A free and open source platform for big data science

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What is Arvados

Arvados is a platform for managing compute and storage for cloud and HPC clusters. It allows you to track your methods and datasets, share them securely, and easily re-run analyses. It also make it possible to run analysis across multiple clusters (HPC, cloud, or hybrid) with Federated Multi-Cluster Workflows.

Support and Community

The arvados community channel at is available for live discussion and community support. There is also a mailing list.

Curii Corporation provides managed Arvados installations as well as commercial support for Arvados. Please contact for more information.


Please visit the developer site. Arvados is 100% free and open source software, check out the code on github.

Arvados is under active development, see the recent developer activity.


Most of Arvados is licensed under the GNU AGPL v3. The SDKs are licensed under the Apache License 2.0 so that they can be incorporated into proprietary code. See the COPYING file for more information.

More in-depth guides

User Guide — How to manage data and do analysis with Arvados.

SDK Reference — Details about the accessing Arvados from various programming languages.

Arvados Architecture — Details about the the Arvados components and architecture.

API Reference — Details about the the Arvados REST API.

Admin Guide — Details about administering an Arvados cluster.

Install Guide — How to install Arvados.

The content of the above documentation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license. Code samples in the above documentation are licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.