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Globus provides a secure, unified interface to your research data. Use Globus to 'fire and forget' high-performance data transfers between systems within and across organizations.

Documentation is sourced from and edited for the UAB environment

1. Log in with an existing identity

Visit and click "Login" at the top of the page. On the Globus login page, choose an organization you’re already registered with, such as your school or your employer. (Try typing a few letters of your organization’s name to narrow the list.) When you find it, click "Continue."" If you can’t find your organization in the list, you can use Google, ORCID, or Globus ID, all three of which allow you to create new accounts if you don’t already have one.


You’ll be redirected to your organization’s login page. Use your credentials for that organization to login.

Some organizations will ask for your permission to release your account information to Globus.

Once you’ve logged in with your organization, Globus will ask if you’d like to link to an existing account. If this is your first time logging in to Globus, click "Continue." If you’ve already used another account with Globus, you can choose "Link to an existing account."

You may be prompted to provide additional information such as your organization and whether or not Globus will be used for commercial purposes. Complete the form and click "Continue."

Finally, you need to give Globus permission to use your identity to access information and perform actions (like file transfers) on your behalf.

2. The File Manager

After you’ve signed up and logged in to Globus, you’ll begin at the File Manager.


The first time you use the File Manager, all fields will be blank.

3. Access a collection

Click in the Collection field at the top of the File Manager page and type "globus tutorial end". Globus will list collections with matching names. The collections Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1 and Globus Tutorial Endpoint 2 are collections administered by the Globus team for demonstration purposes and are accessible to all Globus users without further authentication.

If you search for "uab", the collections "Cheaha cluster on-campus (UAB Science DMZ)" and "Cheaha cluster off-campus (UAB Science DMZ)"

The on-campus endpoint is to be used when transferring data to or from a non-Cheaha location within the UAB network. The off-campus endpoint is to be used when transferring data to or from a location that is outside of the UAB network.


After you select a collection, you can enter a Cheaha location in the Path in the File manager (generally something like "/data/user/blazerid"

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