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This course describes IBM Navigator for i. Because this product is a browser-based interface to the IBM i operating system, it is more commonly known as the web console. If you have used System i Navigator, you will see that the web console provides similar capabilities. The major difference is that System i Navigator requires special software to be installed on the user's PC, while the web console uses a standard browser.

The course begins with an introduction to the web console. You will first see how it differs from previous IBM i interfaces. Then, you will see how to start and stop it.

Basic use of the web console is discussed next. You will learn how to use the controls provided by the web console to locate and invoke individual functions. You will also see how to use the web console's help facilities.

The course then considers two of the tasks for which general users most often use Navigator for i. The course first covers accessing IBM i messages. Among other things, you will see how to view the messages that have been sent to you and how to send a message to another user. More advanced controls are also covered, including how to filter and sort the data displayed by the console.

Next, the course shows you how to access the integrated file system using Navigator for i. You will see how to create directories and move files between your PC and the IBM i system.

The course ends by describing how to enter IBM i commands using the web console and how to invoke the web console's built-in 5250 terminal emulator.

Approximate Study Time: 2 hours


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Start the web console
  • Close individual web console pages
  • End a web console session
  • Navigate the web console window to locate a specified task
  • Access the web console help facilities
  • Select an action for an item in a web console display
  • Use web console controls to determine the layout of a list display
  • Add a web console page to your list of favorites
  • Use the web console to perform the following tasks:
    • Work with messages
    • Create or remove an IFS directory
    • Work with files in IFS directories
    • Enter IBM i commands
    • Use the built-in 5250 emulator

Topic Outline

Introduction to the Web Console

Working with Messages

Controlling List Displays

Accessing Files

Using the Text-Based Interface


This course is intended for anyone who will use the web console to access an IBM i system. This audience includes system administrators, operators, programmers, and other personnel.


This course assumes that you are familiar with the concepts and basic operations of IBM i systems. You can satisfy these prerequisites by successfully completing the first three courses of the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series:

These prerequisites can also be satisfied by completing other courses or through relevant work experience.