Skip to Main Content
IBM Data and AI Ideas Portal for Customers

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Post your ideas

Post ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you,

  1. Post an idea

  2. Upvote ideas that matter most to you

  3. Get feedback from the IBM team to refine your idea

Help IBM prioritize your ideas and requests

The IBM team may need your help to refine the ideas so they may ask for more information or feedback. The product management team will then decide if they can begin working on your idea. If they can start during the next development cycle, they will put the idea on the priority list. Each team at IBM works on a different schedule, where some ideas can be implemented right away, others may be placed on a different schedule.

Receive notification on the decision

Some ideas can be implemented at IBM, while others may not fit within the development plans for the product. In either case, the team will let you know as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to find alternatives for ideas which cannot be implemented in a reasonable time.

Additional Information

To view our roadmaps:

Reminder: This is not the place to submit defects or support needs, please use normal support channel for these cases

IBM Employees:

The correct URL for entering your ideas is:

Status Under review
Workspace Db2
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 5, 2022

Apple Silicon / M1 Support for IBM ODBC/CLI Driver

As a developer on macOS with an Apple Silicon chip, I want to use the IBM ODBC/CLI Driver (downloadable from here) natively. Emulating is possible but since I am using this driver via Python, all my other Python code now needs to run emulated as well.

Background: I am connecting with an IBM DB2 database via a Python app, using the
python-ibmdb library. There is a corresponding issue on their GitHub repository but the root cause of not being able to use python-ibmdb is that the IBM ODBC/CLI Driver is not compiled for Apple Silicon / ARM architecture.

Further background:
M1 has been around for a year and is now the default architecture for new Macs. More and more people are getting Apple Silicon Macs so this issue will not go away but rather become more pressing over time.

Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)
  • Guest
    May 6, 2022

    Thanks for submitting this. I found it while figuring out who to contact at IBM re: the lack of ARM64 support in clidriver / dsdriver, after growing tired of bi-monthly checks for updated drivers or workarounds.

    A small correction: the first Apple Silicon / ARM64 systems shipped in November 2020, so it's actually been 18 months now. If I'm not mistaken, the only Intel system Apple is now selling (aside from the $6000+ Mac Pro) is a 2018 Mac Mini.

    The lack of native DB2 drivers on Apple Silicon means my entire PHP development stack needs to run on Rosetta 2 (Apple's Intel translation layer for M1 processors), which slows everything down and significantly increases the cost and complexity of deployment, CI and more.

    DB2's clidriver is the only runtime component in my development stack that remains coupled to x86_64, and it's a complex stack that includes qemu-based arm64 Linux VMs (running at near-native speeds on HVF, incidentally).

    Please prioritise building this driver for ARM64, IBM!