About

IBM Z Open Editor brings COBOL and PL/I language support to Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VS Code). It is one of the several next generation capabilities for an open development experience for z/OS®. It also uses and extends Zowe Open Mainframe project.

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About

IBM Z Open Editor brings COBOL and PL/I language support to Microsoft Visual Studio Code. It is one of the several next generation capabilities for an open development experience for z/OS. It also uses and extends Zowe Open Mainframe project.

vs code
zowe
explorers

Getting Started


  • 1. Prerequisites

    Review the IBM Z Open Editor License Agreement, Third Party Notices, and terms and conditions for separately licensed code before downloading.

    Here are the prerequisites for installing this extension in VS Code:

    • IBM Java™ version 8 or later - 64 bit: The COBOL and PL/I language servers included in this extension are implemented in Java. Therefore, you need to install and configure a 64-bit Java runtime in order to start it successfully.

      Various settings are provided to configure how the extension uses Java. See the Configuring Java section below for more details.

    • (Optional) Git: To use the features that involve Git, you must install Git and have it available in your system path so that VS Code can display it. On Macs, Git comes out of the box. On Linux, you can install Git with your distribution's package manager. On Windows, you can get Git from https://git-scm.com.

    • (Optional) Zowe CLI 2.22 and the Zowe VS Code extension 0.24.1 or later: To make use of Zowe to open and edit files directly from z/OS MVS or USS, you need Zowe client software and z/OSMF configured. For more information, see Installing Zowe CLI and VS Code Extension for Zowe. Once installed, you must create a Zowe CLI user profile so that data sets can be found and accessed.

    If you are looking for some COBOL, PL/I, or JCL code that you can use to explore the editor features then you can use samples that we maintain on GitHub. Assuming that you have Git installed, create a work directory somewhere on your machine and clone the sample repository:

    git clone https://github.com/IBM/zopeneditor-sample.git

    Then once you finished installing the IBM Z Open Editor extension open the directory zopeneditor-sample using the File > Open... menu.

  • 2. Installing IBM Z Open Editor from the VS Code Marketplace

    When a Java runtime is installed, you can get the extension in any of the following ways:

    Then, click the Install button and wait for the installation to complete.


For more detailed information about installation and prerequisites please visit our docs site.