Extending Zowe

Zowe is designed to be an extensible tools platform. You can extend it to meet your needs or distribute the plug-ins to users who have already installed Zowe and want to introduce new functionality to it.

You can extend Zowe in the following ways:

1. Extend the Zowe Command Line Interface.

2. Add a REST API service to the API Mediation Layer.

3. Add an application plug-in to the Zowe Desktop.

Learn more and get started with the Extending documentation.

Why build with Zowe?

Building your product or extension on top of Zowe has many advantages! Here are a few:

Advanced Security - Zowe has multifactor authentication built in, ensuring your product keeps with modern security standards.

Modern DevOps practices - Automate your CI/CD pipeline with modern tools like Jenkins.

Aligned with new developers - The next generation of mainframe developers is using Zowe, and will be the ones who implement and use your extension.

Learn more and get started with the Extending documentation.

Zowe Conformance Program

Administered by the Open Mainframe Project, the Zowe Conformance Program gives users the confidence that when they use a product, app, or distribution that extends Zowe, they can expect a high level of common functionality, interoperability, and user experience.

As a vendor, getting a Zowe Conformance Badge for your application also ensures that your extension will continue to be supported as Zowe changes and grows.

Getting a Zowe Conformance Badge happens in 3 steps:

Learn more about the program at the  Zowe Conformance Program website.

The following products have earned Zowe Conformant status