# Installing Zowe CLI

Install Zowe™ CLI on your computer.

Tip: If you are familiar with command-line tools and want to get started using Zowe CLI quickly, see Zowe CLI quick start. You can learn about new CLI features in the Release notes.

# Methods to install Zowe CLI

Use one of the following methods to install Zowe CLI.

If you encounter problems when you attempt to install Zowe CLI, see Troubleshooting Zowe CLI.

# Installing Zowe CLI from a local package

If you do not have internet access at your site, use the following method to install Zowe CLI from a local package.

Follow these steps:

  1. Address the following software requirements for the core CLI:

    • Install Node.js V8.0 or higher LTS versions

      Tip: You might need to restart the command prompt after installing Node.js. Issue the command node --version to verify that Node.js is installed.

    • Verify that you have Node Package Manager (npm) that is compatible with your version of Node.js. For a list of compatible versions, see Node.js Previous Releases.

      Tip: npm is included with the Node.js installation. Issue the command npm --version to verify the version of npm that is installed.

  2. (Linux only) Address the following software requirements for Secure Credential Storage:

    • (Graphical Linux) Install gnome-keyring and libsecret on your computer.

    • (Headless Linux) Follow the procedure documented in the SCS plug-in Readme.

  3. Navigate to Zowe.org Downloads and click the CLI Core button to download the core package. The "core" includes Zowe CLI and Secure Credential Store, which enhances security by encrypting your username and password.

    A file named zowe-cli-package-v.r.m.zip is downloaded to your computer

  4. (Optional) Click the CLI Plugins button to download the optional plugins.

    A file named zowe-cli-plugins-v.r.m.zip is downloaded to your computer.

  5. Unzip the contents of zowe-cli-package-v.r.m.zip (and optionally zowe-cli-plugins-v.r.m.zip) to a preferred location on your computer.

  6. Open a command-line window. Issue the following commands in sequence against the extracted directory to install core Zowe CLI on your computer:

    npm install -g zowe-cli.tgz
    
    zowe plugins install secure-credential-store-for-zowe-cli.tgz
    

    Notes:

  7. (Optional) Address the Software requirements for CLI plug-ins. You can install most plug-ins without meeting the requirements, but they will not function until you configure the back-end APIs. The IBM Db2 plug-in requires additional configuration to install.

  8. (Optional) Issue the following command to install each available plug-in:

    zowe plugins install cics-for-zowe-cli.tgz db2-for-zowe-cli.tgz zos-ftp-for-zowe-cli.tgz  ims-for-zowe-cli.tgz mq-for-zowe-cli.tgz
    

    Important: Ensure that you meet the Software requirements for CLI plug-ins. You can install most plug-ins without meeting the requirements, but they will not function until you configure the back-end APIs. The IBM Db2 plug-in requires additional configuration to install.

Zowe CLI is installed on your computer. Issue the zowe --help command to view a list of available commands. For information about how to connect the CLI to the mainframe, create profiles, integrate with API ML, and more, see Using CLI.

# Installing Zowe CLI from an online registry

If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can use the following method to install Zowe CLI from an npm registry.

Follow these steps:

  1. Address the following software requirements for the core CLI:

    • Install Node.js V8.0 or higher LTS versions

      Tip: You might need to restart the command prompt after installing Node.js. Issue the command node --version to verify that Node.js is installed.

    • Verify that you have Node Package Manager (npm) that is compatible with your version of Node.js. For a list of compatible versions, see Node.js Previous Releases.

      Tip: npm is included with the Node.js installation. Issue the command npm --version to verify the version of npm that is installed.

  2. (Linux only) Address the following software requirements for Secure Credential Storage:

    • (Graphical Linux) Install gnome-keyring and libsecret on your computer.

    • (Headless Linux) Follow the procedure documented in the SCS plug-in Readme.

  3. Issue the following commands in sequence to install the core from the public npm registry. The "core" includes Zowe CLI and Secure Credential Store, which enhances security by encrypting your username and password.

    npm install -g @zowe/cli@zowe-v1-lts
    
    zowe plugins install @zowe/secure-credential-store-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts
    

    Notes:

  4. (Optional) Address the Software requirements for CLI plug-ins. You can install most plug-ins without meeting the requirements, but they will not function until you configure the back-end APIs. The IBM Db2 plug-in requires additional configuration to install.

  5. (Optional) To install all available plug-ins to Zowe CLI, issue the following command:

    zowe plugins install @zowe/cics-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts @zowe/db2-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts @zowe/ims-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts @zowe/mq-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts @zowe/zos-ftp-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts
    

Zowe CLI is installed on your computer. Issue the zowe --help command to view a list of available commands. For information about how to connect the CLI to the mainframe, create profiles, integrate with API ML, and more, see Using CLI.