Zowe CLI quick start
Get started with Zowe™ CLI quickly and easily.
This article presumes that your role is that of a systems administrator or you possess prerequisite knowledge of command-line tools and writing scripts. If you prefer more detailed instructions, see Installing Zowe CLI.
The following topics describe the Zowe CLI system requirements and the various methods to use to install Zowe CLI.
Before you install Zowe CLI, download and install Node.js and npm. Use an LTS version of Node.js that is compatible with your version of npm. For a list of compatible versions, see Node.js Previous Releases.
(Linux only): On headless Linux, follow the procedure documented in the SCS plug-in Readme.
Installing Zowe CLI core from public npm
Issue the following command to install the core CLI.
npm install -g @zowe/cli@zowe-v2-lts
Installing CLI plug-ins
zowe plugins install @zowe/cics-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v2-lts @zowe/db2-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v2-lts @zowe/ims-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v2-lts @zowe/mq-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v2-lts @zowe/zos-ftp-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v2-lts
The command installs most open-source plug-ins, but the IBM Db2 plug-in requires additional configuration to install.
For more information, see Installing plug-ins.
Issuing your first commands
zowe --help to display full command help. Append
-h) to any command to see available command actions and options.
Optionally, you can view the Zowe CLI web help in a browser window. For more information, see Displaying help.
All Zowe CLI commands start with
zowe followed by the name of the core command group. For example,
zowe plugins -h. To interact with the mainframe, type
zowe followed by a command group, action, and object. Use options to specify your connection details such as password and system name.
Listing all data sets under a high-level qualifier (HLQ)
zowe zos-files list data-set "MY.DATASET.*" --host my.company.com --port 123 --user myusername123 --pass mypassword123
Downloading a partitioned data-set (PDS) member to local file
zowe zos-files download data-set "MY.DATA.SET(member)" -f "mylocalfile.txt" --host my.company.com --port 123 --user myusername123 --pass mypassword123
See Understanding core command groups for a list of available functionality.
Zowe CLI V2-LTS now supports team profiles. The process of setting up team profiles is simple and can be rolled out easily accross your organization. We highly recommend that you configure team profiles to support your Zowe CLI implementation. For more information, see Using team profiles.
Zowe profiles let you store configuration details such as username, password, host, and port for a mainframe system. Switch between profiles to quickly target different subsystems and avoid typing connection details on every command.
Most command groups require a
zosmf-profile, but some plug-ins add their own profile types. For example, the CICS plug-in has a
cics-profile. The profile type that a command requires is defined in the
PROFILE OPTIONS section of the help response.
Tip: The first
zosmf profile that you create becomes your default profile. If you don't specify any options on a command, the default profile is used. Issue
zowe profiles -h to learn about listing profiles and setting defaults.
Creating zosmf profiles
zowe profiles create zosmf-profile myprofile123 --host my.company.com --port 123 --user myusername123 --password mypassword123
- The port defaults to 443 if you omit the
--portoption. Specify a different port if your host system does not use port 443.
- If z/OSMF is configured for high availability in Sysplex, create the CLI zosmf-profile with DVIPA address/hostname to ensure availability of REST services. For more information, see Configuring z/OSMF high availability in Sysplex.
Using zosmf profiles
zowe zos-files download data-set "MY.DATA.SET(member)" -f "mylocalfile.txt" --zosmf-profile myprofile123
For detailed information about issuing commands, using profiles, and more, see Using CLI.
You can write Zowe CLI scripts to streamline your daily development processes or conduct mainframe actions from an off-platform automation tool such as Jenkins or TravisCI.
You want to delete a list of temporary datasets. Use Zowe CLI to download the list, loop through the list, and delete each data set using the
zowe zos-files delete command.
# Obtain the list of temporary project data sets
dslist=$(zowe zos-files list dataset "my.project.ds*")
# Delete each data set in the list
for ds in $dslist
echo "Deleting Temporary Project Dataset: $ds"
zowe files delete ds "$ds" -f
For more information, see Writing scripts.
You successfully installed Zowe CLI, issued your first commands, and wrote a simple script! Next, you might want to perform the following tasks:
- Issue the
zowe --helpcommand to explore the product functionality, or review the online web help.
- Learn how to configure Zowe CLI run Zowe CLI in daemon mode. Daemon mode significantly improves the performance of Zowe CLI commands by running Zowe CLI as a persistent background process.
- Learn about configuring environment variables to store configuration options.
- Learn about integrating with API Mediation Layer.
- Learn about how to write scripts and integrate them with automation server, such as Jenkins.
- See what plug-ins are available for the CLI.
- Learn about developing for the CLI (contributing to core and developing plug-ins).