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 followsEarExpander -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.
The following examples demonstrate correct syntaxEARExpander -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