V4 signing process with Cloud Storage tools

This page describes how to use gsutil and Cloud Storage Client Libraries to easily generate signed URLs. Signed URLs give time-limited read or write access to a specific Cloud Storage resource. Anyone in possession of the signed URL can use it while it's active, regardless of whether they have a Google account. To learn more about signed URLs, see the Overview of Signed URLs. To create signed URLs on your own, see V4 Signing Process With Your Own Program.

To generate a signed URL:

gsutil

  1. Generate a new private key, or use an existing private key for a service account. The key can be in either JSON or PKCS12 format.

    For more information on private keys and service accounts, see Service Accounts.

  2. Use the gsutil signurl command, passing in the path to the private key from the previous step and the name of the bucket or object you want to generate a signed URL for.

    For example, using a key stored in the folder Desktop, the following command generates a signed URL for users to view the object cat.jpeg for 10 minutes.

    gsutil signurl -d 10m Desktop/private-key.json gs://example-bucket/cat.jpeg

If successful, your response should look like:

URL    HTTP Method    Expiration    Signed URL
gs://example-bucket/cat.jpeg GET 2018-10-26 15:19:52 https://storage.googleapis.
com/example-bucket/cat.jpeg?x-goog-signature=2d2a6f5055eb004b8690b9479883292ae74
50cdc15f17d7f99bc49b916f9e7429106ed7e5858ae6b4ab0bbbdb1a8ccc364dad3a0da2caebd308
87a70c5b2569d089ceb8afbde3eed4dff5086f0db5483998c175980991fe899fbd2cd8cb813b0016
5e8d56e0a8aa7b3d7a12ee1baa8400611040f05b50a1a8eab5ba223fe1375747748de950ec7a4dc5
0f8382a6ffd4994ac42498d7daa703d9a414d4475154d0e7edaa92d4f2507d92c1f7e8efa7cab64d
f68b5df48575b9259d8d0bdb5dc752bdf07bd162d98ff2924f2e4a26fa6b3cede73ad5333c47d146
a21c2ab2d97115986a12c68ff37346d6c2ca83e56b8ec8ad95632710b489b75c35697d781c38e&
x-goog-algorithm=GOOG4-RSA-SHA256&x-goog-credential=example%40example-project.
iam.gserviceaccount.com%2F20181026%2Fus%2Fstorage%2Fgoog4_request&x-goog-date=
20181026T211942Z&x-goog-expires=3600&x-goog-signedheaders=host

The signed URL is the string beginning with https://storage.googleapis.com and will likely extend for several lines. This URL can be used by any person to access the associated resource (in this case cat.jpeg) for the designated time frame (in this case, 10 minutes).

Code samples

C++

For more information, see the Cloud Storage C++ API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

namespace gcs = google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string bucket_name, std::string object_name) {
  StatusOr<std::string> signed_url = client.CreateV4SignedUrl(
      "GET", std::move(bucket_name), std::move(object_name),
      gcs::SignedUrlDuration(std::chrono::minutes(15)));

  if (!signed_url) {
    throw std::runtime_error(signed_url.status().message());
  }

  std::cout << "The signed url is: " << *signed_url << "\n\n"
            << "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:\n"
            << "curl '" << *signed_url << "'\n";
}

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

namespace gcs = google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string bucket_name, std::string object_name) {
  StatusOr<std::string> signed_url = client.CreateV4SignedUrl(
      "PUT", std::move(bucket_name), std::move(object_name),
      gcs::SignedUrlDuration(std::chrono::minutes(15)),
      gcs::AddExtensionHeader("content-type", "application/octet-stream"));

  if (!signed_url) {
    throw std::runtime_error(signed_url.status().message());
  }

  std::cout << "The signed url is: " << *signed_url << "\n\n"
            << "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:\n"
            << "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream'"
            << " --upload-file my-file '" << *signed_url << "'\n";
}

C#

For more information, see the Cloud Storage C# API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

private void GenerateV4SignedGetUrl(string bucketName, string objectName)
{
    UrlSigner urlSigner = UrlSigner
        .FromServiceAccountPath(Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS"))
        .WithSigningVersion(SigningVersion.V4);
    string url = urlSigner.Sign(bucketName, objectName, TimeSpan.FromHours(1), HttpMethod.Get);
    Console.WriteLine("Generated GET signed URL:");
    Console.WriteLine(url);
    Console.WriteLine("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:");
    Console.WriteLine($"curl '{url}'");
}

