Cloud Storage release notes

Stay organized with collections Save and categorize content based on your preferences.
This page documents production updates to Cloud Storage. You can periodically check this page for announcements about new or updated features, bug fixes, known issues, and deprecated functionality.

You can see the latest product updates for all of Google Cloud on the Google Cloud page, browse and filter all release notes in the Google Cloud console, or you can programmatically access release notes in BigQuery.

To get the latest product updates delivered to you, add the URL of this page to your feed reader, or add the feed URL directly:

September 28, 2022

New buckets created using the Cloud Console now have public access prevention enabled by default.

  • During the bucket creation process, you can choose to change this setting.

September 13, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Tel Aviv, Israel (me-west1 region).

gcloud storage is now in GA

  • gcloud storage provides faster uploading and downloading performance when compared to the gsutil command line tool.

August 24, 2022

The restrict authentication types organization policy constraint is now generally available (GA). This constraint allows you to restrict the authentication types that can be used in requests for Cloud Storage resources.

August 02, 2022

Customer-managed encryption key (CMEK) organization policy constraints are now generally available (GA).

New commands are now available gcloud alpha storage.

  • Commands include the ability to create buckets, view metadata for buckets and objects, and edit metadata for buckets and objects.
  • Note that all Cloud Storage gcloud commands continue to be in Preview.

August 01, 2022

Bucket tags are now available in Preview. You can apply tags to buckets for fine-grained access control.

July 28, 2022

Configurable dual-region storage is generally available (GA).

June 27, 2022

Object Lifecycle Management now supports new conditions and a new action.

The XML API now supports setting a default Cloud KMS key on a bucket when creating the bucket.

June 06, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Dallas, Texas (us-south1 region).

June 02, 2022

Turbo replication is generally available (GA).

May 24, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Columbus, Ohio (us-east5 region).

May 23, 2022

JSON copy requests and XML copy requests now return a permanent error on timeouts for objects larger than 2.5 GiB and a retryable error on timeouts for objects smaller than 2.5 GiB.

May 10, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Madrid, Spain (europe-southwest1 region).

May 06, 2022

Us-east4 is now available for dual-region storage. This feature is now in Preview.

May 02, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Paris, France (europe-west9 region).

April 20, 2022

Cloud Storage is now available in Milan, Italy (europe-west8 region).

April 05, 2022

With dual-region storage, users can now specify two regions within the same continent to create a dual-region of their choosing. This feature is now in Preview.

March 25, 2022

Customer-managed encryption key (CMEK) organization policy constraints are now available in Preview.

March 14, 2022

On October 1, 2022, certain prices in Cloud Storage will be changing. For a list of pricing changes, see the announcement.

February 24, 2022

The restrict authentication types organizational constraint is now in Preview.

  • The constraint allows you to restrict the authentication types that can be used in requests for Cloud Storage resources.

January 27, 2022

The Storage Object Admin IAM role now correctly includes all storage.multipartUploads permissions.

December 15, 2021

Public Access Prevention is now in GA.

orgpolicy.policy.get permission is now included in certain Cloud Storage IAM roles.

  • This permission is now included in the following roles when they're set at the project-level: Storage Object Creator, Storage Object Admin, Storage HMAC Key Admin, and Storage Admin.
  • This permission allows principals to know the organizational policy constraints that a project is subject to.

November 19, 2021

Public access preventionPreview now uses inherited in place of unspecified.

  • Name change more clearly expresses how the state of public access prevention is determined for affected buckets.

November 16, 2021

Santiago region (southamerica-west1) launched.

New location for storing your data.

November 01, 2021

October 13, 2021

Cloud EKM keys can now be used to encrypt Cloud Storage data.

October 12, 2021

Objects uploaded using XML API multipart uploads cannot be rewritten or copied within Cloud Storage.

October 05, 2021

Turbo replication is a premium feature designed to provide inter-region replication for newly written objects within 15 minutes.

This feature is now available in Preview.

September 27, 2021

Cloud Storage now more effectively batches Cloud KMS requests.

  • No changes to how you use Cloud Storage.
  • When working with objects encrypted with Cloud KMS keys, you may see improved performance in your high intensity workloads, a decrease in the number of Cloud KMS audit logs, and a reduction in Cloud KMS charges.
  • These improvements apply to objects written to and rewritten within Cloud Storage using Cloud KMS keys after September 2021.

September 22, 2021

Object listing is no longer impacted when performing large-scale object deletion.

  • Previously, object listing performance could be degraded for up to several days when deleting millions of objects at once in a bucket.

September 20, 2021

Object Versioning can now be managed in the Cloud Console.

August 03, 2021

Toronto region (northamerica-northeast2) launched.

August 01, 2021

Cloud Storage now has bandwidth quotas for egress to other Google services.

July 20, 2021

gcloud alpha storage commands are now available.

  • These commands provide faster uploading and downloading performance over the gsutil command line tool.

July 12, 2021

List object V2 for the XML APIPreview launched.

  • List object V2 provides improved interoperability with Amazon S3 tools and libraries.

July 01, 2021

Public access preventionPreview launched.

June 29, 2021

Delhi region (asia-south2) launched.

June 21, 2021

Melbourne region (australia-southeast2) launched.

May 14, 2021

XML API multipart uploadsPreview launched.

April 27, 2021

You can now compose objects using source objects that were encrypted with Cloud KMS keys.

