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  • How can I get access to Empower?
    • If your organization is a Software AG customer with an active maintenance agreement, or a Software AG partner, you can request an initial account from:
    • Only individual/personal company email addresses are permitted. Accounts for distribution lists and non-company email domains will be rejected or subject to deactivation.
    • If you need assistance, contact from your Empower email address.
  • How can I update my contact information and profile information?
  • What is the password expiration policy?
    • Empower passwords must be reset at least once a year. As an Empower user, you will be notified via email at least 60 days before your password expires.
    • Please note that in many cases, the Empower login serves for a variety of additional Software AG websites, as well as some important services, such as:
      • the Software AG Partner Business Portal (
      • the Managed Learning site (
      • the Software Download Center
      • the Software AG Installer
      • the Software AG Update Manager
      • Software AG Command Central
      Reset your password at least once a year to ensure you do not lose access.
  • What are the different access levels available in Empower?
    • Empower access levels include:
Access Level
Is there a Contact Limit?
Basic Empower Access
No - unlimited
Basic Empower access to Empower and Knowledge Center articles for products for which your organization has an active maintenance agreement.
Authorized Technical Contact
Yes - counts towards Authorized Technical Contact (ATC) limit*
Basic Empower access plus the ability to open Support Incidents for products for which your organization has an active maintenance agreement.
Support Authorizer
Yes - counts towards Authorized Technical Contact (ATC) limit*
Software AG Global Support's primary Named Support Contact from your organization. Responsible for maintaining your organization's Named Support Contact list and informing Empower administrators of any changes to it.
* Customers with Enterprise Active Support are entitled to unlimited ATCs and Authorizers

  • What browsers can I use for Empower?
    • Empower has been tested with the following browsers, operating systems and components. If you encounter a problem while using Empower from a browser not in our list, please switch to a tested browser - if you still encounter a problem, please report it to us. Please ensure pop-up blockers are disabled.




      Microsoft Edge

      87 and above


      We recommend using the latest version

      Internet Explorer

      11 and above

      If you are unable to download Software AG Installer .bin files from Empower, please try again with another browser.

      If you are using a Japanese version of windows, please follow these instructions to prevent your text submitted from becoming garbled.


      78.5 and above

      We recommend using the latest version






      We recommend using the latest update



      Windows Server

      2016 and above

      Microsoft Terminal Server
      (based on supported OS)

      Citrix Metaframe Terminal Server


      7 and above

      We recommend using the latest version and update

  • I am getting an error or no response when I try to use Empower
    • Press your browser's "Reload" or "Refresh" button first, and try the function again. 
    • Clear your browser's cache, close your browser and restart it.
    • If you are unable to resolve your issue, please open a Support Incident with Software AG. Provide the error message, the URL where the error occurred, steps to reproduce, and screen shots.
  • Support Incident information I submit in Japanese becomes garbled
    • If you are running Internet Explorer 10 on a Japanese version of Windows and text you submit to us becomes garbled, we recommend upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 and following the instructions below, or using Firefox.
    • To configure Internet Explorer 11 to enable Japanese characters to be submitted:
      1. Open Internet Options and go to the Advanced Tab
      2. Under the International section, please be sure the "Send UTF-8 query strings for non-Intranet URLs" option in Internet Explorer 11 is checked / enabled (in Japanese , “イントラネット以外の URL の UTF-8 クエリ文字を送信する”). 
  • What about the firewall my company is using?
    • JavaScript - Some firewalls are configured to filter all JavaScript code from HTML documents. If you have enabled JavaScript in your browser and still get error messages, contact your firewall administrator to configure the firewall software to allow JavaScript code for all HTML documents that are requested from Empower.
  • Zip
    • If you are going to compress a file on a Windows system, we require that you use the Zip-algorithm. If you compress an object any other way, it will be rejected. For efficiency, we recommend you compress large objects in order to transfer them via E-Mail or FTP. Remember to use the binary option if you transfer zipped objects via FTP.

      Examples of Zip-tools are WinZip, PKZip, Info-Zip, and Unzip.
General information about Knowledge Center Search is available in the Knowledge Center User's Guide.

  • Why don't I see all available products?
    • Knowledge Center and Request Management functions can only be executed for those products for which you have a current maintenance contract. If you have problems with displaying all of your products, contact your support center.
  • Why are the patch level numbers not consecutive?
    • Patch levels (PLs) are numbered consecutively. However, some patch levels are internal, and not made available to customers.
  • Why can some patch levels not be downloaded?
    • Some full version patch levels for ETS products are not available for download from Empower because of size. Use the order form to get the version from the Software AG Logistics Center.

  • How can I download products?

