The External Artifact Repository plug-in downloads artifacts from a Nexus or JFrog Artifactory repository into an HCL Launch z/OS type component.

Quick Info

HCL Launch
HCL Launch version 7.0 or later
Created by
HCL Software
Updated Date
March 15, 2021
Version Name Modified date Action

8.1101664 11-Mar-2021 09:55



The External Artifact Repository plugin automates the downloading of z/OS artifacts from a Nexus or JFrog Artifactory repository.

This plugin includes one or more steps, click Steps for step details and properties.


This HCL Launch version 7 or later.


See Installing plugins in HCL Launch for installing and removing plugins.


The following table describes the changes made in each plugin version.

Plugin history details
Version Description
8 Minor enhancements


Use this plugin to automate downloading of z/OS artifacts from a Nexus Artifactory or JFrog repository to z/OS. The artifacts can then be deployed using the Deploy Dataset step of the zOS Utility plugin.

To create the z/OS component version, use the command from job control language (JCL) or from the z/OS UNIX System Services command line. You must specify the -ar parameter on the command. This parameter provides details about the artifactory needed to upload artifacts. The link from the external artifact repository is stored as a component version property, named extRepoURL. The property is used to download the artifacts.

For additional information, see Creating z/OS component versions in the product documentation.

Step palette

To access this plugin in the palette, click Repositories > Artifact > zOS ExternalArtifactsDownload.


The following process steps are available in the External Artifact Repository plugin.

Download Artifacts

Download a z/OS package from an external artifact repository. The repository can be either a Nexus or Artifactory repository.

Input properties for the Download Artifacts step
Name Type Description Required
Repository URL String The URL of the repository. Yes
User Name String The user name used to authenticate with the repository. Yes
Repository Password String The password used to authenticate with the repository. Yes
Artifactory api key Boolean Check this box to use API key authentication with artifact repository. Doesn’t work with Nexus. No
Artifactory api key String The api key used to authenticate with the artifactory repository. No

Hidden input properties:

  • Select the Proxy checkbox to enable proxy connection to artifactory using passed Proxy Host and Port. Proxy does not work for Nexus.
  • Review with your security administrators before allowing insecure connection. The feature is disabled by default.