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Version: v2.0.x LTS

Working with certificates

Working with certificates

Certificates authorize communication between a server and client, such as z/OSMF and Zowe CLI. The client CLI must "trust" the server to successfully issue commands. Use one of the following methods to let the CLI communicate with the server.

Configure certificates signed by a Certificate Authority (CA)#

System Administrators can configure the server with a certificate signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) trusted by Mozilla. When a CA trusted by Mozilla exists in the certificate chain, the CLI automatically recognizes the server and authorizes the connection. Related information:

Extend trusted certificates on client#

If your organization uses self-signed certificates in the certificate chain (rather than a CA trusted by Mozilla), you can download the certificate to your computer add it to the local list of trusted certificates. Provide the certificate locally using the NODE_EXTRA_CA_CERTS environment variable. Organizations might want to configure all client computers to trust the self-signed certificate. This blog post outlines the process for using environment variables to trust the self-signed certificate.

Bypass certificate requirement#

If you do not have server certificates configured at your site, or you want to trust a known self-signed certificate, you can append the --reject-unauthorized false flag to your CLI commands. Setting the --reject-unauthorized flag to false rejects self-signed certificates and essentially bypasses the certificate requirement.

Important! Understand the security implications of accepting self-signed certificates at your site before you use this command.


zowe zosmf check status --host <host> --port <port> --user <username> --pass <password> --reject-unauthorized false