Required Workstation Software
Preparation

Install TN3270 and SSH software for your workstation's operating system:
Windows, Mac, or Linux

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Windows TN3270


Installation and Connection

Select 1 of the following 3270 options:

  • Option #1 - Vista tn3270

    Tom Brennan Software is providing their tn3270 client along with licensing to all contestants of the Master the Mainframe contest.
    Click on link below, download, and install Vista V1.27:
    http://www.tombrennansoftware.com/download.html

    Check the email from the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest team for the license key that allows extended academic use of Vista tn3270.

  • Option #2 - wc3270
    http://x3270.bgp.nu/download.html
      Select Windows Setup .EXEs 3.6ga6
       wc3270 documentation
    *NOTE: Windows 10 only - Windows 7 may fail to work properly

Mac TN3270


Installation and Connection

Select 1 of the following 3270 options:

  • Option #1 - Brown University provides a tn3270 client that is freely-licensed for non-commercial use.
    Download it from here: http://www.brown.edu/cis/tn3270/
    Select the tn3270 release that supports your OS X version.
    MacOS Catalina Users - The latest MacOS update drops support for 32 bit apps, which includes tn3270. Please proceed to the x3270 instructions below
  • Option #2 - x3270 Client Installation
    Review Instructions here: http://planetmvs.com/mvsintosh/x3270.html

    -or- use this install_c3270 script to automate the process (requires sudo access)

    NOTE - For the compile step, use
    ./configure --enable-c3270
    This will build the c3270 binary, which can be used without an X11 environment.

Linux TN3270


Installation and Connection

  • x3270
    Refer to your respective Linux workstation distribution's repository to acquire and install x3270. If you are unsure of what the previous sentence means, use your favorite search engine to search for something like “Ubuntu 16.04 x3270 installation” or “Fedora 24 x3270 installation”. Once installed, you can open the 3270 emulator from the local terminal by entering the command x3270 or by searching the application menu.


Windows SSH

Mac SSH
  • OpenSSH is installed by default into Mac OS X.
    Test by opening a local terminal session and entering the command ssh.

Linux SSH

Linux SSH

  • OpenSSH is installed by default into Linux.
    Test by opening a local terminal session and entering the command ssh.

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