Software Requirements

Note: This product includes OpenSSL version 1.1.1b.

Before installing this product, you must have the following software installed on your computer:

  • Xterm, the terminal emulator for the X Window System, is part of your UNIX/Linux distribution but is not installed by default. Use your UNIX/Linux installation media to install it.
  • The "awk", "ed", "sed" and "tar" utilities must be installed and added to the PATH.
  • On SUSE 12, you can only install and use the 64-bit version of Visual COBOL.
  • The pax archiving utility is required by the setup file. Pax is distributed with most UNIX/Linux systems but, if it is missing, you must install it separately. To verify pax is installed, run pax --help or pax --version at the command line.
  • Required libraries for Red Hat and SUSE Linux platforms - the installer checks that both the 32-bit and 64-bit libraries listed below are installed on both 32-bit and on 64-bit Operating Systems for this product to install and work correctly.

    If installing on a 64-bit OS, the 32-bit libraries are not installed by default and must be installed before you start the installation.

    Table 1. Default Libraries.

    The following table shows which of the required libraries are not installed by default on the specified platforms - X indicates the libraries are missing.

    Library 32-bit Library Name 64-bit Library Name s390

    Library Name

    SUSE 12¹ Red Hat 7
    glibc glibc-*.i686 glibc-*.x86_64 glibc-*.s390 X
    libgcc libgcc-*.i686 libgcc-*.x86_64 libgcc-*.s390 X
    libstdc++ libstdc++-*.i686 libstdc++-*.x86_64 libstdc++-*.s390 X
    glibc-devel glibc-devel-*.i686 glibc-devel-*.x86_64 glibc-devel-*.s390 X
    glibc-locale glibc-locale-32bit glibc-locale-2 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A libgtk-2_0-0-2 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A gtk2-tools-2 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A libXcomposite1-0 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A libgdk_pixbuf-2_0-0-2 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders-2 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A libjasper1-1 N/A X
    gtk2 N/A gtk2-*.x86_64 N/A X
    gtk2-x11 N/A libgthread-2_0-0-2 N/A X
    libXtst N/A libXtst6-1 N/A X
    libXtst N/A libXtst-*.x86_64 N/A X
    glibc-devel glibc-devel-*.i686 glibc-devel-*.x86_64 N/A X
    PackageKit-gtk N/A PackageKit-gtk-module-*.x86_64 N/A
    PackageKit-gtk3 N/A PackageKit-gtk3-module-*.x86_64 N/A X
    gtk2-engines N/A gtk2-engines.*.x86_64 N/A
    libcanberra-gtk2 N/A libcanberra-gtk2-*.x86_64 N/A X
    webkitgtk N/A webkitgtk.x86_64 N/A
    webkitgtk3 N/A webkitgtk3.x86_64 N/A X
    xterm Any version Any version Any version X X
    unzip Any version Any version Any version X X
    libgnome N/A libgnome.x86_64 N/A X
    gcc2 gcc*.i686 gcc*x86_64 X X X
    cpp2 cpp*x86_64 X

    Visit the Red Hat Web site for more information.

    • ¹ On SuSe 12, you can only install the 64-bit version of Visual COBOL. The glibc-locale-32bit library is still required by the SafeNet Sentinel licensed components.
    • 2 On Red Hat these libraries are required to enable COBOL to compile.
  • Java 8 (64-bit) is required to run the Eclipse IDE. The minimum recommended version is AdoptOpenJDK's OpenJDK 8 (u202) with Hotspot. Java 8 (32 or 64-bit versions), and Java 11 (64-bit version only) are supported for executing JVM COBOL code and for native COBOL and Java interoperability. You can download AdoptOpenJDK's OpenJDK 8 with Hotspot from AdoptOpenJDK's Web site and unpack the archive anywhere on your machine.
    Note: Eclipse does not run using Java 11.
    • On AIX and zLinux, you need to have IBM's JDK. The earliest supported release of IBM's JDK is 7.0 Service Refresh 8. If you install IBM's JDK 8, on AIX you must install its latest fix - JDK 8 SR5 FP16. You can get IBM's AIX JDK from IBM's Web site.
    • On HP-UX, you need to have HP-UX JDK. The earliest supported release of HP-UX is JDK 7.0.11. You can get the HP-UX Java JDK from HP's Web site.
    • On Solaris platforms (both SPARC and Intel) only the 64-bit version of Java 8 and later is supported.

To execute JVM COBOL code, you need to set the environment as follows:

  • You need to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable. When installing the product, set this variable to a 64-bit Java installation or the installation terminates. For example, execute the following:
    export JAVA_HOME=java_install_dir

    where java_install_dir is the path to the JAVA installation directory such as /usr/java/javan.n

  • You need to add $JAVA_HOME/bin to your system PATH variable. To do this, execute:
    export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
  • You need to set the LANG environment variable to pick up localized messages. The LANG settings are English and Japanese only.
Important: For local servers, you do not need to install the Micro Focus License Administration tool separately, as the setup file installs a new Visual COBOL client and a new licensing server on the same machine.

If you have a network server, you must update the license server before installing the product as the client is not able to communicate with license servers of versions older than 10000.2.660. To check the version of the license server on UNIX, run /var/microfocuslicensing/bin/mfcesver or /var/microfocuslicensing/bin/

If Micro Focus License Manager version 10000.2.02070 or older is installed, it must be uninstalled before the product installation or upgrade can continue.

You can download the new version of the license server software from the Micro Focus SupportLine Web site: