db2 Getting started with db2

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This section provides an overview of what db2 is, and why a developer might want to use it.

It should also mention any large subjects within db2, and link out to the related topics. Since the Documentation for db2 is new, you may need to create initial versions of those related topics.


There different flavors of DB2. One of them is LUW: Linux, UNIX and Windows.

DB2 LUW in Linux / UNIX can be installed with or without root. When installed with root, you can create different instances associating them to different users.

When installing DB2 LUW without root privileges, you can install DB2 in your home directory and your user will be automatically the only instance this installation can have. The instance will not be started automatically each time the machine boots at least you configure that.

Once you have downloaded the binaries (from Fixpack Central, Passport Advantage, or a CD), you can extract the files. There will be a directory that describes the DB2 edition you a using (Expc, server_t, etc.), and in that directory you will find db2setup and db2_install . One of them is for graphic installation, the other is for text installation via response file.

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