This tutorial is designed to allow you to practice and get familiar with the Tapis enviornment.


In order to navigate this tutorial you should have knowledge and familiarity with the following items:

Possess a TACC user account

In order to obtain a TACC user-account, first you must proceed to https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/account-request?p_p_id=createaccount_WAR_createaccountportlet&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_createaccount_WAR_createaccountportlet_action=continue

  • At the bottom of the page there is a button to click and accept. Click that button.
  • At the next page you must fill out your contact information.

Quick Start Tutorial

This quick start guide is designed to show you how to do the following:

  1. Create an Oauth Client.
  2. Submit a job using a public image classifyApp.
  3. Retrieve job output information.

Create an OAuth client

Most requests to the Tapis REST APIs require authorization; that is, the user must have granted permission for an application to access the requested data.

Step 1: Create an Oauth Client by entering the following curl command:

curl -sku "$API_USERNAME" -X POST \
-d "clientName=my_cli_app&description=Client app used for scripting up cool stuff" \

Create a variable for the client key and secret by entering:

export key=<client key>
export secret=<secret>

Step 2: Generate an access token by entering the following curl command:

curl -v -u $key:$secret -X POST
-d 'grant_type=password&username=<username>&password=<password>&scope=PRODUCTION'

Once you have obtained that token, save it as a variable by entering the following command

export tok=<TOKEN>

For more information please see:

OAuth tutorial: https://tacc.github.io/CSC2017Institute/docs/day2/Intro_Agave_OAuth.html

Running a job

Now you are ready to run a Tapis Job. The Tapis Jobs is the service that allows you to run applications registered with the Tapis Apps service across multiple, distributed, heterogeneous systems through a common REST interface.

For this tutorial we have registered an Image Classifier App using Tapis Apps Service. Tapis.app.imageclassify-1.0u3 is a public app that uses public storage and execution systems. Follow the steps below to submit the Tapis Job and view the output.

Step 1: Crafting the job definition:

Create the following file jobs.json



Job parameters used referred in the definition above are:

  • name- The user selected name for the job.
  • appId- The unique ID (name + version) of the application run by this job. This must be a valid application that the user has permission to run.
  • archive- Whether the job output should be archived. When true, all new files created during job execution will be moved to the Archive Path on the Archive system.
  • memoryPerNode- The memory requested for each node on which the job runs. Values are expressed as [num][units], where num can be a decimal number and units can be KB, MB, GB, TB (default = GB). Examples include 200MB, 1.5GB and 5.

Step 2: Submit the job by using the curl-command below:

curl -sk -H "Authorization: Bearer $tok" -X POST -d @jobs.json \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" https://api.tacc.utexas.edu/jobs

Note: Please make sure to run it from the same folder where you have created jobs.json You should see a message “Successfully submitted job job-id”. Everytime you submit a job, a unique job id is created.

Job output

You can check the status of the job and receive the output of the job at the same time.

Type in the curl command below:

curl -sk -H "Authorization: Bearer $tok" https://api.tacc.utexas.edu/jobs/v2/$job_id/outputs/listings/?pretty=true


You can download the files if you want by entering in the command:

curl -sk -H "Authorization: Bearer $tok" https://api.tacc.utexas.edu/jobs/v2/$job_id/outputs/media/$PATH