Guide to Download and Install webMethods Service Designer Free Download

webMethods Service Designer 10.7 Documentation


webMethods Service Designer is a lightweight integrated design and development tool that includes:

  • webMethods Service Development for designing and developing Integration Server assets (such as services, document types, triggers, and web service descriptors) and managing them under version control.
  • Unit Test Framework for creating unit tests for the services that you develop and include in Continuous Integration for build verification.
  • webMethods Microservices Runtime (referred to as Local Development Server) for deploying and testing the assets.

Installing webMethods Service Designer 10.7


  • Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Zulu Java 1.8
  • A file compression tool that supports the .ZIP file format

To install:

Download the webMethods Service Designer archive for your operating system from

webMethods Service Designer Free download (make sure you login if you already have a Tech Community account or sign up for a free account).

Note: webMethods Service Designer requires Zulu Java 1.8. Archive files with and without Zulu Java are provided on the portal. If you want to use an archive without the JDK, ensure the JAVA_HOME variable is set to the Zulu JDK 1.8 location before you proceed.

  1. Extract the downloaded Service Designer archive to a directory that does not include spaces in the name.
  2. From the extracted folder run ServiceDesigner.exe to launch webMethods Service Designer. 

Once Service Designer launches, it prompts you to start the Local Development Server. You can also start (and stop) the Local Development Server from the Server menu in Service Designer.


  1. It is recommended that while working with Local Service Development use cases, maintain the VCS repository and projects outside of the Service Designer workspace and Integration Server packages directory.

  2. Important: For security purposes, we recommend that you change the default Integration Server password. 

Managing Local Development Server

You can start, stop, restart, and debug the Local Development Server using the Server menu in webMethods Service Designer.

Installing a JDBC Driver on Integration Server

For information on installing a JDBC Driver, refer to the webMethods Adapter for JDBC ‘Installation and User's Guide’ that is available on

Please note that you need to be logged into Tech Community to access the documentation.

Updating webMethods Service Designer

To update an existing version of webMethods Service Designer, follow these steps:

  1. Export the Service Designer preferences.
    Click File > Export to launch the export wizard. In the Select panel, go to General > Preferences and click Next. In the To Preference file field, type a name for the .epf file to which you want to export your preferences. Click Finish.
  2. Copy the Integration Server custom packages and configurations (if any) to a folder outside of the Integration Server installation folder before you start the update process.
  3. Download and extract the new version of webMethods Service Designer at a different system location.
  4. Copy the backed up Integration Server custom packages and configurations and paste at the location where the new version of webMethods Service Designer is extracted.
  5. Import the Service Designer preferences.
    Click File > Import to launch the import wizard. In the Select panel, go to General > Preferences and click Next. In the From preference file field, select the .epf file to which you exported your preferences. Click Finish.
  6. Import your local service development project(s) from the local VCS repository into the new Service Designer workspace. Move the project to Integration Server packages.

Included components

  • webMethods Service Development (restricted to capabilities for use with the bundled runtime)
  • webMethods Microservices Runtime
  • Local Version Control Integration
  • webMethods Unit Test Framework
  • webMethods Adapter for JDBC

Known issue

In Service Designer, under Local Service Development when a package is created
as an Integration Server linked resource and is deleted from the Package
Navigator view, Service Designer removes the package from the
'ServiceDesigner_Home\IntegrationServer\packages' directory as well as from the
externally linked folder of the VCS system.

As a workaround for this issue and to avoid deletion of the contents from the
externally linked folder, first, delete the linked folder from
'ServiceDesigner_Home\IntegrationServer\packages' directory and then go to
'Packages > Management' page in Integration Server Administrator and delete the


  • webMethods Microservices Runtime:

  • webMethods Adapter for JDBC:

  • webMethods Service Development:

  • webMethods Unit Test Framework:


webMethods Service Designer is not officially supported by Software AG. You can also post your queries to the Tech Community forum 'webMethods Service Designer'. We will do our best to answer your questions and welcome your feedback. If there are any issues reported, we will do our best to address them but cannot guarantee that they will be resolved.