Getting Started

This Getting Started guide will walk you through the initial steps of setting up the necessary accounts and installing the required software before moving to the Tapis Quickstart. If you are already using Docker Hub and the TACC Cloud APIs, feel free to jump right to the Tapis Quickstart or check out the Tapis Live Docs site.

Account Creation and Software Installation

Create a TACC account

The main instance of the Tapis platform is hosted at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). TACC designs and deploys some of the world’s most powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions to enable researchers to answer complex questions. To use the TACC-hosted Tapis platform, please create a TACC account .

Tapis Quickstart

In this Quickstart, we will use the Tapis APIs to manage files on a TACC storage system. To begin we use our credentials to get a Tapis token from the authenticator. For this quickstart, we will be using the tacc tenant with base URL

With CURL:

$ curl -H "Content-type: application/json" -d '{"username": "apitest", "password": "abcde123", "grant_type": "password" }' \

Be sure to export the access token returned from the above CURL command as an environment variable:

$ export JWT=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiJ9.eyJqdGkiOiJmN2....

With PySDK

from tapipy.tapis import Tapis
# Create python Tapis client for user
t = Tapis(base_url= "", username="your_tacc_username", password="your_tacc_password")
# Call to Tokens API to get access token

Now that we have an access token, we are ready to create a Tapis system. For this quick-start, we will register an S3 bucket we have pre-create with Amazon’s AWS S3 service.

We assume an S3 bucket has been registered with AWS with URL https://<your_bucket_id> and that you have access to the bucket accessKey and accessSecret.

To register the S3 bucket with Tapis we do the following:

With PySDK

# the description of an S3 bucket
s3_bucket = {
  "description":"Test Tapis Bucket",
  "jobCanExec": False,

# create the system in Tapis**s3_bucket)

The output should look similar to the following; it describes the System that was just created:

accessCredential: None
bucketName: my.test.bucket
created: 2020-06-25T16:11:52.543Z
defaultAccessMethod: ACCESS_KEY
deleted: False
description: Test Tapis Bucket
effectiveUserId: <your_tacc_username>
enabled: False
id: 2
jobCanExec: False
jobCapabilities: []
jobLocalArchiveDir: None
jobLocalWorkingDir: None
jobRemoteArchiveDir: None
jobRemoteArchiveSystem: None
name: tapis-demo

owner: <yout_tacc_username>
port: 0
proxyPort: 0
rootDir: /
systemType: OBJECT_STORE
tags: []
tenant: dev
transferMethods: ['S3']
updated: 2020-06-25T16:11:52.543Z
useProxy: False

We are now able to list files in our bucket using the Files API.

With PySDK

t.files.listFiles(systemId="my.test.bucket", path="/")

The output should include a list of all files in the bucket; for example

 lastModified: 2020-06-12T16:29:10Z
 name: Bora2.jpg
 path: Bora2.jpg
 size: 390672,

 lastModified: 2020-07-21T16:27:53Z
 name: plot_2020-07-21T01:29:26.640144Z.png
 path: plot_2020-07-21T01:29:26.640144Z.png
 size: 31211