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Web services for ISO8583 Messaging using MultiXTpm ISO 8583 Server

MultiXTpm ISO 8583 Server exposes a web service to receive ISO8583 messages.

ISO 8583
Messages are used for financial transaction messaging including Credit Card / POS transaction messages.

MultiXTpm ISO 8583 Server comes bundled with the MultiXTpm Application Server developed by Moshe Shitrit, who is also extremely helpful by the way :).

This document explains how to deploy MultiXTpm ISO 8583 Server (and in effect MultiXTpmApplicationServer-4.0.8a) on a Ubuntu 8.04. It is intended to be quick guide for newbies as well as a reference for me as I may not remember these steps next week !

1) First Install MultiXTpmApplicationServer

The basic installation was done by following Igor Custodio's excellent posting on A How-to compile MultiXTpm in Ubuntu 8.04.

However, the following modifications had to be done in addition to the instructions given in A How-to compile MultiXTpm in Ubuntu 8.04.

The LD_LIBRARY_PATH and PATH variables needed to include the current directory (.) to run the mentioned .sh scripts. Therefore the export statements in Step 6, were modified as follows.

export MultiXTpm="/home/srimal/MXTPM/MultiXTpmApplicationServer"
export PATH=.:$PATH:"${MultiXTpm}"/runtime
export TMAKEPATH="/usr/share/tmake/linux-g++/"
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=.:"${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}":"${MultiXTpm}"/runtime
export CPATH="/home/srimalj/MXTPM/gsoap-2.7/gsoap:/home/srimalj/MXTPM/gsoap-2.7/gsoap/extras"
export CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=/usr/include/mysql++/:/usr/include/mysql/

These exports were added to the end of my /etc/bash.bashrc for convenience.
(I have installed in my home directory /home/srimal -- change as appropriate)

Also install the following packages if you already don't have them.

$ sudo apt-get install libmysql++-dev

Plus any other libraries that you do not have already but are mentioned in the above export statements. (Hint: Missing header files are usually in xxx-dev package for package xxx)

2) Next Install
MultiXTpm ISO 8583 Server

To do this, change in to the ISO8583Server directory .

$ cd ${MultiXTpm}/ISO8583Server

The next few steps require the environment variables exported before. (Its a good idea to add it to /etc/bash.bashrc and start with a new terminal -- or do a . /etc/bash.bashrc if you prefer to use the same terminal window)

Next we Build everything.

$ ./LinuxBuildAll.sh

Then Make the runtime environment.

(Don't worry if it says the runtime exists)

Now change to the runtime directory

$ cd runtime

and run MultiXTpm

$ MultiXTpm

This should start up the MultiXTpm process which will in turn spawn the four processes needed for ISO 8583 Server:
  • MultiXTpm – Application Server, Router, load balancer.
  • ISO 8583 Issuer Gateway FE – Listener and communications handler, receivng requests from Remote Acquirer Gateways or POS terminal.
  • ISO 8583 Issuer Gateway WS FE – Listener and communications handler, receivng requests from Remote Acquirer Gateways or POS terminal that use SOAP/XML Web Services client software.
  • ISO 8583 Back End and/or ISO 8583 Authorizer – The Business Logic handler. Acts locally on POS terminals requests or forwards requests to the next Issuer Gateway in the chain.
  • ISO 8583 Acquirer Gateway FE – Connection initiator and communications handler. Handles all data transfers to remote Issuer Gateways.

This is what my console looks like.

Based on the default TpmConfig.xml the Web Service will be accepting connections on port 38583. So my connection end point looks like "http://localhost:38583/" .