EARExpander command

Use the EARExpander command to expand an enterprise archive file (EAR) into a directory to run the application in that EAR file. You can collapse a directory containing application files into a single EAR file. You can type EARExpander with no arguments to learn more about its options.



The command syntax is as follows

EarExpander -ear earName -operationDir dirName -operation <expand | collapse> [-expansionFlags <all|war>]



The following options are available for the EARExpander command...

-ear Name of the input EAR file for the expand operation or the name of the output EAR file for the collapse operation.

-operationDir Specifies the directory where the EAR file is expanded or specifies the directory from where files are collapsed.

-operation <expand | collapse> The expand value expands an EAR file into a directory structure required by the WAS run time. The collapse value creates an EAR file from an expanded directory structure.

-expansionFlags <all | war> (Optional) The all value expands all files from all of the modules. The war value only expands the files from Web archive file (WAR) modules.


Usage scenario

The following examples demonstrate correct syntax

EARExpander -ear C:\WebSphere\AppServer\installableApps\DefaultApplication.ear 
-operationDir  C:\MyApps -operation expand -expansionFlags war

EARExpander -ear C:\backup\DefaultApplication.ear 
-operationDir C:\MyAppsDefaultApplication.ear -operation collapse