Access DataHub from a Virtual machine

Use data in EGI DataHub from a virtual machine


This tutorial describes the access to EGI DataHub spaces from a virtual machine. In the following paragraphs you will learn how to access data remotely stored in EGI DataHub like if they were local, using traditional POSIX command-line commands, by:

  • installing the oneclient component
  • configuring access to an EGI DataHub Oneprovider via oneclient


In order to access the EGI DataHub data you need an EGI Check-in account. If you don’t have one yet you can Sign up for an EGI account.

Oneclient installation

The installation of oneclient package is currently supported for:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa)
  • CentOS 7
  • CentOS 8 Stream

Alternatively a docker based installation is also provided.

Oneclient installation via packages

Use the following command in order to install the oneclient package in a supported OS:

$ curl -sS | bash

This will also install the needed dependencies.

Oneclient installation via docker

In order to use the Dockerized version of oneclient (provided that you have docker installed), you can run the following command:

$ docker run -it --privileged -v $PWD:/mnt/src --entrypoint bash onedata/oneclient:20.02.15

This command will also expose the current folder to the container (as /mnt/src) to ease the transfer of data.

Getting the token to access data

In order to access data stored in EGI DataHub via oneclient, you need to get an API access token.

Using oneclient

Once you have acquired a token valid for oneclient you can configure it on the environment as follows:


You must also configure in the environment the provider you would like to connect to. The EGI DataHub offers a PLAYGROUND space hosted by the Oneprovider which is accessible for testing by anyone with a valid EGI Check-in account.

Therefore the access to that particular space can be configured as follows:

$ export

Now in order to access data from a local folder you need to run the following commands:

$ mkdir /tmp/space
$ oneclient /tmp/space

and then all usual file and folder operations (POSIX) will be available:

$ root@222d3ceb86df:/tmp/space# ls -l
total 0

drwxrwxr-x 1 root    root    0 Jan 28 16:56  PLAYGROUND

Creating a file into the folder will push it to the Oneprovider and it will be accessible in the web interface and from other providers supporting the space.

By using the default settings you can see all the spaces you have access to, but it will also be possible to specify a specific space to access using the option --space <space>.

Oneclient offers a lot of other options for configuration (e.g. buffer size, direct I/O, etc) which are listed when you type the oneclient command without any argument.