About Cloud Storage buckets

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This page describes buckets, a resource in Cloud Storage. For a general overview of how Cloud Storage works, see Introduction to Cloud Storage.


Buckets are the basic containers that hold your data. Everything that you store in Cloud Storage must be contained in a bucket. You can use buckets to organize your data and control access to your data, but unlike directories and folders, you cannot nest buckets.

When you create a bucket, you give it a globally-unique name and a geographic location where the bucket and its contents are stored. The name and location of the bucket cannot be changed after creation, though you can delete and re-create the bucket to achieve a similar result. There are also optional bucket settings that you can configure during bucket creation and change later.

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