Creating streams in Design Management

A stream is modifiable set of versioned artifacts. You can add, edit, and delete versions of artifacts in a stream. All team members who have access to the project area can access its streams.

Before you begin

  • Ensure that you are logged in to a project area in a Rational® solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) application.
  • In configuration-enabled projects, you must have permission to create streams.

About this task

Multiple streams in a project area can contain a copy of the same artifact. Changing an artifact in your stream does not affect the same version of that artifact in other streams until other team members choose to bring your changes into their stream by using the Accept Incoming Changes operation.


  1. On the toolbar, click the current configuration name, and then click Create Stream.
  2. Follow the prompts. To use the stream immediately, select the Switch to the new stream check box.

    If your current configuration is a stream, a baseline of the stream is created automatically before creating the new stream. The new baseline has the same name as the new stream, with "Initial Baseline" appended. Then, the new stream is created from that baseline.


The new stream is populated with the artifacts of the baseline that it was created from.

What to do next

If you use the new stream right away, you can now make changes to the artifacts in the stream.
Note: DM and RM applications only: If you do not use change sets, your changes are visible in the stream when you save your changes to the artifacts. Use change sets to group your changes, which isolates your changes from other team members who might use this stream.

To find and switch to the new stream later, use the Current Configuration menu on the toolbar and, in the search field of the Select Configuration Context window, enter an asterisk (*) to show all the streams.

If you have permission, you or a configuration lead for the Global Configuration Management (GCM) application might also add the stream to a global configuration, to provide a view of all the artifacts that are used in a version of your product or system.