Newly supported on Eclipse 4.8 Photon, IBM
z/OS Explorer Aqua 3.2 is now live and
available for download!
A new release of IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua
(V126.96.36.199) built on Eclipse Neon V4.6 is now
available for download.
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To install one or more product offerings under IBM Explorer for
z/OS Aqua, use the product table to determine which installation
options (IBM Installation Manager and/or Eclipse p2) are
available for the specific product you're looking for.
IBM z/OS Explorer 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.
Aqua 3.0 (out of support) is based on Eclipse 4.4 Luna, Aqua 3.1 is based
on Eclipse 4.6 Neon and Aqua 3.2 is based on Eclipse 4.8
Photon. For each version of Aqua (3.0, 3.1 and 3.2) the
included plug-ins and offerings are designed to work with
their specific Eclipse versions (4.4 Luna, 4.6 Neon, and
4.8 Photon respectively).
No, it is not possible to have an Eclipse 4.4 Luna based
environment and install software from z/OS Explorer Aqua
3.1 onto it as the plug-ins are compatible only with their
specific Eclipse version. To move from Aqua 3.0 to 3.1 or
3.2, you will need a fresh environment and from there you
can bring over the workspace data. The same applies for
Aqua 3.1 to Aqua 3.2.
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
You can identify the available installation methods for
each product with the table below. As a general solution,
all products are available with the IBM Installation
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
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