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This space provides the same content as before, but the organization of the home page has changed. To help you quickly find the content that you need, topics are now organized based on logical branches instead of legacy book titles


MainView for MQ 5.4

All versions

This space contains information about the 5.4.00 release of the MainView for MQ product.

The MainView for MQ product is a system-management application that provides data regarding mainframe messages and the ability to monitor the information.

updated 05 Mar



Installation, configuration, and maintenance

Customizing after installation


Post-installation product customization



Procedures for using the product

Views reference


Descriptions of commands and syntax, and related reference information

Working with infrastructure


Management of shared components



BMC messages from the following product lines:

  • BMC products for DB2
  • BMC products for IMS
  • Cost Optimization products
  • MainView products



Common issues


This topic provides access to PDFs and videos that support this product. It also explains how to create your own custom PDFs.

Creating a custom PDF

From any page in the space, use the following procedure to create a PDF of either the current page or multiple pages (a parent topic and its child topics):
  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select Export to PDF:


    • Although you can export to Microsoft Word, this portal is not optimized for Word exports.
    • If you require an export in XML or HTML format, contact us.
  2. In the Template box, select the PDF style:

    • Simple to export a PDF with no cover, table of contents, or index 
      By default, the Simple template exports only the current page.
    • Standard to export a traditional PDF with a cover, table of contents, and index 
      By default, the Standard template exports the current page and its child pages.
  3. In the Export Scope box, select what you want to export:

    • Only this page to export the current page
    • This page and its children to export an entire section (current page and any child topics)


    In this example, selecting This page and its children creates a PDF of all topics in the space's Reference section:

  4. Select Start Export.

For more information, see Help for BMC Online Technical Documentation .


This section lists videos that supplement the text-based documentation.

This library offers Quick Courses related to MainView for MQ products:


See also MainView for WebSphere MQ


FAQs and additional resources

This topic answers common questions and explains how to access additional resources, including BMC Support.

Frequently asked questions

This section answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the documentation portal.

The following are general questions about mainframe documentation:
 How can I get a PDF of selected content in a space?
  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select Export to PDF.

  2. Select the type of PDF that you want:
    • Only this page for a PDF of the current page
    • This page and its children for a PDF of the current page and all of its child topics

Depending on the number of topics included in the export, it might take several minutes to create the PDF. After the export is complete, you can download the PDF.

 Where can I get a list of all mainframe AMI products, Cost Optimization products, MainView products, and BMC products for the IBM DB2 and IBM IMS subsystems?

Go to the main dashboard and click the BMC Mainframe products (DB2 IMS MainView Cost Optimization AMI) box, or click here to go directly to the list.


If looking for the Control-M mainframe documentation, click the Control-M box on the dashboard, or click here to go directly to the Control-M space.

Additional resources

The following BMC sites are external to this portal and provide information that you might find helpful:

Support information

The following questions offer information about BMC Support:

 How can I contact BMC Support?

If you have problems with or questions about a BMC product, or for the latest support policies, see the Customer Support website at You can access product documents, search the Knowledge Base for help with an issue, and download products and maintenance.

If you do not have access to the web and you are in the United States or Canada, contact Customer Support at 800 537 1813. Outside the United States or Canada, select your country at Contact BMC to view local Support Contacts.

 How can I check a product version's support status?

You can find the support status for specific product versions on Support Central. Selecting a product from the “A–Z Supported Product List” shows:

  • All versions of the product and their current support levels (full or limited)
  • Dates on which support ends

You can also find information about the latest support policies on Support Central.

 Where can I get the security certificates needed for transferring files to BMC Support?

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  1. Feli Brachthaeuser

    Hello, I'm missing the complete Manual of BMC Performance Manager for MQ Message Management Command Line Interface Reference Manual! Please check with the devs. This is still a valid product and the actual documentation is not sufficient at all. best regards, Feli

    Nov 14, 2018 08:10
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Feli. Thanks for the reaching out to us! The team is looking into this issue. We will update you when we have more information.

      Nov 15, 2018 01:34
      1. Dottie Wood

        Hi, Feli. You can now find the cited reference manual under "Legacy PDFs related to this space" on the PDFs page. Thanks, again, for your input!

        Nov 19, 2018 09:18
  2. Matthias Rabast

    Hello BMC, I have printed the MainView for MQ 5.4 manual, which allows to make some marks and notes and learn to use to product. I am missing a numbering schema of the headlines in the book like Chap.1 Introduction, Chap.2 Installation, Chap.3 Security, 3.1 xxx , 3.2 yyy . Such a numbering of headlines helps to understand the structure of the book and makes it easier to read and learn. Best regards, Matthias.

    Feb 21, 2019 09:44
    1. Dottie Wood

      Hi, Matthias. Thanks for sharing your input and helping us understand your approach to learning our products.

      Although we no longer use numbered chapters, our online documentation is reorganized into logical branches and subsections that generally correspond to the older chapter structures. For example, content that formerly appeared in Chapter 1 usually appears in the Getting started branch, and you can go to the Installing branch to locate installation information that formerly appeared in Chapter 2.

      Also, our online documentation provides tools that can help you stay oriented in terms of the structure of the content. The navigation pane on the left functions as an expandable table of contents that lists all of the topics in the space. When you go to a particular topic, that topic's title appears in bold in the navigation pane, helping you keep track of where you are in the space. 

      You can also mark pages as Favorites, making them easy to locate quickly. To do so, click the star icon in the upper right toolbar on a page.

      We hope this helps! Please let us know if you need more assistance.

      May 07, 2019 12:29