NOTE: The apptainer repo is currently working towards a v1.0.0 release and not ready for production in its current state. Until then, use the Singularity Repo for a production ready version.
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What is Apptainer?
Apptainer is an open source container platform designed to be simple, fast, and secure. Many container platforms are available, but Apptainer is designed for ease-of-use on shared systems and in high performance computing (HPC) environments. It features:
- An immutable single-file container image format, supporting cryptographic signatures and encryption.
- Integration over isolation by default. Easily make use of GPUs, high speed networks, parallel filesystems on a cluster or server.
- Mobility of compute. The single file SIF container format is easy to transport and share.
- A simple, effective security model. You are the same user inside a container as outside, and cannot gain additional privilege on the host system by default.
Apptainer is open source software, distributed under the BSD License.
Getting Started with Apptainer
System administrators can learn how to configure Apptainer, and get an overview of its architecture and security features in the administrator guide.
For users, see the user guide for details on how to run and build containers with Apptainer.
Contributing to Apptainer
Community contributions are always greatly appreciated. To start developing Apptainer, check out the guidelines for contributing.
Please note we have a code of conduct. Please follow it in all your interactions with the project members and users.
Our roadmap, other documents, and user/developer meeting information can be found in the apptainer community page.
To get help with Apptainer, check out the Apptainer Help web page.
Go Version Compatibility
Apptainer aims to maintain support for the two most recent stable versions of Go. This corresponds to the Go Release Maintenance Policy and Security Policy, ensuring critical bug fixes and security patches are available for all supported language versions.
Apptainer can be cited using its former name Singularity.
The Singularity software may be cited using our Zenodo DOI
Singularity Developers (2021) Singularity. 10.5281/zenodo.1310023 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1310023
This is an 'all versions' DOI for referencing Singularity in a manner that is not version-specific. You may wish to reference the particular version of Singularity used in your work. Zenodo creates a unique DOI for each release, and these can be found in the 'Versions' sidebar on the Zenodo record page.
Please also consider citing the original publication describing Singularity:
Kurtzer GM, Sochat V, Bauer MW (2017) Singularity: Scientific containers for mobility of compute. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177459. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177459
Unless otherwise noted, this project is licensed under a 3-clause BSD license found in the license file.