Globus Command Line Interface

If you wish to utilize the Globus transfer tools from the command line, you can download the Globus Command Line Interface (CLI). It is available as a Python package.

Installing the Required Tools

Since the tool is a Python package, you will need Python installed, as well as the pip installer.

  • Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get install python
    sudo apt-get install python-pip
    export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"
    echo 'export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"' >> "$HOME/.bashrc"
  • CentOS:

    sudo yum install python
    sudo yum install python-pip
    export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"
    echo 'export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"' >> "$HOME/.bashrc"
  • macOS:

    sudo easy_install python
    sudo easy_install pip
    export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"
    echo 'export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"' >> "$HOME/.bashrc"

    Some versions of Python will not be installed in ~/.local. If you have trouble getting globus commands to execute, try the following commands to change the path:

    GLOBUS_CLI_INSTALL_DIR="$(python -c 'import site; print(site.USER_BASE)')/bin"
    echo 'export PATH="'"$GLOBUS_CLI_INSTALL_DIR"':$PATH"' >> "$HOME/.bashrc"
  • Windows:

    • The Windows package manager "Chocolatey" is recommended for installation. See here for Chocolatey installation instructions.

    • To install Python and pip, see here.

  • All Operating Systems: To install the Globus CLI, use the following command: pip install --upgrade --user globus-cli.

Optional: if you wish to use the Globus CLI from within a python virtual environment, see instructions here. Otherwise, you may continue using this guide.

To start, you will need to log in to Globus: globus login. Follow the instructions to get logged in. A browser window may appear.

To make sure that your login was successful, type globus get-identities '[email protected]'. A successful output will look something like this: c698d42e-d274-11e5-bf75-1fc5bf53bb56.

Globus CLI Basics

  • Endpoint Search

    $ globus endpoint search 'CCLA HPC'
    ID | Owner | Display Name
    ------------------------------------ | --------------------- | --------------
    57230a10-7ba2-77e7-8c3b-22555b9923ef | [email protected] | CCLAHPC
  • Endpoint Management

    • Use variables for endpoint IDs: Endpoint IDs are cumbersome. You cannot rename them, but you can store them as variables. For example:


      Now you can use the variable to display information and manage files (with truncated output):

      $ globus endpoint show $epCCLA-HPC
      Display Name: CCLA-HPC
      ID: 57230a10-7ba2-77e7-8c3b-225550b9923ef
      Activated: True
      Shareable: True
      Department: CCLA
      Organization: Doane Univ
      Department: CCLA
      Visibility: True
      Default Directory: /~/
      Force Encryption: False
      Managed Endpoint: True
    • Make a directory:

      globus mkdir $epCCLAHPC:~/example_dir
    • List the contents of a directory:

      $ globus ls $epCCLAHPC:~/
    • File transfer between endpoints:

      • First, search for a second endpoint. Then set that endpoint as a Bash variable.

        $ globus endpoint search 'Globus Tutorial Endpoint' \
        --filter-owner-id 'c699d42e-d274-11e5-bf75-1fc5bf53bb24'
        Owner | ID | Display Name
        --------------- | ------------------------------------ | ---------------------------
        [email protected] | ddb59aef-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec | Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1
        [email protected] | ddb59af0-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec | Globus Tutorial Endpoint 2
        [email protected] | cf9bcaa5-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec | Globus S3 Tutorial Endpoint
        $ epGLOBUS1=ddb59aef-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec
      • Make a single file transfer from epCCLAHPC to epGLOBUS1.

        globus transfer $epCCLAHPC:/ccla-user-guide.pdf $epGLOBUS:~/ccla-user-guide.pdf \
        --label "user-guide"
      • Make a batch transfer.

        $ globus transfer $epCCLAHPC:/example_dir/ $epGLOBUS:~/ \
        --batch --label "CCLA Batch" < in.txt

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