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

        private void GenerateV4SignedPutUrl(string bucketName, string objectName)
        {
            UrlSigner urlSigner = UrlSigner
                .FromServiceAccountPath(Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS"))
                .WithSigningVersion(SigningVersion.V4);

            var contentHeaders = new Dictionary<string, IEnumerable<string>>
            {
                { "Content-Type", new[] { "text/plain" } }
            };

            string url = urlSigner.Sign(bucketName, objectName, TimeSpan.FromHours(1), HttpMethod.Put, contentHeaders);
            Console.WriteLine("Generated PUT signed URL:");
            Console.WriteLine(url);
            Console.WriteLine("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:");
            Console.WriteLine($"curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: text/plain' --upload-file my-file '{url}'");
        }

Go

For more information, see the Cloud Storage Go API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

jsonKey, err := ioutil.ReadFile(serviceAccount)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("cannot read the JSON key file, err: %v", err)
}

conf, err := google.JWTConfigFromJSON(jsonKey)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("google.JWTConfigFromJSON: %v", err)
}

opts := &storage.SignedURLOptions{
	Scheme:         storage.SigningSchemeV4,
	Method:         "GET",
	GoogleAccessID: conf.Email,
	PrivateKey:     conf.PrivateKey,
	Expires:        time.Now().Add(15 * time.Minute),
}

u, err := storage.SignedURL(bucketName, objectName, opts)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("Unable to generate a signed URL: %v", err)
}

fmt.Fprintln(w, "Generated GET signed URL:")
fmt.Fprintf(w, "%q\n", u)
fmt.Fprintln(w, "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:")
fmt.Fprintf(w, "curl %q\n", u)

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

jsonKey, err := ioutil.ReadFile(serviceAccount)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("cannot read the JSON key file, err: %v", err)
}
conf, err := google.JWTConfigFromJSON(jsonKey)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("google.JWTConfigFromJSON: %v", err)
}

opts := &storage.SignedURLOptions{
	Scheme: storage.SigningSchemeV4,
	Method: "PUT",
	Headers: []string{
		"Content-Type:application/octet-stream",
	},
	GoogleAccessID: conf.Email,
	PrivateKey:     conf.PrivateKey,
	Expires:        time.Now().Add(15 * time.Minute),
}

u, err := storage.SignedURL(bucketName, objectName, opts)
if err != nil {
	return "", fmt.Errorf("Unable to generate a signed URL: %v", err)
}

fmt.Fprintln(w, "Generated PUT signed URL:")
fmt.Fprintf(w, "%q\n", u)
fmt.Fprintln(w, "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:")
fmt.Fprintf(w, "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' --upload-file my-file %q\n", u)

Java

For more information, see the Cloud Storage Java API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

import com.google.cloud.storage.BlobId;
import com.google.cloud.storage.BlobInfo;
import com.google.cloud.storage.Storage;
import com.google.cloud.storage.StorageException;
import com.google.cloud.storage.StorageOptions;
import java.net.URL;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;

public class GenerateV4GetObjectSignedUrl {
  public static void generateV4GetObjectSignedUrl(
      String projectId, String bucketName, String objectName) throws StorageException {
    // String projectId = "my-project-id";
    // String bucketName = "my-bucket";
    // String objectName = "my-object";

    Storage storage = StorageOptions.newBuilder().setProjectId(projectId).build().getService();

    // Define resource
    BlobInfo blobInfo = BlobInfo.newBuilder(BlobId.of(bucketName, objectName)).build();

    /**
     * Signing a URL requires Credentials which implement ServiceAccountSigner. These can be set
     * explicitly using the Storage.SignUrlOption.signWith(ServiceAccountSigner) option. If you
     * don't, you could also pass a service account signer to StorageOptions, i.e.
     * StorageOptions().newBuilder().setCredentials(ServiceAccountSignerCredentials). In this
     * example, neither of these options are used, which means the following code only works when
     * the credentials are defined via the environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS, and
     * those credentials are authorized to sign a URL. See the documentation for Storage.signUrl for
     * more details.
     */
    URL url =
        storage.signUrl(blobInfo, 15, TimeUnit.MINUTES, Storage.SignUrlOption.withV4Signature());

