Alma and Primo Sandbox Inventory

Below is information on the Alma and Primo sandboxes currently available to the Alliance.

Alma Sandboxes

One Alma standard sandbox

Loaded with Ex Libris test data, approximately 70,000 records; Institution Zone and Community Zone only; no Primo installation interoperability. This sandbox is refreshed periodically to support project needs.

Seven Alma premium sandboxes

Note these have been shifted to point to the new Alma Premium Sandboxes as of Dec. 19, 2019. Premium sandboxes are automatically refreshed by Ex Libris twice a year, in February and August, on the Sunday after the Alma release on production environments.

All sandboxes were last refreshed from production in August 2021.

Anonymized Sandboxes

Not Anonymized (Institution Staff Testing Only)

Primo Sandboxes

One standard sandbox

Capacity of 6 million records (currently loaded with ~300,000); sample data loaded to this Primo installation; supports Primo Back Office and Front End (example view) access.  This Primo Sandbox supports the development work of the NRSG.

One premium sandbox

Containins full Alliance data and a card to support production server-level performance. Supports Primo Back Office and Front End (example view) access and can be integrated with the Alliance’s Alma Premium Primo sandboxes to test configuration changes.


The default data sources for the premium Primo sandbox are Alliance Alma production environments.

Please contact the Alliance’s Program Manager for Systems with any questions on these resources.