Last Updated: May 12, 2016

This page includes information about the Globus legacy hosted CLI, which provides a restricted shell that users can log into and access the Globus transfer service.

Note:We strongly recommend that you consider using the newer standalone Globus CLI application whenever possible.

You will need an SSH key in order to access the legacy Globus command line interface (CLI). If you don’t already have an SSH key, instructions for creating one are available here.

Once you have an SSH key, follow the directions below to associate your SSH key with your Globus account:

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in with your Globus ID account and select "manage SSH and X.509 keys".

  3. Click "Add a New Key".

  4. Enter a descriptive name in the "Alias" field.

  5. Select "SSH Public key" and copy & paste your public key into the "body" field. Note: On a Mac OS X or Linux/Unix system, your key is usually found in ~/.ssh/

  6. Click "Add Key" to save.

It will take a few minutes for the SSH key to propagate through the system. You may then access the CLI by typing:

$ ssh <globus_username>
Welcome to, <globus_username>. Type 'help' for help.
$ _
Note:If you receive a "permission denied" error, please ensure that your key files have permissions set to read-only (e.g. on Linux/Mac, run: chmod 400 ~/.ssh/id_*)

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