker.exe: invalid reference format: repository name must be lowercase.
    See ‘C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\docker.exe run –help’.


  3. Hello, Can you please tell how to set up latest virtual box for this datapower installation.
    I’m using VirtuallBox 6.1.18 version.


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