An application offering enables users to run a particular application in a cloud through a particular Subscription.

See the section Catalog Introduction in order to see what the different categories of catalog items mean (plugin, application, subscription, application offering).


Login to the Research Cloud portal.

When you are a developer-member in one of your Collaborations (COs) you will see a downward arrow next to the "Catalog" tab.

(If you are not a developer, yet, see the Working Together section for more information on that.)


Clicking on this arrow renders a drop-down list:

You can choose to activate the conventional "Catalog" tab, but you can also choose to view and edit the different catalog items.

If you want to create a new application offering, click on the "Maintain application offers" item.

Your browser will show a list of the application offerings that are available to you. "Available" means  that either you are a member of a CO, that is allowed to use a particular application offering or that you are a member of a CO that "owns" an application offering.

The application offerings you are one of the owners of will be shown with an extra "edit" and "delete" option (marked red):


But let's assume that you do not "own" any application offerings, yet.

(More precisely: "None of the COs you are a developer in owns any application offerings.")

Being a developer in a CO, you can create a new application offering for that CO.

Click on the "+" symbol in the upper right of the page:


An "Add application offer" mask is displayed within the existing list:


Here, you can fill in the properties of your new application offering.

  • Name: A short and significant name that reflects the purpose of the application offering.
  • Subtitle: A still short complement to the name. The subtitle will often be displayed along with the name.
  • Description: A (possibly extended) description of the application offering.
  • Application: Select the application that you want to expose through this application offering.
  • Subscription: Select the Subscription through which the required cloud capacity will be acquired. If you see no available Subscription, check with your institution or with SURF how you can get access to a Subscription for a cloud. When creating plugins and applications, you will need a Subscription at least in order to test your new catalog items.
  • Flavours: Select in which "sizes" this application offering will be available. Select all or a subset of the flavours of the Subscription.
  • CO owner: Select the CO from which you want to further develop, maintain and share this application offering. All members of the owner CO, also non-developers will be able to see and use the application offering.
  • Allowed COs: From the COs you are a developer in, compose a list of COs  that are allowed to see and use the plugin. The owner CO is a part of this list, automatically.

Application Parameters

The usage of parameters is explained on an extra page: Using Parameters.

You do not necessarily need parameters when starting to create application offerings.

Finish with "SUBMIT"

Click on "Submit" to save the new application offering. Make sure that it now appears in the total list of application offerings and that you can see an "Edit" and a "Delete" icon for it.

You can change all the properties of the application offering, later on. Just click on its "Edit" icon in the list.