CGI and Alternative Gateways

All URL commands begin with a declaration of the end point for the request: either cognos.cgi or an alternative gateway. For IBM Cognos 8, the complete syntax is:


The cgi gateway works on all webservers, but the alternative gateways are optimized for a particular webserver. This can a performance gain around 10%.

If you configured IBM Cognos 8 to use a gateway other than the default CGI program, type the URL that corresponds to your gateway. For information about configuring gateways, see the Installation and Configuration Guide.

The supported gateways are listed in the following table:

Gateway URL
ISAPI http://webservername/cognos8/isapi
Apache Connector (Windows) http://webservername/cognos8/cgi-bin/mod_cognos.dll
Apache Connector (Solaris and AIX) http://webservername/cognos8/cgi-bin/
Apache Connector (HPUX) http://webservername/cognos8/cgi-bin/
Gateway Servlet http://webservername:9300/ServletGateway/servlet/Gateway
CGI http://webservername/cognos8