The Met Office's ANcillary Tools and Suites (ANTS) is available in a Singularity container. It is available for download and is also installed on ARCHER2 and JASMIN. It is not available on MONSOON as the OS is too old to use Singularity. The latest ANTS version is v0.15. Documentation on ANTS is here:

The container consists of the full ANTS anaconda environment.

IRIS, MULE and shumlib are also installed in the container as dependencies.

The container uses Singularity.

Container details

Locate or obtain container


  • On ARCHER:
    export ANTS_CONTAINER=/work/y07/shared/umshared/ANTS/latest/ants_latest.sif
  • On JASMIN:
    export ANTS_CONTAINER=/home/users/siwilson/ANTS/latest/ants_latest.sif
  • Else obtain container from Singularity Cloud. Note: Singularity v3.5+ required:
    singularity pull library://simonwncas/default/ants:latest
    export ANTS_CONTAINER=/path/to/container/ants_latest.sif

Usage details

The UM Ancillaries are required to run ANTS.

  • On ARCHER these are in $UMDIR/ancils
  • On JASMIN these are in /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1/umshared_backup/ancil. You will need to apply to access the rdf_migrate gws.

To use the container:

singularity shell [-B /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1] $ANTS_CONTAINER

Will start an interactive shell inside the container. The ANTS python environment and tools are then used as usual. -B /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1 is required on JASMIN to access the UM ancil directory.

singularity exec [-B /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1] $ANTS_CONTAINER

will run an ANTS application directly. This command can be aliased to replace the application call in a script. eg.

alias'singularity exec [-B /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1] $ANTS_CONTAINER'

To start the ANTS enabled python directly

singularity exec [-B /gws/nopw/j04/rdf_migrate_vol1] $ANTS_CONTAINER python

The contrib tools are under /opt/ants_contrib in the container.

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