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Globus Gridftp is a standard and free open-source software for robust data transfer, in particular large large amounts of data without having to monitor the connection, and can work transparently through firewalls. Globus Connect, also known as shortly Globus, is a convenient software-as-service subscription from the University of Chicago providing access to a network of computers running the Globus software.


Globus Connect basics

Globus Connect data transfer runs between two software installations, called endpoints. The transfer is initiated and can be monitored from a web interface. There are two kinds of endpoints, Server and Personal. A subscription is required to run a Server endpoint or for transfer between two Personal endpoints. Without subscription, at least one of the endpoints needs to be a Server endpoint. Users gain access to a Server endpoint by existing login credentials to that endpoint, such as system login and password, federated login, or a token. A Personal endpoint runs as the user and does not require any additional authentication.

With a subscription, you can set up your own Globus Server endpoints connecting to your own account at a cloud platform, such as Google Drive or Amazon S3, but there seem to be no general, publicly accessible Globus endpoints on such cloud platforms.

How to connect to Globus

CU Denver does not have Globus subscription and thus we do not have any Globus Connect Server endpoints. But you can install Globus Personal endpoint in your account on our Linux servers.

  • Create the name and key for the endpoint in your account on the Linux server: Log into, make an account if you need to. Click Endpoints -> Add Globus Connect Personal Endpoint -> Display name. Choose a name and press the Copy button to copy the key.
  • Log into your account on the Linux server. Install the endpoint from command line, following the instructions from with a grain of salt:
mkdir globus; cd globus
tar xvfz globusconnectpersonal-latest.tgz
cd globusconnectpersonal-2.3.3  # replace the numbers by the version from the downloaded file
./globusconnectpersonal -setup the-key-you-copied-above # use your Paste keyboard shortcut
  • Run the endpoint:
screen -S globus
./globusconnectpersonal -start
  • Kill the terminal window or detach from the terminal session by Ctrl-A d. Your endpoint now runs in a virtual terminal until system reboot. You can reconnect to the virtual terminal if you need to by screen -r globus
  • Go to your account on and search for your personal endpoint name. You can now transfer data between this endpoint and any Server endpoint you have credentials for.
  • Optional: Make a Personal endpoint on your computer. Log into, click Endpoints -> Add Globus Connect Personal Endpoint -> Display name. Copy the key, click the download link for your computer type, and follow instructions. You can now transfer data between any Server endpoint and your computer.

Security notes

  • Personal endpoint appears to make an outgoing connection which is typically not blocked by firewalls and does not need any incoming ports open.
  • Personal endpoint runs as you and in principle it has access to any files on the computer that you have.
  • Personal endpoint seems to refuse access to files outside of your home directory, even if they are owned by you, such as on another disk.
  • Your personal endpoint is visible to anyone but it is accessible from your own Globus account only.

Works with

This guide was tested in the following environments. It should work in other cases too.

  • Globus connect software and servers as of December 2017
  • CENTOS 6.5, 6.8, 6.9, OSX 10.11

Some Globus Connect Server endpoints

External links "dropbox for big data" : Globus Connect Personal can execute a transfer as long as either the source or destination endpoint has a routable IP address (which is the case for almost all Globus Connect Server endpoints). Example ...expect to become eligible for HIPAA business associate agreements in mid-2018.

Personal tools