Open OnDemand

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Attention: Research Computing Documentation has Moved

Please use the new documentation url for all Research Computing documentation needs.

As a result of this move, we have deprecated use of this wiki for documentation. We are providing read-only access to the content to facilitate migration of bookmarks and to serve as an historical record. All content updates should be made at the new documentation site. The original wiki will not receive further updates.

Thank you,

The Research Computing Team


Open OnDemand is a graphical, web-based cluster interface software produced by Ohio Supercomputer Center. The software is installed on the UAB cluster fabric and allows a number of interactions with Cheaha in a consistent and user-friendly environment, all within a web browser. Chrome is preferred, but it appears to work with Firefox as well. Our instance of Open OnDemand is available at

Features of Open OnDemand include:

  • Filesystem browser
  • Text file editor
  • Image viewer
  • Job composer and saveable templates
  • Active job list
  • Terminal
  • Interactive applications, with in-browser remote desktop experience
  • Web server interactive applications
  • Per-user application sandbox for deploying custom graphical applications

Interactive applications include:

  • Desktop environment
  • ANSYS (only available to licensed users)
  • IGV
  • SAS

Web server interactive applications include:

  • Jupyter
  • RStudio




For more information on IGV please see OOD IGV.


For more information on using the application sandbox please see Open OnDemand Sandbox.