Documentation Search with DB2 Information Center

Published 05 October 2004

Authors: Chuck Ballard


In addition to the product manuals for DB2, the DB2 Information Center gives you searchable access to DB2 information. This technote describes how to do it.


DB2 Information Center gives you searchable access to the information you need in order to take full advantage of DB2 Universal Database and DB2 Connect. The DB2 Information Center also documents major DB2 features and components, including replication, data warehousing, the Information Catalog Center, Life Sciences Data Connect, and DB2 extenders.

You can view the DB2 Information Center online at:

For example, see the figure below:

Welcome to the DB2 Information Center

You can also download and install Information Center on your own system. Each DB2 FixPak updates the Information Center documentation.

The DB2 Information Center can be accessed from a browser, using Netscape Navigator 6.1 or later, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or later. Note that some features require you to enable support for Java or JavaScript. You can use the search function to search through all documentation. In addition, you can locate any topic in the DB2 library from a single navigation tree. Information Center includes several types of help:

  1. Tasks provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete a goal.
  2. Concepts provide an overview of a subject.
  3. Reference topics provide detailed information about a subject, including statement and command syntax, message help, requirements.
  4. Master index
  5. Master glossary
  6. Integrated localized information: If a translated version of a topic is not available for your language, a new browser window will open to display the English version of that topic. You can continue to browse the available translated versions of topics in the original browser window.

Special Notices

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.

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