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Sign Me Up for the GENI Portal

Welcome to GENI!
This page tells you how to Sign Up for the GENI Portal. The portal is a web interface to the GENI Clearinghouse that manages GENI users, projects and slices. This account will provide you with the right credentials for using the GENI Testbed.
Login to GENI

In a hurry?

If you don't need explanations, you may follow one of the following links. If you're not sure what to do, skip these links for just a minute, and read on.

Visit new GENI project page to start a new project as the project lead.

Visit join a GENI project page to join an existing GENI project. (You'll need to know the project name.)

GENI Projects and Experimenters

Every GENI experimenter must be associated with at least one GENI project.

A GENI project is a group of people working together for a particular purpose. For example, a project might be associated with

  • a particular lab or research group
  • a class

A GENI project has a single project lead. The project lead is the primary point of contact for any issues with the project. He or she may authorize new experimenters to join the project. A project lead is generally a faculty or senior staff member at a university, or the equivalent at other institutions.

In order to start a new GENI project, the project lead needs to provide some straightforward information.

  • Project name: A brief (up to 16 characters) name for your project, so we can identify it quickly. Including your school name and/or experiment name is helpful. Try to avoid words like "GENI," "project," "test," or "experiment," which don't really help to distinguish among different projects.
  • Contact information for the project lead: so we can reach you with questions, or if something seems amiss. Contact information should be accurate.
  • Basic information about your project: so we can understand how GENI is being used.

Getting your credentials, step-by-step

GENI credentials identify you as an experimenter and enable you to request GENI resources. Your credentials are for your personal use only.

If you are starting a new project, follow the instructions under "New projects."

If you are joining an existing project, obtain the name of the project from the project lead (usually the responsible faculty member), and follow the instructions under "Existing projects."

If you run into trouble along the way, contact the GENI help team at

New projects

  1. The project lead visits the new GENI project page, and provides the requested information.
  2. GENI staff review the project request.
  3. The project lead is notified via email when the new project is created.
  4. The project lead follows the instructions in the notification email to confirm account creation.
  5. (Optional) If the project lead has not already had a discussion with the GENI help team, we suggest that he or she contact us at This step is not required, but experience shows that projects are much more likely to be successful with a little getting-started advice. Really, we don't bite, and we'll try to help.
  6. Project leads may stop here or advise additional team members to join the project, following the steps below.

Existing projects

  1. A new project member joins an existing project by visiting the join a GENI project page and providing the requested information, including the name of the project.
  2. The project lead is notified of the request via email.
  3. The project lead follows the instructions in the notification email to approve the new user request.
  4. The new project member is notified via email when his or her request is approved.
  5. The new project member follows the instructions in the notification email to confirm account creation.

Now what?

Congratulations! You have your GENI credentials and you're good to go.

If you're not sure how to proceed from here, you may want to try one of these GENI tools:

Flack is a graphical user interface for finding and requesting GENI resources. It runs in your browser.

Omni is a command-line tool for finding and requesting GENI resources. You download omni and run it on your computer.

Once you are familiar with one of these basic tools, some sample experiments that you may want to try or modify are available at GENIExperimenterWelcome.