Installing plug-ins

Last Updated: 5/9/2019, 6:23:21 PM

Installing plug-ins

Use commands in the plugins command group to install and manage plug-ins for Zowe CLI.

Important! Plug-ins can gain control of your CLI application legitimately during the execution of every command. Install third-party plug-ins at your own risk. We make no warranties regarding the use of third-party plug-ins.

You can install the following plug-ins:

  • Zowe CLI Plug-in for IBM CICS

    Use @brightside/cics@lts-incremental in your command syntax to install, update, and validate the plug-in.

  • Zowe CLI Plug-in for IBM Db2 Database

    Use @brightside/db2@lts-incremental in your command syntax to install, update, and validate the IBM Db2 Database plug-in.

Setting the registry

If you installed Zowe CLI from the zowe-cli-bundle.zip distributed with the Zowe PAX media, proceed to the Install step.

If you installed Zowe CLI from a registry, confirm that NPM is set to target the registry by issuing the following command:

npm config set @brightside:registry https://api.bintray.com/npm/ca/brightside

Meeting the software requirements

Ensure that you meet the software requirements for a plug-in before you install the plug-in to Zowe CLI. For information related to each plug-in, see Software requirements for Zowe CLI plug-ins.

Installing plug-ins

Issue an installcommand to install plug-ins to Zowe CLI. The install command contains the following syntax:

zowe plugins install [plugin...] [--registry <registry>]
  • [plugin...]
    (Optional) Specifies the name of a plug-in, an npm package, or a pointer to a (local or remote) URL. When you do not specify a plug-in version, the command installs the latest plug-in version and specifies the prefix that is stored in npm save-prefix. For more information, see npm save prefix. For more information about npm semantic versioning, see npm semver. Optionally, you can specify a specific version of a plug-in to install. For example, zowe plugins install pluginName@^1.0.0.

    Tip: You can install multiple plug-ins with one command. For example, issue zowe plugins install plugin1 plugin2 plugin3

  • [--registry <registry>]
    (Optional) Specifies a registry URL from which to install a plug-in when you do not use npm config set to set the registry initially.

Examples: Install plug-ins

  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to install a plug-in that is distributed with the zowe-cli-bundle.zip. If you are using zowe-cli-bundle.zip, issue the following command for each plug-in .tgz file:

    zowe plugins install ./zowe-cli-cics.tgz 
    
  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to install a plug-in that is named "my-plugin" from a specified registry:

    zowe plugins install @brightside/my-plugin@lts-incremental
    
  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to install a specific version of "my-plugins"

     zowe plugins install @brightside/my-plugin@"^1.2.3"
    

Validating plug-ins

Issue the plug-in validation command to run tests against all plug-ins (or against a plug-in that you specify) to verify that the plug-ins integrate properly with Zowe CLI. The tests confirm that the plug-in does not conflict with existing command groups in the base application. The command response provides you with details or error messages about how the plug-ins integrate with Zowe CLI.

Perform validation after you install the plug-ins to help ensure that it integrates with Zowe CLI.

The validate command has the following syntax:

zowe plugins validate [plugin]
  • [plugin]
    (Optional) Specifies the name of the plug-in that you want to validate. If you do not specify a plug-in name, the command validates all installed plug-ins. The name of the plug-in is not always the same as the name of the NPM package.

Examples: Validate plug-ins

  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to validate a specified installed plug-in:

    zowe plugins validate @brightside/my-plugin
    
  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to validate all installed plug-ins:

    zowe plugins validate
    

Updating plug-ins

Issue the update command to install the latest version or a specific version of a plug-in that you installed previously. The update command has the following syntax:

zowe plugins update [plugin...] [--registry <registry>]
  • [plugin...]

    Specifies the name of an installed plug-in that you want to update. The name of the plug-in is not always the same as the name of the NPM package. You can use npm semantic versioning to specify a plug-in version to which to update. For more information, see npm semver.

  • [--registry <registry>]

    (Optional) Specifies a registry URL that is different from the registry URL of the original installation.

Examples: Update plug-ins

  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to update an installed plug-in to the latest version:

    zowe plugins update @brightside/my-plugin@lts-incremental
    
  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to update a plug-in to a specific version:

    zowe plugins update @brightside/my-plugin@"^1.2.3"
    

Uninstalling plug-ins

Issue the uninstall command to uninstall plug-ins from a base application. After the uninstall process completes successfully, the product no longer contains the plug-in configuration.

Tip: The command is equivalent to using npm uninstall to uninstall a package.

The uninstall command contains the following syntax:

zowe plugins uninstall [plugin]
  • [plugin]
    Specifies the plug-in name to uninstall.

Example: Uninstall plug-ins

  • The following example illustrates the syntax to use to uninstall a plug-in:

    zowe plugins uninstall @brightside/my-plugin