IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua

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IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua

Product Name Aqua Client Server Trial Documentation
IBM Application Discovery ad 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS apa adfz 3.0 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Explorer cicsexplorer 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Transaction Gateway tg 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Configuration Manager cm 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Deployment Assistant da 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer ia 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM CICS Performance Analyzer pa 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Data Studio [ ! ] ds 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM Debug for z Systems debugger adfz 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM Developer for z Systems [1] rdz idz 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition [1] rdz adfz idz ee 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS fa adfz 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM File Manager for z/OS fm adfz 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM IMS Explorer for Development (V3.2/V3.3) 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM MQ Explorer 3.0 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) 3.0 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Rational Team Concert Integration for System z [2] rtcz 3.1 3.2 IM ZIP
IBM z/OS Connect EE (V2/V3) enterprise edition zos 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Explorer for z/OS zosexplorer explorer aqua 3.0 3.1 3.2 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Rational Programming Patterns [1] rpp 3.0 3.1 IM ZIP
IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools - Health Center jhc 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM IMS Configuration Manager cm 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM IMS Connect Extensions for z/OS ce 3.1 p2 IM ZIP
IBM Z Open Development [2] zod 3.2 p2
IBM Z Open Unit Test [3] zot zout 3.2 p2

  • Pre-packaged repository zip files are only available for products that are supported on Eclipse Neon 4.6 (Aqua 3.1)
  • Aqua 3.2 is only available on Eclipse p2.
  • [1] IBM Developer for z Systems 14.1.6 and IBM Rational Programming Patterns 9.6.1 (latest Aqua 3.1) cannot be installed together. See this tech note for more details.
  • [2] IBM Z Open Development and IBM Rational Team Concert compatibility in Aqua 3.2 (Eclipse 4.8) requires a temporary workaround. See this blog post for more details.
  • [3] IBM Z Open Unit Test is only available for Windows.
  • [ ! ] See here for shell-share compatibility

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

IBM Developer for z Systems Trial

To get started with the IBM Developer for z Systems trial, follow these steps:

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

For shell-sharing environments, IBM Data Studio 4.1.3 is compatible with the following:

  • IBM Developer for z Systems, version 14.1.3 or higher
  • IBM Explorer for z/OS, version 3.1.1.9 or higher
  • IBM CICS Explorer, version 5.4.0.10 or higher
  • IBM IMS Explorer for Development, version 3.3.1.6 or higher

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Offline Repository Packages for IBM Installation Manager

Please note that this pre-packaged repository zip file is for Aqua 3.1 (Eclipse 4.6 Neon) only.

How do I use this zip file?

This zip file is a packaged repository intended to be used as an offline or local repository source for IBM Installation Manager.

After downloading the zip file and extracting its contents into a local directory, follow the steps to Use an existing Installation Manager for product installation .

Aqua release train version

IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua (or simply Aqua) 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.

What is the difference between the versions of Aqua?

Each version of Aqua is based on a different version of Eclipse. New features and products will be integrated with newer versions of Aqua while the previous versions will remain in support mode moving forward. Aqua 3.0 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.

We recommend that you choose the newest version of Aqua that supports all of the products that you're looking to install since it will allow you to stay in the active development cycle longer.

Can I upgrade an Aqua environment directly to another version?

It is not possible to install plug-ins and tools onto an Aqua environment that is from a different Aqua version since each version is based on a specific Eclipse iteration. To move from one Aqua version to another (eg. Aqua 3.0 to Aqua 3.1), you will need a fresh environment and from there you can bring over the workspace data.

Aqua client installation formats

IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua (or simply Aqua) can be installed using two different packaging formats: IBM Installation Manager or Eclipse p2.

IBM Installation Manager (IM)

IBM Installation Manager is IBM’s solution for managing Eclipse-based tools such as Aqua tools. You install a separate utility (IBM Installation Manager) that keeps track of your installed Eclipse-based tools and is able to modify and extend those tools. Some Aqua tools must be installed using IBM Installation Manager — they are not available via Eclipse p2.

Eclipse p2

Eclipse p2 is an installation technology built into Eclipse tools. It can be accessed using the built-in ‘Install New Software’ option. It can often be the quickest way to get going, though not all Aqua tools are available via Eclipse p2.

What does the text under the "Client" column mean?

The text under the "Client" column indicates the available installation methods for that particular product. p2 indicates that the product can be installed via Eclipse p2, IM indicates that the product can be installed via IBM Installation Manager, and ZIP indicates that there is a pre-packaged zip file that contains the repository for installing this product in an offline environment through Installation Manager (this is only available for Aqua 3.1).

IBM Enterprise DevOps

Product Name Downloads
IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z Systemsadfz Download
IBM Application Discoveryad Trial
IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligenceaddi Trial
IBM Application Delivery Intelligenceadi Trial
IBM Explorer for z/OS Atlas (Open Toolchain API) Technical Preview
IBM UrbanCode Deployucd Trial
IBM Rational Team Concert (Enterprise Extensions)rtc ee Download
IBM Rational Test Workbenchrtw Contact Us
IBM Z Development & Testing (ZD&T)zdt Contact Us
IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkitzos pt zospt zpt Download
IBM Cloud Provisioning & Management for z/OScpm Trial
IBM Dependency Based Builddbb Download

IBM Compilers and Toolkits

Product Name Downloads
IBM Toolkit for Swift - Linux on z Systems Community Edition[1]
IBM Toolkit for Swift - z/OSzos Community Edition[1]
IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OSzos Trial[1]
IBM Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OSabo Trial[1]
IBM SDK for Node.js - z/OSzos Download[1]
IBM Record Generator for Java Download[1]
IBM z/OS XL C/C++zos Contact us for pricing
IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OSzos Contact us for pricing

  • [1] Available at no cost