1. Getting TK4- MVS Sofware
  2. Get wc3270 Terminal Emulator
  3. Install wc3270 Terminal Emulator
  4. Install and Run MVS 3.8j
  5. Logging In to/Out of MVS 3.8j
  6. Shutting down MVS 3.8j from TSO
  7. Using TSO RFE Application
  8. Adding a User
  9. Creating Datasets
  10. JCL Overview
  11. Your First Cobol Program
  12. Your First Assembler Program
  13. Your First Fortran Program
  14. Your First PL/1 Program

Getting MVS 3.8j Turnkey TK4-

In the early 1960s and 1970s for various reasons IBM did not copyright their MVS Operating System and Languages. Due to the efforts of Volker Bandke, MVS 3.8j was made available to to run on the Hercules mainframe emaulator created through the efforts of Jay Maynard and others. More recently J├╝rgen Winkelmann modified the Turnkey 3 system with a number of improvements and released it as Turnkey 4-. As a result you can now run a mainframe operating system on Windows, Linux, and Mac computers. I even have it running on a Raspberry PI 3. This page explains how to get and install Tur(n)key MVS 3.8j 4-.

The distribution for MVS 3.8j can be found at this link.

It will bring up a web page looking like:


Towards the bottom of this page you want to download the tk4-_v1.00_current.zip link. Once that link has been downloaded you will want to unzip it in the directory where you will run the application from. I recommend using the directory "mainframe" or "tk4-mvs".