Newly supported on Eclipse V4.23, IBM
z/OS Explorer Aqua 3.3 is now live and
available for download!
IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua 3.2 built on Eclipse V4.8 Photon is available for download.
IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua 3.1 built on Eclipse V4.6 Neon is available for download.
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To install one or more product offerings under IBM Explorer for
z/OS Aqua, use the Eclipse Tools
to determine which installation
options (IBM Installation Manager and/or Eclipse p2) are
available for the specific product you're looking for.
To find out the latest versions of products that are compatible with
each other, check out the
IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua (or just Aqua for short) is a
continuous delivery release train platform that brings
together a set of Eclipse-based mainframe development
tools and offerings in order to provide z/OS application
developers and system programmers an easy way to install,
deploy and maintain our IBM Eclipse-based products.
New: introducing IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua 3.3
Aqua 3.1 is based on Eclipse V4.6 Neon, Aqua 3.2 is based
on Eclipse V4.8 Photon and Aqua 3.3 is based on Eclipse 4.23.
For each version of Aqua (3.1, 3.2 and 3.3) the
included plug-ins and offerings are designed to work with
their specific Eclipse versions respectively.
No, it is not possible to have an Eclipse V4.6 Neon based
environment and install software from z/OS Explorer Aqua
3.2 onto it as the plug-ins are compatible only with their
specific Eclipse version. To move from Aqua 3.1 to 3.2 or
3.3, you will need a fresh environment and from there you
can bring over the workspace data. The same applies for
Aqua 3.2 to Aqua 3.3.
To install a plug-in or offering, there are two methods:
IBM Installation Manager or Eclipse p2.
IBM Installation Manager is a software package tool that
provides a step-by-step guided wizard to allow users the
ability to install, modify, update, roll back, or
uninstall IBM products. Software and environment
prerequisites are handled through this tool as well to
ensure that all installed software is compatible.
Eclipse p2 is a provisioning platform for Eclipse-based
applications and plug-ins, typically used to extend an
existing Eclipse environment with new plug-ins and
As a general solution,
all products are available with the IBM Installation
You can find out the available installation methods for
each product using Eclipse Tools
Alternatively, you can identify the following installation methods on this
Yes, it is possible to deploy a local repository for use
with either the IBM Installation Manager and Eclipse p2 in
an environment where the destination machine may not be
able to access IBM's online repositories.
The steps to do so are similar to how it would be done
with an online environment except that instead of
accessing IBM's online repository, the user must create
their own locally hosted repository by extracting the
provided prepackaged archives for the IBM Installation Manager
or Eclipse p2 method.
To download prepackaged zips for a local repository, go to the
and select "Hosting an internal (Installation Manager) repository" in Step 4.
Alternatively, you can directly download prepackaged zips from this
For each Aqua release, automation tests are performed to ensure product installation
compatibility. Users installing or upgrading products to the latest versions should not experience
any Eclipse shell-sharing issue. To find out the latest versions that are compatible with
each other, check out the
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