  • Download issues may be related to your system, your connection to the Internet, or the interaction of your system with ours. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
    • When I click the download link, my browser hangs. What should I do?
      • This issue occurs in some combinations of Internet Explorer and Windows. To resolve, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As".
    • I am having problems starting or completing a download. What should I do?
      • Your browser must be configured to accept cookies and have downloading enabled. For users who prefer to specify the domains from which they accept cookies, our download domain is
      • Using a download manager may help if you are having trouble connecting or completing a download. Some managers we have used successfully are:
      • Note that some smaller items in our system are stored in such a way that they won't work with a download manager.
      • Make sure you are using a supported browser.
      • If downloading through a firewall or proxy server, contact your system administrator to make sure downloads are allowed through the firewall and that your system is configured properly to allow downloads.
      • If using a dial-up modem and ISP, contact your ISP's technical support group and explain the problem. They may be able to help you resolve the issue.
      • Wait, then try again! Intermittent problems happen regularly on the Internet for a variety of reasons. You may have better luck if you close your browser completely, wait a while, restart your browser, then reattempt the download.
    • My browser hangs after getting a dialog "the requested page has both secure and unsecure items". What can I do?
      • Depending on how your browser is configured, launching the download by choosing products from your download list may cause a dialog to open notifying you that you are about to leave a secure site. If you click "Yes" to this and the subsequent dialog "the requested page has both secure and unsecure items" appears, the browser may hang. The workaround is to check the "don't show me this dialog box in the future" checkboxes on both dialogs. The download will still fail, but exit and restart the browser and the download should succeed.
    • The download status reaches 99% and then the browser appears to hang, what's wrong?
      • Many virus scanning programs automatically scan downloaded files. As many of the files downloadable from here are quite large, 20MB or more, this scan can take several minutes. Be patient, the scan will eventually complete.
    • How can I get a license key for my product?
  • What corrections can I find here?

    On the Fix Sets page you can find the following types of fixes/corrections:

    • ALLZAPS (compilation of all ZAPs)
    • CUMULATIVE FIXES (latest cumulative fixes)
    • SMA TABLES (SMA tables)

    for the mainframe operating systems z/OS, z/VSE and BS2000.

  • What are ALLZAPS?

    Software AG provides ALLZAPS files for each mainframe product in maintenance for which there are corrections of type ZAP.
    The ALLZAPS file contains all zaps (for a specific product) that were officially released by Software AG on/before the date specified in the table (or in the correction header of the ALLZAPS file itself). Every zap contained in the summary file can also be obtained individually from Empower.

  • The download table includes the following columns:

    • Product Name: Name of Software AG product
    • Code: Product code
    • Version: Product version
    • Zaps: Number of zaps contained in the ALLZAPS file
    • Updated: Date when the file was last updated
    • Download: Link to download the file


    Software AG provides cumulative fixes in the table below for each mainframe product in maintenance for which there are cumulative fixes available. These fixes can be also found using the Fix Explorer (Single Fixes).

    The download table includes the following columns:

    • Product Name: Name of Software AG product
    • Code: Product code
    • Version: Product version
    • Updated: Date when the file was last updated
    • Fix ID: Link to download the fix

  • What are SMA TABLES?

    Software AG provides SMA tables (SMATABS) for each mainframe product in maintenance for which there are corrections available. The SMATABS file contains product specific SMA tables that were officially released by Software AG on the date specified in the table.
    Please ensure to install product specific SMA tables always together with the latest GLOBAL SMA tables. The download for the SMA tables is in binary format to prevent incorrect translations from ASCII to EBCDIC format..

    The download table includes the following columns:

    • Product Name: Name of Software AG product
    • Code: Product code
    • Version: Product version
    • Updated: Date when the file was last updated
    • Download: Link to download the file

  • Do I need to have Cookies enabled for Empower? 
    • Yes, you must have cookies enabled on your internet browser in order to use Empower.
  • Where do I go to download the latest browsers and readers?
  • How do I report an issue with a Software AG product? 
  • I need to send diagnostic information to Software AG for problem testing. How do I upload diagnostic information to the Software AG FTP servers?
    • For detailed information on how to send files to Software AG, login to Empower and see the Diagnostic Info page
  • What version of Java should I be using for Empower?
    • Java is required for some search and indexing features within the Documentation section. We recommend using the latest version of Java for these features, or searching documentation with the global Empower search widget which does not require Java.
  • How to check your Java version
    1. You can check your Java version by running Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs.
    2. Under the Change or Remove Programs, Java is listed if you have it installed, including the version and update number.
    3. If the version of Java you are running is earlier than Java 6 Update 17, select it and click the Change/Remove button. When prompted to remove it, click "YES". The program will be uninstalled. Proceed to install Java 6 Update 17 or higher.
  • How to install the latest Java SR Runtime Environment
    1. Browse to this URL in IE:
    2. Click the Download JRE button.
    3. Complete the required information, complete the download and follow the installation instructions.

  • Should JavaScript be enabled?
    • Empower checks and modifies passwords using JavaScript. Users must configure their browser software to allow the execution of JavaScript. Otherwise, an error is displayed asking you to enable JavaScript in your browser.
  • Should AJAX be enabled?
    • Yes. AJAX is typically enabled by default.
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Download a Product

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Speak to Support Personnel

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Search all of Empower

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