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Zowe CLI Sample Plug-in

This repository contains a sample Zowe CLI plug-in that adheres to the contribution guidelines for the project. Use this project and the associated tutorials as a starting point for creating Zowe CLI plug-ins.

Why Create a Zowe CLI Plug-in?

You might want to create a Zowe CLI plug-in to accomplish the following:

  • Provide new scriptable functionality for yourself, your organization, or to a broader community.
  • Make use of Zowe CLI infrastructure (profiles and programmatic APIs).
  • Participate in the Zowe CLI community space.

Tutorials, Documentation, and Guidelines

We also provide the following tutorials, guidelines, and documentation to assist you during development:


To learn about how to work with this sample plug-in, build new commands, or build a new Zowe CLI plug-in, see Develop for Zowe CLI.

Contribution Guidelines

The Zowe CLI contribution guidelines contain standards and conventions for developing Zowe CLI plug-ins.

The guidelines contain critical information about working with the code, running/writing/maintaining automated tests, developing consistent syntax in your plug-in, and ensuring that your plug-in integrates with Zowe CLI properly.

Imperative CLI Framework Documentation

Imperative CLI Framework documentation is a key source of information to learn about the features of Imperative CLI Framework (the code framework that you use to build plug-ins for Zowe CLI). Refer to these documents during development.

Jenkinsfile Guidelines

Reference the Jenkinsfile Guidelines for information about setting up and maintaining automated testing/deployment for your plug-in with Jenkins automation server.


Before you work with the Zowe CLI sample plug-in, install Zowe CLI globally.

Create a Local Development Space

To create your development space, clone and build the Zowe CLI sample plug-in from source.

Create a local development folder named zowe-tutorial. You will clone and build all projects in this folder.

Clone the repositories into your development folder to match the following structure:

└── zowe-cli-sample-plugin

Clone zowe-cli-sample-plugin and Build From Source

See setup.

Run the Automated Tests

  1. cd __tests__/__resources__/properties
  2. Copy example_properties.yaml to custom_properties.yaml.
  3. Edit the properties within custom_properties.yaml to contain valid system information for your site.
  4. cd to your zowe-cli-sample-plugin folder
  5. npm run test

Install the zowe-cli-sample-plugin to Zowe CLI

This process assumes that you already installed Zowe CLI on your PC in the previous steps.

  1. cd to your zowe-tutorial folder.
  2. zowe plugins install ./zowe-cli-sample-plugin
  3. zowe zowe-cli-sample You should see help text displayed if the installation was successful.