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Version: v2.6.x LTS

Using the Zowe Desktop

Using the Zowe Desktop

You can use the Zowe™ Application Framework to create application plugins for the Zowe Desktop. For more information, see Extending the Zowe Application Framework.

Navigating the Zowe Desktop#

From the Zowe Desktop, you can access Zowe applications.

Accessing the Zowe Desktop#

From a supported browser, open the Zowe Desktop at https://zowe.externalDomains[0]:zowe.externalPort/zlux/ui/v1/ or you can navigate to the direct Desktop URI at https://zowe.externalDomains[0]:zowe.externalPort/zlux/ui/v1/ZLUX/plugins/org.zowe.zlux.bootstrap/web/index.html

Where:

  • zowe.externalDomains is the host on which you are running the Zowe Application Server, its the value that was assigned in the zowe configuration file.
  • zowe.externalPort is the value of Gateway port that was assigned in the zowe configuration file.

Logging in and out of the Zowe Desktop#

  1. To log in, enter your TSO credentials in the Username and Password fields.
  2. Press Enter. Upon authentication of your user name and password, the desktop opens.

To log out, click the User icon in the lower right corner and click Sign Out.

Changing user password#

  1. Open the Preferences panel by clicking on the Preferences icon in the bottom right of the desktop.
2. Click the Change Password icon. 3. Fill out the Old Password and New Password fields. 4. Upon successful password change, you will be taken to the desktop.

Updating an expired password#

  1. Upon logging in with an expired password, a screen will be displayed prompting you to change your password.
  2. Enter and confirm your new password in the corresponding fields.
  3. Upon successful password change, you will be taken to the desktop.

Pinning applications to the task bar#

  1. Click the Start menu in the bottom left corner of the home screen.
  2. Locate the application you want to pin.
  3. Right-click the application icon and select Pin to taskbar.

Open application in new tab#

  1. Click the Start menu in the bottom left corner of the home screen.
  2. Locate the application you want to open in new tab.
  3. Right-click the application icon and select Open In New Browser Tab.
  • While opening an application in new tab you can also do the following:

    • You can use url to send data to the application, for example you would specify https://zowe.externalDomains[0]:zowe.externalPort/zlux/ui/v1/ZLUX/plugins/org.zowe.zlux.bootstrap/web/?pluginId=org.zowe.editor:data:{"type":"openFile","name":"<path of file>"}
    • You can use url to open application directly on browser with and without credentials using showLogin in url.
      1. If `showLogin = true` then you need to login with your credentials before using an    application for example.  `https://zowe.externalDomains[0]:zowe.externalPort/zlux/ui/v1/ZLUX/plugins/org.zowe.zlux.bootstrap/web/?pluginId=org.zowe.terminal.tn3270&showLogin=true`.2. If `showLogin = false` then you can access application directly without login.

Personalizing the Desktop#

  1. Click the Preferences icon to open the Preferences panel.
  1. Click the Personalization icon to open the menu.
  1. Drag an image into the wallpaper grid, or press the upload button, to upload a new Desktop wallpaper.
  2. To set a new theme color, select a color from the palette or hue.
  3. Use the lightness swatch bar to adjust the lightness of the color.
  • Adjusting the lightness will also change the lightness of secondary text.
  1. Select a size (small, medium, or large) to adjust the scale of the Desktop UI.

Changing the desktop language#

Use the Languages setting in the Preferences panel to change the desktop language. After you change the language and restart Zowe, desktop menus and text display in the specified language. Applications that support the specified desktop language also display in that language.

  1. Click the Preferences icon in the lower right corner.
  2. Click Languages.
  3. In the Languages dialog, click a language, and then click Apply.
  4. When you are prompted, restart Zowe.

Zowe Desktop application plugins#

Application plugins are applications that you can use to access the mainframe and to perform various tasks. Zowe's official server download contains some built-in plugins as described below.

