Using Zowe Explorer
Using Zowe Explorer
Review this section to familiarize yourself with Zowe Explorer and make the best use of its available options and features.
Supported operating systems, environments, and platforms
- Windows 10+
- MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), 11 (Big Sur), 12 (Monterey)
Integrated development environments:
Make the best use of the extension with the following tips:
Data sets, USS, and jobs persistence settings: You can store any data sets, USS files, or jobs permanently in the Favorites tab. Right-click on a data set, USS file, or job and click Add Favorite.
Identify syntax errors with a syntax highlighter: Zowe Explorer supports a syntax hightlighter for data sets. To enhance the experience of using the extension, you can download an extension that highlights syntax.
Edit a profile: You can edit existing profiles listed in the Side Bar by clicking the profile's Edit icon (next to the Search icon). The feature lets you modify the information inside your profile.
Delete a profile: You can permanently delete profiles by right-clicking the profile and selecting the Delete Profile option. The feature deletes the profile from your
Tip: Alternatively, you can delete a profile by using the VS Code Command Palette. Press
F1on your keyboard, then select the Zowe Explorer: Delete a Profile Permanently option.
Hide a profile: You can hide a profile from the Side Bar by right-clicking the profile and selecting the Hide Profile option. If necessary, add the profile back by clicking the + icon on the DATA SETS, UNIX SYSTEM SERVICES (USS), or JOBS bar.
Open recent members: Zowe Explorer lets you open a list of members you have previously worked on. You can access the list by pressing
Using a specific version of Zowe Explorer
Depending on their circumstances, developers might want to keep using a specific version of Zowe Explorer. To ensure that a particular version remains installed on VS Code, refer to the procedure for one of the following scenarios:
Zowe Explorer is installed
Preventing automatic version updates
By default, VS Code automatically updates extensions as new versions are released. Refer to the following steps to prevent automatic updates:
On the VS Code menu bar, click File, Preferences, and click Settings to display the Settings editor.
Select the User or Workspace tab, depending on which settings you want to update.
In the Settings navigation menu, click Features and click Extensions.
In the Auto Update dropdown menu, select None. This prevents VS Code from updating your extensions automatically.
Installing a specific previous version
Select the Extensions tab on the Activities Bar to display a list of installed extensions.
In the Side Bar, click the Gear icon next to Zowe Explorer to open a dropdown menu that lists available options.
Select Install Another Version… to open a dropdown menu that lists previous versions of Zowe Explorer.
Click the version of Zowe Explorer you want to install.
Zowe Explorer is not installed
If Zowe Explorer is not installed, you can install the current release of the extension and then revert to a previous version.
Installing a previous version of Zowe Explorer
Select the Extensions tab on the Activities Bar to display the Search Extensions in Marketplace field.
In the Side Bar, search for
Zowe Explorer. Click the Install button on the Zowe Explorer search result item. This opens a Zowe Explorer tab in the Editor area.
- Click the Down arrow next to the Uninstall button. Select Install Another Version… to open a dropdown menu that lists previous versions of Zowe Explorer.
- Search for and click the version of Zowe Explorer you want to install.