Creating Templates and Domains Using the pack and unpack Commands

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This document describes how to use the pack and unpack commands for creating WebLogic domains and templates.

The pack and unpack commands provide a simple, one-step method for creating domains and templates from the command line. You cannot, however, use these commands to customize the contents of your domain or template in the same way as the other tools.

The pack and unpack commands are available in the \common\bin subdirectory of the product installation directory.

Note: In addition to the pack and unpack commands, you can use the Configuration Wizard, Domain Template Builder, or WebLogic Scripting Tool to create domains and templates.

You can create the following types of templates by using the pack command, and then use them to create templates by using the unpack command:


The pack command provides an alternative method for creating a template from the command line in one simple step. Although the pack command does not allow you to customize the contents of your template in the same way as the Domain Template Builder, it is useful for performing the following tasks quickly:

For information about the syntax and parameters of the pack command, see pack.


The unpack command provides a one-step method for creating a domain quickly from an existing template by using the default settings defined in the template. When creating a domain, unpack does not provide the same customization options as the Configuration Wizard or WLST. If, however, you use the unpack command with a domain template, you can do the following:

By using unpack, you can also create a managed server domain directory based on a managed server template created with the pack command. The managed server uses the settings defined for the administration server; so you cannot change the JDK or the start mode, add administrative users, or change the administrator password.

Note: You cannot use unpack to extend an existing domain.

For information about the syntax and parameters of the unpack command, see unpack.

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