# Zowe CLI quick start
Get started with Zowe™ CLI quickly and easily.
Note: This section assumes some prerequisite knowledge of command-line tools and writing scripts. If you prefer more detailed instructions, see Installing Zowe CLI.
- Issuing your first commands
- Using profiles
- Writing scripts
- Next Steps
# Software Requirements
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 graphical Linux, install
libsecret on your computer before you install the Secure Credential Store. On headless Linux, follow the procedure documented in the SCS plug-in Readme.
# Installing Zowe CLI core from public npm
Issue the following commands in sequence to install the core CLI.
The "core" includes Zowe CLI and Secure Credential Store, which enhances security by encrypting your username and password.
npm install @zowe/cli@zowe-v1-lts -g
zowe plugins install @zowe/secure-credential-store-for-zowe-cli@zowe-v1-lts
# Installing CLI plug-ins
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
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.
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 Command Groups for a list of available functionality.
# Using 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.
# Profile types
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 a zosmf profile
zowe profiles create zosmf-profile myprofile123 --host my.company.com --port 123 --user myusername123 --password mypassword123
Note: The port defaults to 443 if you omit the
--port option. Specify a different port if your host system does not use port 443.
# Using a zosmf profile
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 storing variables as environment variables, see Defining Zowe CLI connection details.
# Writing scripts
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.
#!/bin/bash set -e # Obtain the list of temporary project data sets dslist=$(zowe zos-files list dataset "my.project.ds*") # Delete each data set in the list IFS=$'\n' for ds in $dslist do echo "Deleting Temporary Project Dataset: $ds" zowe files delete ds "$ds" -f done
For more information, see Writing scripts to automate mainframe actions.
# Next Steps
You successfully installed Zowe CLI, issued your first commands, and wrote a simple script! Next, you might want to:
Review Command Groups to learn what functionality is available, and explore the in-product help.
Learn about using environment variables to store configuration options.
Integrate your scripts with an automation server like Jenkins.
See what plug-ins are available for the CLI.
Learn about developing for the CLI (contributing to core and developing plug-ins).