    System.out.println("Generated GET signed URL:");
    System.out.println(url);
    System.out.println("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:");
    System.out.println("curl '" + url + "'");
  }
}

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

import com.google.cloud.storage.BlobId;
import com.google.cloud.storage.BlobInfo;
import com.google.cloud.storage.HttpMethod;
import com.google.cloud.storage.Storage;
import com.google.cloud.storage.StorageException;
import com.google.cloud.storage.StorageOptions;
import java.net.URL;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;

public class GenerateV4PutObjectSignedUrl {
  public static void generateV4GPutObjectSignedUrl(
      String projectId, String bucketName, String objectName) throws StorageException {
    // String projectId = "my-project-id";
    // String bucketName = "my-bucket";
    // String objectName = "my-object";

    Storage storage = StorageOptions.newBuilder().setProjectId(projectId).build().getService();

    // Define Resource
    BlobInfo blobInfo = BlobInfo.newBuilder(BlobId.of(bucketName, objectName)).build();

    // Generate Signed URL
    Map<String, String> extensionHeaders = new HashMap<>();
    extensionHeaders.put("Content-Type", "application/octet-stream");

    /**
     * Signing a URL requires Credentials which implement ServiceAccountSigner. These can be set
     * explicitly using the Storage.SignUrlOption.signWith(ServiceAccountSigner) option. If you
     * don't, you could also pass a service account signer to StorageOptions, i.e.
     * StorageOptions().newBuilder().setCredentials(ServiceAccountSignerCredentials). In this
     * example, neither of these options are used, which means the following code only works when
     * the credentials are defined via the environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS, and
     * those credentials are authorized to sign a URL. See the documentation for Storage.signUrl for
     * more details.
     */
    URL url =
        storage.signUrl(
            blobInfo,
            15,
            TimeUnit.MINUTES,
            Storage.SignUrlOption.httpMethod(HttpMethod.PUT),
            Storage.SignUrlOption.withExtHeaders(extensionHeaders),
            Storage.SignUrlOption.withV4Signature());

    System.out.println("Generated PUT signed URL:");
    System.out.println(url);
    System.out.println("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:");
    System.out.println(
        "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' --upload-file my-file '"
            + url
            + "'");
  }
}

Node.js

For more information, see the Cloud Storage Node.js API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const {Storage} = require('@google-cloud/storage');

// Creates a client
const storage = new Storage();

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// const bucketName = 'Name of a bucket, e.g. my-bucket';
// const filename = 'File to access, e.g. file.txt';

// These options will allow temporary read access to the file
const options = {
  version: 'v4',
  action: 'read',
  expires: Date.now() + 15 * 60 * 1000, // 15 minutes
};

// Get a v4 signed URL for reading the file
const [url] = await storage
  .bucket(bucketName)
  .file(filename)
  .getSignedUrl(options);

console.log('Generated GET signed URL:');
console.log(url);
console.log('You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:');
console.log(`curl '${url}'`);

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const {Storage} = require('@google-cloud/storage');

// Creates a client
const storage = new Storage();

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// const bucketName = 'Name of a bucket, e.g. my-bucket';
// const filename = 'File to access, e.g. file.txt';

// These options will allow temporary uploading of the file with outgoing
// Content-Type: application/octet-stream header.
const options = {
  version: 'v4',
  action: 'write',
  expires: Date.now() + 15 * 60 * 1000, // 15 minutes
  contentType: 'application/octet-stream',
};

// Get a v4 signed URL for uploading file
const [url] = await storage
  .bucket(bucketName)
  .file(filename)
  .getSignedUrl(options);

console.log('Generated PUT signed URL:');
console.log(url);
console.log('You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:');
console.log(
  "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' " +
    `--upload-file my-file '${url}'`
);

PHP

For more information, see the Cloud Storage PHP API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Generate a v4 signed URL for downloading an object.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName the name of your Google Cloud bucket.
 * @param string $objectName the name of your Google Cloud object.
 *
 * @return void
 */
function get_object_v4_signed_url($bucketName, $objectName)
{
    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $object = $bucket->object($objectName);
    $url = $object->signedUrl(
        # This URL is valid for 15 minutes
        new \DateTime('15 min'),
        [
            'version' => 'v4',
        ]
    );

    print('Generated GET signed URL:' . PHP_EOL);
    print($url . PHP_EOL);
    print('You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:' . PHP_EOL);
    print('curl ' . $url . PHP_EOL);
}

