gsutil is a Python application that lets you access Google Cloud Storage from the command line. You can use gsutil to do a wide range of bucket and object management tasks, including:
- Creating and deleting buckets.
- Uploading, downloading, and deleting objects.
- Listing buckets and objects.
- Moving, copying, and renaming objects.
- Editing object and bucket ACLs.
Accessing Publicly Accessible Data
To get started using gsutil, you can simply download and install the application, and use it to access publicly-accessible data. You do not need to sign up for a Google Cloud Storage or a Google account to use gsutil for this purpose.
For example, you can download and install the gsutil client and run the following command to download data from a publicly-accessible bucket called
gsutil ls gs://uspto-pair/applications/0800401*
You should see a listing of objects whose name starts with
Reading and Writing Data as an Authenticated User
If you would like to use gsutil to access objects and buckets that are protected, you need to authenticate to Google Cloud Storage. You can do so in one of two ways, depending on your use case:
- Reading and Writing Protected Data using your Google Account
If another individual has already set up a Google Cloud Storage account and has added you to the project as a team member, or if you have been added to an object's or bucket's ACLs, you can download and install gsutil and authenticate to the Google Cloud Storage service to access the protected data. You do not need to activate Google Cloud Storage or set up billing.
- Activating Google Cloud Storage
If you would like to create your own buckets or control data access in Google Cloud Storage, you need to activate the Google Cloud Storage service and set up billing. After you have signed up for the Google Cloud Storage service, download and install gsutil and authenticate to the Google Cloud Storage service to begin using Google Cloud Storage.
gsutil contains thorough built-in help about every command as well as a number of topics, which you can get by running:
This command outputs a list of all commands and available help topics, and you can then get detailed help for each command or topic. For example, you can get help about the gsutil cp command by running:
gsutil help cp
To get information about gsutil top-level command-line options, use:
gsutil help options
To get information about your gsutil installation, use:
gsutil version -l
gsutil is an open-source project. To download the developer version of gsutil or volunteer to help develop gsutil, visit the gsutil project on GitHub.