Additional plugins can be added to the Desktop, and are packaged and installed as Extensions to Zowe. See here for how to install extensions.

Developers can create application plug-ins to put into extensions, and developers should read the extending guide for more information.

3270 Terminal#

The 3270 Terminal Display Emulator plugin provides a user interface that emulates the basic functions of IBM 3270 family terminals. On the "back end," the plugin and the Zowe Application Server connect to any standard TN3270/E server.

This terminal display emulator operates as a "Three-Tier" program. Due to web browsers being unable to supply TCP networking that terminals require, this terminal display emulator does not connect directly to your TN3270 server. Instead, the Zowe Application Server acts as a bridge, and uses websockets between it and the browser for terminal communication. As a result, terminal connections only work when the stack of network programs supports websockets and the TN3270 server destination is visible to the Zowe Application Server.

The terminal connection can be customized per-user and saved for future sessions using the connection toolbar of the application. The preferences are stored within the configuration dataservice storage, which can also be used to set instance-wide defaults for multiple users.

VT Terminal#

The VT Terminal plugin provides a user interface that emulates the basic functions of DEC VT family terminals. On the "back end," the plugin and the Zowe Application Server connect to VT compatible hosts, such as z/OS UNIX System Services (USS), using SSH or Telnet.

This terminal display emulator operates as a "Three-Tier" program. Due to web browsers being unable to supply TCP networking that terminals require, this terminal display emulator does not connect directly to your SSH or Telnet server. Instead, the Zowe Application Server acts as a bridge, and uses websockets between it and the browser for terminal communication. As a result, terminal connections only work when the stack of network programs supports websockets and the TN3270 server destination is visible to the Zowe Application Server.

The terminal connection can be customized per-user and saved for future sessions using the connection toolbar of the application. The preferences are stored within the configuration dataservice storage, which can also be used to set instance-wide defaults for multiple users.

API Catalog#

The API Catalog plugin lets you view API services that have been discovered by the API Mediation Layer. For more information about the API Mediation Layer, Discovery Service, and API Catalog, see API Mediation Layer Overview.

Editor#

With the Zowe Editor you can create, edit, and manage files, folders, and datasets. With files and folders, you can also modify properties such as ownership and tagging. The Editor uses Monaco, a technology shared with the popular Microsoft Visual Studio Code program. As a result, you can benefit from advanced syntax highlighting and a modern editing experience. The editor has more features and customization that you can read about on the Editor user guide.

JES Explorer#

Use this application to query JES jobs with filters, and view the related steps, files, and status. You can also purge jobs from this view.

IP Explorer#

With the IP Explorer you can monitor the TCP/IP stacks, view active connections and reserved ports.

MVS Explorer#

Most features of the MVS explorer are now incorporated into the "Editor" plug-in listed above, and the community focuses on future enhancements there, but you can still find the MVS Explorer in a Zowe install and use the features found below.

Use this application to browse the MVS™ file system by using a high-level qualifier filter. With the MVS Explorer, you can complete the following tasks:

  • List the members of partitioned data sets.
  • Create new data sets using attributes or the attributes of an existing data set ("Allocate Like").
  • Submit data sets that contain JCL to Job Entry Subsystem (JES).
  • Edit sequential data sets and partitioned data set members with basic syntax highlighting and content assist for JCL and REXX.
  • Conduct basic validation of record length when editing JCL.
  • Delete data sets and members.
  • Open data sets in full screen editor mode, which gives you a fully qualified link to that file. The link is then reusable for example in help tickets.

USS Explorer#

Most features of the USS explorer are now incorporated into the "Editor" plug-in listed above, and the community focuses on future enhancements there, but you can still find the MVS Explorer in a Zowe install and use the features found below.

Use this application to browse the USS files by using a path. With the USS Explorer, you can complete the following tasks:

  • List files and folders.
  • Create new files and folders.
  • Edit files with basic syntax highlighting and content assist for JCL and REXX.
  • Delete files and folders.