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Getting Started

CIMTool is an Eclipse plugin written in Java so you can run CIMTool on Windows, Linux or Mac OS. However, only the Windows binary is built and published by maintainers, for other platforms you must compile from Java source. You'll need at least 200MB free disk space (more if you will be working with large Contextual Profiles).

Step 1 - Download CIMTool

Download the latest binary release of CIMTool here and extract. The CIMTool binary release is delivered as a ZIP archive (e.g. and once downloaded should be extracted to a folder on your machine.


Extracting to D:\CIMTool-1.11.1 folder on a Windows system would result in a new D:\CIMTool-1.11.1\CIMTool folder containing CIMTool and it dependencies. The launchable executable would be located at D:\CIMTool-1.11.1\CIMTool\CIMTool.exe

Step 2 - Install Java

In order to successfully run CIMTool, a 64-bit Java 8 JRE/JDK must be installed. New supported releases of Java 8 are currently available at either of the below locations. Note that you should review the relevant licensing requirements for these downloads. Oracle may be more restrictive than for your purposes in which case the Zulu OpenJDK release may be preferable:

Once installed on your system you can execute java -version from a command prompt to determine what the default JRE/JDK is on your system:



In this example, we see from the results that on this system the default JRE/JDK is a version of Java 8 (i.e. version 332). There may be other versions of Java installed on the system but we know from the output that it will be the Java 8 installation that will be used to execute CIMTool by default if we double click the installed executable located at D:\CIMTool-1.11.1\CIMTool\CIMTool.exe in our example.

Setting up Alternate JVM

If the command line results indicate a different default Java version, then either a Windows shortcut or .bat script can be created so that an alternate (non-default) JVM can be used for launching CIMTool. These options can be configured in the following manner.

Option 1 - Windows Shortcut

Locate the directory containing the Java 8 JRE/JDK release you installed on your system (a 64-bit installation of Zulu for example will typically be located in either C:\Program Files\Zulu\zulu-8-jre\bin\java.exe or C:\Program Files\Zulu\zulu-8\bin\java.exe depending on whether you've downloaded a JRE or JDK release).

In Windows right-click on the CIMTool.exe and select the menu option for creating a shortcut. Right-click on the new shortcut and select the Properties menu option. In the dialog that comes up explicitly specify as a command line parameter a 64-bit JVM to use at launch time. This change must be specified in the "Target:" field. In this working example, the resulting entry in that field would be: D:\CIMTool-1.11.1\CIMTool.exe -vm "C:\Program Files\Zulu\zulu-8\bin\java.exe"


Option 2 - Batch Script

An alternative approach is to create a CIMTool.bat script containing command line execution similar to that shown below but which correlates to the installation locations native to your own local file system:

rem Launch CIMTool using a 64-bit Java JRE 8
C:\CIMTool-1.11.1\CIMTool\CIMTool.exe -vm "C:\Program Files\Zulu\zulu-8\bin\java.exe"


An issue was reported whereby CIMTool-1.10.0.RC1 and earlier releases no longer launch cleanly using newer releases of Java 8. The fix for this was introduced in the CIMTool-1.10.0.RC2 release. Note that for users with older versions of CIMTool (e.g. 1.10.0.RC1, 1.9.7, or earlier) on their system those instances will no longer work if the Java 8 installation is upgraded to a newer release. To have co-existing instances of both old and new releases of CIMTool you will need to have both a new and older release of the Java 8 JRE/JDKs installed (in two distinct locations) and, in turn, distinct shortcuts and/or .bat files in order to specify the appropriate Java 8 JVM to use when launching CIMTool.

Step 3 - Launch CIMTool

Upon a successful launch of CIMTool the following dialog is presented. A default workspace (as shown by the example in the screenshot) will be used or you can create a your own by entering one.


Select the OK button, and the workbench view will appear



It recommended to not add, modify or delete anything inside a workspace directory manually or with tools other than CIMTool to prevent corrupting your project. However, if you ever see a message indicating 'resource out of sync', you can usually correct it by using File -> Refresh or pressing F5.