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Generate a v4 signed URL for uploading an object.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName the name of your Google Cloud bucket.
 * @param string $objectName the name of your Google Cloud object.
 *
 * @return void
 */
function upload_object_v4_signed_url($bucketName, $objectName)
{
    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $object = $bucket->object($objectName);
    $url = $object->signedUrl(
        # This URL is valid for 15 minutes
        new \DateTime('15 min'),
        [
            'method' => 'PUT',
            'contentType' => 'application/octet-stream',
            'version' => 'v4',
        ]
    );

    print('Generated PUT signed URL:' . PHP_EOL);
    print($url . PHP_EOL);
    print('You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:' . PHP_EOL);
    print("curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' " .
        '--upload-file my-file ' . $url . PHP_EOL);
}

Python

For more information, see the Cloud Storage Python API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

from google.cloud import storage
import datetime


def generate_download_signed_url_v4(bucket_name, blob_name):
    """Generates a v4 signed URL for downloading a blob.

    Note that this method requires a service account key file. You can not use
    this if you are using Application Default Credentials from Google Compute
    Engine or from the Google Cloud SDK.
    """
    # bucket_name = 'your-bucket-name'
    # blob_name = 'your-object-name'

    storage_client = storage.Client()
    bucket = storage_client.bucket(bucket_name)
    blob = bucket.blob(blob_name)

    url = blob.generate_signed_url(
        version="v4",
        # This URL is valid for 15 minutes
        expiration=datetime.timedelta(minutes=15),
        # Allow GET requests using this URL.
        method="GET",
    )

    print("Generated GET signed URL:")
    print(url)
    print("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:")
    print("curl '{}'".format(url))
    return url

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

from google.cloud import storage
import datetime


def generate_upload_signed_url_v4(bucket_name, blob_name):
    """Generates a v4 signed URL for uploading a blob using HTTP PUT.

    Note that this method requires a service account key file. You can not use
    this if you are using Application Default Credentials from Google Compute
    Engine or from the Google Cloud SDK.
    """
    # bucket_name = 'your-bucket-name'
    # blob_name = 'your-object-name'

    storage_client = storage.Client()
    bucket = storage_client.bucket(bucket_name)
    blob = bucket.blob(blob_name)

    url = blob.generate_signed_url(
        version="v4",
        # This URL is valid for 15 minutes
        expiration=datetime.timedelta(minutes=15),
        # Allow GET requests using this URL.
        method="PUT",
        content_type="application/octet-stream",
    )

    print("Generated PUT signed URL:")
    print(url)
    print("You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:")
    print(
        "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' "
        "--upload-file my-file '{}'".format(url)
    )
    return url

Ruby

For more information, see the Cloud Storage Ruby API reference documentation .

The following sample creates a signed URL that can get an object from a bucket:

# project_id  = "Your Google Cloud project ID"
# bucket_name = "Your Google Cloud Storage bucket name"
# file_name   = "Name of a file in the Google Cloud Storage bucket"
require "google/cloud/storage"

storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new project_id: project_id
storage_expiry_time = 5 * 60 # 5 minutes

url = storage.signed_url bucket_name, file_name, method: "GET",
                         expires: storage_expiry_time, version: :v4

puts "Generated GET signed url:"
puts url
puts "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:"
puts "curl #{url}"

The following sample creates a signed URL that can upload an object to a bucket:

# project_id  = "Your Google Cloud project ID"
# bucket_name = "Your Google Cloud Storage bucket name"
# file_name   = "Name of a file in the Cloud Storage bucket"
require "google/cloud/storage"

storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new project_id: project_id
storage_expiry_time = 5 * 60 # 5 minutes

url = storage.signed_url bucket_name, file_name, method: "PUT",
                         expires: storage_expiry_time, version: :v4,
                         headers: { "Content-Type" => "text/plain" }
puts "Generated PUT signed URL:"
puts url
puts "You can use this URL with any user agent, for example:"
puts "curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: text/plain' --upload-file my-file '#{url}'"

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