Rocket Ported Tools for z/OS

Rocket Ported Tools for z/OS is a set of products available to you that is designed to deliver tools and applications for the z/OS platform. These applications have been modified to operate within the z/OS environment.

Rocket Ported Tools

Rocket Ported Tools for z/OS are only supported on z/OS 1.10 and above.


bzip2 is a high-quality data compressor for the z/OS Unix environment. It typically compresses files to within 10% to 15% of the best available techniques of statistical compressors, while being around twice as fast at compression and six times faster at decompression. bzip2 is an open source application which is available for most operating systems, so compressed files can be decompressed on most other platforms (and vice-versa).


cURL is an open source tool that can transfer data from and to servers by using one of the supported protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, TFTP, DICT, TELNET, LDAP, or FILE). This command works without user interaction. cURL offers useful functions such as proxy support, user authentication, FTP upload, HTTP post, SSL connections, cookies, file transfer, resume, and more. cURL is a command-line UNIX application and runs in the z/OS UNIX System Services environment.


Perl is a port of the Perl (version 5.8.7) scripting language to the z/OS UNIX System Services platform. Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a very popular general-purpose programming language that is widely used on UNIX and other computing platforms. This port of Perl to the z/OS platform offers enhancements over other versions of Perl, in that it is preconfigured and precompiled, designed to address the ASCII/EBCDIC conversion, and provide Unicode support.


sudo is an open source tool that allows a system administrator to delegate authority in order to give certain users (or groups of users) the ability to run some (or all) commands as a superuser or another user, while providing an audit trail of the commands and their arguments. It is a command-line UNIX application, and runs in the z/OS UNIX System Services environment.


PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open-source server-side scripting language for creating dynamic Web pages for e-commerce and other Web applications. A dynamic Web page is a page that interacts with the user, so that each user visiting the page sees customized information. Dynamic Web applications are prevalent in commercial (e-commerce) sites, where the content displayed is generated from information accessed in a database or other external source.

PHP offers a simple and universal solution for easy-to-program dynamic Web pages. The intuitive interface allows programmers to embed PHP statements right in the HTML page. PHP's syntax is similar to that of C and Perl, making it easy to learn for anyone with basic programming skills. Its elegant design makes PHP significantly easier to maintain and update than comparable scripts in other languages.


New Ported Tools Coming Soon

Autoconf , Automake, Bash, Bison, CVS, Diffutils, Findutils, Groff, Gzip, Make, MC, Mktemp, NEdit, pkg-config, Sed, TCL/TK, Unzip, Webalizer, Zip