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Version: v2.3.x LTS

Configuring Zowe CLI environment variables

Configuring Zowe CLI environment variables

This section explains how to configure Zowe CLI using environment variables.

By default, Zowe CLI configuration is stored on your computer in the C:\Users\user01\.zowe directory. The directory includes log files, profile information, and installed CLI plug-ins. When troubleshooting, refer to the logs in the imperative and zowe folders.

Note: For information on how to define Zowe CLI environment variables to execute commands more efficiently, see Using environment variables.

Setting the CLI home directory#

You can set the location on your computer where Zowe CLI creates the .zowe directory, which contains log files, profiles, and plug-ins for the product:

Environment VariableDescriptionValuesDefault
ZOWE_CLI_HOMEZowe CLI home directory locationAny valid path on your computerYour computer default home directory

Setting a shared plug-in directory#

You can set the location of a shared directory to manage plug-ins for multiple users.

A project administrator can pre-install, and update, a plug-in stored in the shared directory to make the same version of that plug-in available to all users. This avoids managing separate copies of a plug-in across a development team.

The plug-in directory must be defined before any Zowe CLI plug-ins are installed.

Important! Any plug-in installed before specifying the environment variable cannot be managed with Zowe CLI. To resolve this, re-install the plug-in after the environment variable is set.

Environment VariableDescriptionValuesDefault
ZOWE_CLI_PLUGINS_DIRZowe CLI plug-in directory locationAny valid path on your computerPlug-ins folder inside the Zowe CLI home

Setting CLI log levels#

You can set the log level to adjust the level of detail that is written to log files:

Important! Setting the log level to TRACE or ALL might result in "sensitive" data being logged. For example, command line arguments will be logged when TRACE is set.

Environment VariableDescriptionValuesDefault
ZOWE_IMPERATIVE_LOG_LEVELImperative CLI Framework logging levelLog4JS log levels (OFF, TRACE, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, FATAL)WARN

Setting CLI daemon mode properties#

By default, the CLI daemon mode binary creates or reuses a file in the user's home directory each time a Zowe CLI command runs. In some cases, this behavior might be undesirable. For example, the home directory resides on a network drive and has poor file performance. To change the location that the daemon uses, set the environment variables that are described in the following table:

PlatformEnvironment VariableDescriptionValuesDefault
AllZOWE_DAEMON_DIRLets you override the complete path to the directory that will hold daemon files related to this user. The directory can contain the following files:
  • daemon.lock
  • daemon.sock
  • daemon_pid.json
Any valid path on your computer<your_home_dir>/.zowe/daemon


  • Windows: %HOMEPATH%\.zowe\daemon
  • Linux: $HOME/.zowe/daemon
Windows (only)ZOWE_DAEMON_PIPELets you override the last two segments of the name of the communication pipe between the daemon executable (.exe) and the daemon.Any valid path on your computer`\.\pipe\%USERNAME%\ZoweDaemon