ARC SDK Documentation

The ARC Software Development Kit (SDK) is a set of tools that allow manipulation of jobs and data in a Grid environment. The SDK is divided into a set of modules which take care of different aspects of Grid interaction.

In the figure below an overview of the SDK is illustrated, showing software components depending on the SDK, supported security standards and in particular plugins providing functionality for different index and registry services, local information systems, job submission and management interfaces, matching and ranking algorithms, data access protocols and job description languages.

The version of the SDK that this documentation refers to can be found from ARC_VERSION. The ARC release corresponding to the SDK version can be found using the "SVN tag" column in the table at

Quick Start

The following code is a minimal example showing how to submit a job to a Grid resource using the ARC SDK. For futher examples see the list of all examples.

#include <arc/Logger.h>
#include <arc/UserConfig.h>
#include <arc/compute/Endpoint.h>
#include <arc/compute/Job.h>
#include <arc/compute/JobDescription.h>
#include <arc/compute/Submitter.h>
#include <arc/compute/JobInformationStorage.h>
int main() {
// Set up logging to stderr with level VERBOSE (a lot of output will be shown)
Arc::LogStream logcerr(std::cerr);
Arc::Logger logger(Arc::Logger::getRootLogger(), "jobsubmit");
// UserConfig contains information on credentials and default services to use.
// This form of the constructor is necessary to initialise the local job list.
Arc::UserConfig usercfg("", "");
// Simple job description which outputs hostname to stdout
std::string jobdesc("&(executable=/bin/hostname)(stdout=stdout)");
// Parse job description
std::list<Arc::JobDescription> jobdescs;
if (!Arc::JobDescription::Parse(jobdesc, jobdescs)) {
logger.msg(Arc::ERROR, "Invalid job description");
return 1;
// Use top-level NorduGrid information index to find resources
Arc::Endpoint index("ldap://,o=grid",
std::list<Arc::Endpoint> services(1, index);
// Do the submission
std::list<Arc::Job> jobs;
Arc::Submitter submitter(usercfg);
if (submitter.BrokeredSubmit(services, jobdescs, jobs) != Arc::SubmissionStatus::NONE) {
logger.msg(Arc::ERROR, "Failed to submit job");
return 1;
// Write information on submitted job to local job list (~/.arc/jobs.xml)
Arc::JobInformationStorageXML jobList(usercfg.JobListFile());
if (!jobList.Write(jobs)) {
logger.msg(Arc::WARNING, "Failed to write to local job list %s", usercfg.JobListFile());
// Job submitted ok
std::cout << "Job submitted with job id " << jobs.front().JobID << std::endl;
return 0;

This code can be compiled with

g++ -o submit -I/usr/include/libxml2 `pkg-config --cflags glibmm-2.4` -l arccompute submit.cpp

And this example shows how to copy a file to or from the Grid:

#include <arc/Logger.h>
#include <arc/URL.h>
#include <arc/UserConfig.h>
#include <arc/data/DataHandle.h>
#include <arc/data/DataMover.h>
int main(int argc, char** argv) {
// Set up logging to stderr with level VERBOSE (a lot of output will be shown)
Arc::LogStream logcerr(std::cerr);
if (argc != 3) {
logger.msg(Arc::ERROR, "Usage: copy source destination");
return 1;
// Set up source and destination objects
Arc::UserConfig usercfg;
Arc::URL src_url(argv[1]);
Arc::URL dest_url(argv[2]);
Arc::DataHandle src_handle(src_url, usercfg);
Arc::DataHandle dest_handle(dest_url, usercfg);
// Transfer should be insecure by default (most servers don't support encryption)
// and passive if the client is behind a firewall;
// If caching and URL mapping are not necessary default constructed objects can be used
// Call DataMover to do the transfer
Arc::DataStatus result = mover.Transfer(*src_handle, *dest_handle, cache, map);
if (!result.Passed()) {
logger.msg(Arc::ERROR, "Copy failed: %s", std::string(result));
return 1;
return 0;

This example can be compiled with

g++ -o copy -I/usr/include/libxml2 `pkg-config --cflags glibmm-2.4` -l arcdata copy.cpp