Globus is a secure and reliable research data management service. Using Globus, you can quickly transfer data between your local computer, Sockeye, Chinook, and many research computing endpoints worldwide. 

Using Globus 

Globus offers two primary user interfaces, the Globus web interface (file manager) and the Globus Command Line Interface (CLI). The web interface provides a clickable, graphical interface for managing files. The CLI provides an interface to Globus services from the shell, and is suitable for both interactive and simple scripting use cases.

Globus also provides an API and Python SDK for programmatic access.

See our About Globus and Using Globus technical documentation for more information on the above interfaces and setting up Globus endpoints.

Reach out to us at if you need help setting up GCP or GCS.

Globus Connect Personal

In addition to the above interfaces, Globus Connect Personal (GCP) may be installed in order to turn a local machine into a Globus endpoint. GCP allows Sockeye and Chinook users to transfer data between Sockeye or Chinook and their local computers, locally attached drives, or remotely attached network drives.

Globus Connect Server

Using Globus Connect Server (GCS) allows users to add a lab cluster, campus research computing system, or other multiuser HPC facilities as a Globus endpoint.

Note that GCS is designed for multi-user systems, and will typically be installed by a system administrator. If you would like to use your personal laptop or desktop computer with Globus, please install GCP instead for your specific operating system.

Globus Plus

Globus Plus is a feature that allows Globus users to share files from Globus endpoints. Globus Plus also enables users to transfer files between two personal Globus endpoints, i.e. computers on which they have installed GCP, such as a laptop or a desktop computer.


Do I Need Globus Plus?

Note that Globus Plus is not needed for all Globus users. If, for example, you want to share content on a server by using GCS, Globus Plus is not needed as it only works with GCP, and GCS would better suit your needs. You should only consider Globus Plus if the following use-cases are applicable to you:

  1. You would like to transfer files between two GCP endpoints.
  2. You would like to share files (i.e. Guest Collections) from GCP endpoints with research collaborators.

You may request Globus Plus by applying to join the University of British Columbia Globus Plus group. Join requests are reviewed by the ARC team before being approved. You may be contacted for additional details or to clarify your request.


For more general information about Globus and how it can help you manage your research data see the following Globus webpage.

For more detailed information about Globus and how to set it up see our About Globus and Using Globus pages.

Globus Plus Terms of Use 

For the Globus Plus Terms of Use, please refer to the UBC ARC Governance Documents page. 

If you have questions or require assistance with anything to do with Globus please contact us at

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