Globus Connect Personal allows you to share and transfer files to and from your Apple laptop or desktop computer — even if it’s behind a firewall. Follow the steps below to turn your personal computer into a Globus endpoint.


Click here to create a Globus Connect Personal endpoint and follow the instructions below.

  1. Type a name for your endpoint. This name can be anything you choose, as long as you haven’t previously created another endpoint with the same name.

  2. Click "Generate Setup Key".

    gcp osx 1
  3. Click the clipboard icon next to the generated setup key to copy it to the clipboard. (Alternatively, you may manually select the key and copy it to the clipboard.)

  4. Click "for Mac OS X" to download the Mac OS X installer.

    gcp osx 2
  5. Open the downloaded file and drag the Globus Connect Personal application into your Applications folder.

    gcp osx 3
  6. Navigate to your Applications folder and double-click the Globus Connect Personal application to run it. If you are prompted to confirm that it is safe to run this application, click "Open".

    gcp osx 4
  7. Since this is the first time you are running Globus Connect Personal, the Initial Setup window will appear. Paste the key you generated in step 2 above. The "OK" button will be enabled if the key is valid. Click "OK" to complete the installation. (If the "OK" button is not enabled, please ensure you properly copied the entire key generated in step 2 above.)

    gcp osx 5

    Globus Connect Personal will connect to Globus and wait for transfer commands. You will see an icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen, indicating that Globus Connect Personal is running.

    gcp osx 6


Click the Globus Connect Personal icon in the main menu bar and select "Preferences…​" to configure Globus Connect Personal.

gcp osx 7

The "General" preferences tab allows you to specify how the Globus icon looks and whether the software should automatically check for updates. "Use black and white menu bar icons" changes the color of the Globus Connect Personal status icon in the menu bar. The two options in the middle determine how Globus Connect Personal should handle availability of a newer version. You should leave the "Automatically check for updates" option selected so that you are notified of important security updates. "Provide feedback with anonymous system profile information" periodically sends information to Globus so that we can continue to improve the user experience. No personally identifiable information is ever transmitted and we encourage you to leave this option selected so we can make Globus Connect Personal better for all.

gcp osx 8
Figure 1. General Preferences Tab

The "Access" preferences tab lists accessible directories for file transfer and sharing and provides more control over what information is accessible on your Globus Connect Personal endpoint. By default, your home directory (e.g.: /Users/demodoc) is read/write accessible. The "Deny access to hidden (e.g. security) files in your home directory" option controls whether or not you can access hidden files (i.e. filenames beginning with "."") in your home directory. By default, Globus Connect Personal does not allow access to files like: ~/.globusonline and ~/.ssh.

gcp osx 9
Figure 2. Access Tab

Click the "+" icon and select a folder to make it accessible for transfers. To allow a folder to be shared with others, add it to the accessible list and check the "Sharable" box.


You must be a Globus Plus user to share files and folders. If you are not a Globus Plus user, click the "Enable sharing" icon and follow the instructions.

If you remove everything from the access list, no files will be accessible on your Globus Connect Personal endpoint and you will be prompted to add accessible paths. You can either click "+" and add directories and files, or click "Reset to Defaults".
gcp osx 10

The Info tab displays internal configuration information that’s helpful in troubleshooting any issues you encounter. You may be asked to provide this information if you contact Globus support about a problem with your Globus Connect Personal endpoint.

gcp osx 11
Figure 3. Info Tab

Removing Globus Connect Personal

If you remove Globus Connect Personal, you will not be able to transfer files to or from your personal computer using Globus, and any files you have shared with other Globus users will no longer be accessible to them. To remove Globus Connect Personal:

  1. Click the Globus Connect Personal icon in the main menu bar and select "Preferences…​".

    gcp osx 7
  2. Click "Delete Globus Connect Personal configuration and exit".

    gcp osx 12
  3. Click "Delete & Exit" to remove all Globus Connect Personal settings from your computer.

    gcp osx 13
  4. Navigate to your Applications directory and delete the Globus Connect Personal application.