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Version: v2.2.x LTS

Installing Zowe CLI

Installing Zowe CLI

Install Zowe™ CLI on your computer.

If your role is that of a systems administrator or 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.

After you install Zowe CLI and Zowe CLI plug-ins using your preferred installation method, see Using CLI to learn about how to connect Zowe CLI to the mainframe, create Zowe CLI profiles and team profiles, integrate Zowe CLI with API ML, enable daemon mode, and much, much more!

Installation guidelines#

To install CLI on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, follow the steps in Install Zowe CLI from npm or Install Zowe CLI from a local package.

However, to install Zowe CLI on z/Linux, z/OS UNIX System Services (USS), or on an operating system where the Secure Credential Store is not required or cannot be installed, use the following installation guidelines:

Installation notes#

  • As you are installing Zowe CLI, you might encounter error messages that relate to cpu-features and ssh. You can safely ignore error messages of this type; the installation completes successfully. This behavior can occur when you install CLI from npm and from a local package.

Prerequisites#

Prerequisite notes#

  • If you are installing Zowe CLI on a computer that is running Node.js 16 on a Windows operating system, see Installing Zowe CLI with Node.js 16 on Windows.

  • If you are running NPM version 7 (npm@7) or NPM version 8 (npm@8) on a Windows operating system, ensure that your computer is connected to the Internet.

    Issue the following command before you install Zowe CLI:

    npm install -g prebuild-install
  • Linux users might need to prepend sudo to npm commands. For more information, see Troubleshooting Zowe CLI.

Install Zowe CLI from npm#

Use the following procedure to install Zowe CLI from an npm registry:

  1. To install or update the core CLI, open a command-line window:

    npm install -g @zowe/cli@zowe-v2-lts

    Zowe CLI is installed.

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

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

    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

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 Zowe CLI.

Install Zowe CLI from a local package#

Use the following procedure to install Zowe CLI from a local package:

  1. Meet the prerequisites for installing Zowe CLI.

  2. Navigate to Download Zowe and click the Zowe vNext CLI Core button.

  3. Read the End User License Agreement for Zowe and click I agree to download the core package.

    zowe-cli-package-next-2022MMDD.zip is downloaded to your computer (where MMDD indicates the month and day of the build).

  4. (Optional) Meet the prerequisites for installing Zowe CLI plug-ins.

  5. (Optional) Navigate to Download Zowe and click the Zowe vNext CLI Plugins button to download the plugins.

  6. (Optional) Read the End User License Agreement for Zowe plug-ins and click I agree to download the plugins package.

    zowe-cli-plugins-next-2022MMDD.zip is downloaded to your computer (where MMDD indicates the month and day of the build).

  7. Unzip the contents of zowe-cli-package-next-2021MMDD.zip (and optionally zowe-cli-plugins-2021MMDD.zip) to a working directory.

  8. To install Zowe CLI Core, open a command-line window and issue the following commands to the working directory that you used in Step 7:

    npm install -g zowe-cli.tgz

    Note: If an EACCESS error displays, see Resolving EACCESS permissions errors when installing packages globally in the npm documentation.

  9. (Optional) To install Zowe CLI plug-ins, issue the following command to the working directory that you used in Step 7:

    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

Zowe CLI and the optional plug-ins are 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 and team profiles, integrate with API ML, enable daemon mode, and more, see Using CLI.