March 29, 2021

Cloud CDN, external HTTP(S) Load Balancing, and Cloud Storage services use BoringSSL, and are not affected by the recent OpenSSL security advisory that relates to CA certificate checks (CVE-2021-3450) and TLS renegotiation (CVE-2021-3449).

March 24, 2021

Warsaw region (europe-central2) launched.

September 28, 2020

Tokyo+Osaka dual-region (asia1) launched.

September 08, 2020

New conditions available for Object Lifecycle Management:

  • Noncurrent time conditions allow you to define lifecycle actions based on when an object became noncurrent.
  • Custom time conditions allow you to define lifecycle actions based on a custom time that you define for objects.

Custom time metadata is now available for objects.

  • Custom time metadata allows you to associate an arbitrary date and time with objects.

July 20, 2020

June 08, 2020

Jakarta region (asia-southeast2) launched.

May 18, 2020

The V4 signing process is now in GA.

  • The V4 signing process is an improved method for creating signatures using RSA or HMAC keys.

April 20, 2020

Las Vegas region (us-west4) launched.

February 28, 2020

February 24, 2020

Salt Lake City region (us-west3) launched.

January 24, 2020

Seoul region (asia-northeast3) launched.

January 08, 2020

Archive Storage now available.

  • New storage class for storing your long-term, rarely accessed data.

December 13, 2019

IAM ConditionsBETA for Cloud Storage is now available.

November 18, 2019

November 15, 2019

JSON API requests should now be made through the endpoint.

New display for bucket lists in the GCP Console.

  • The Name column is now always visible in the bucket list.
  • The column selector now appears as an icon (Column options icon.).

November 07, 2019

The name of the Bucket Policy Only feature is now changed to uniform bucket-level access.

  • The organization policy and API fields referring to Bucket Policy Only are still supported, but we recommend using the equivalent uniform bucket-level access organization policy and API fields.

October 29, 2019

HMAC keys for service accounts are now in GA.

September 06, 2019

New Stackdriver metric available to check for ACL usage.

  • Use Stackdriver to determine if enabling Bucket Policy Only would break your workflow.

August 14, 2019

Multi-Regional Storage and Regional Storage are now Standard Storage.

  • Combining these into a single Standard Storage class separates your storage class considerations from your location considerations.

August 09, 2019

HMAC keys for service accountsBETA are now available.

June 28, 2019

Dual-regions are now in GA.

June 20, 2019

You can now inspect buckets for sensitive information using Cloud Data Loss Prevention in the GCP Console.

June 18, 2019

Improved object interaction in the GCP Console.

  • Object downloads can be performed using the more options menu associated with each object.
  • Clicking on an object's name opens a page dedicated to details about the object.

June 17, 2019

Object composition cannot be performed if any of the source objects are encrypted with customer-managed encryption keys.

May 30, 2019

Improved workflow for creating new buckets in the GCP Console.

  • See the Creating storage buckets guide for step-by-step instructions.
  • Estimate your bucket's monthly costs during the bucket creation process.

April 18, 2019

Osaka region (asia-northeast2) launched.

The C++ Cloud Storage Client Library is now in GA.

April 05, 2019

V4 signing processBETA launched.

  • The V4 signing process is an improved method for creating signed requests using RSA or HMAC signatures.
  • Use the process to create signed URLs.

March 11, 2019

Zürich region (europe-west6) launched.

March 01, 2019

Price reduction for storing Coldline Storage data in regional locations.

February 15, 2019

Bucket Policy OnlyBETA launched.

February 13, 2019

The C++ Cloud Storage Client Library is now in BETA.

January 24, 2019

Bucket updates - such as editing lifecycle policies, adding bucket labels, or enabling bucket features - no longer require the updater to have the storage.buckets.setIamPolicy permission.

December 20, 2018

Customer-Managed Encryption Keys can now be used with data stored in the eur4 and nam4 bucket locations.

October 22, 2018

Hong Kong region (asia-east2) launched.

Limit change for object composition.

  • There is no longer a limit to the rate at which objects can be composed.

October 19, 2018

Retention policies and object holds are now available.

October 11, 2018

Dual-regionsBETA launched.

  • Data stored in a dual-regional location have copies stored in two specific locations.

Geo-redundancy expanded in multi-regional locations.

October 09, 2018

C++ Cloud Storage Client LibraryALPHA

August 15, 2018

July 18, 2018

Improved security in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

  • Objects can no longer be made public through one-click actions. See Making data public for updated guides.
  • Public access columns for buckets and objects show you when the general public has access to your resources.

July 10, 2018

Los Angeles region (us-west2) launched.

June 21, 2018

Limit changes for object composition.

  • There is no longer a limit to the number of components in a composite object.
  • The composition rate is now measured by the number of source objects, instead of the number of components within those source objects.
  • Copying a composite object is no longer considered when determining a project's composition rate.

June 11, 2018

Finland region (europe-north1) launched.

May 29, 2018

New query parameter in JSON API object listing.

May 07, 2018

Customer-Managed Encryption KeysBETA.

February 07, 2018

Changed endpoint for batch requests to the JSON API.

  • When making HTTP batch requests to the JSON API, users should utilize the endpoint instead of the endpoint.

February 01, 2018

Price reduction for Nearline Storage and Coldline Storage in select regions.

  • Nearline Storage price reductions apply to the following regions: Northern Virginia, London, and Frankfurt.
  • Coldline Storage price reductions apply to the following regions: London, Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Sydney.
  • Details regarding Cloud Storage pricing can be found on the Pricing page.

January 10, 2018

Montréal region (northamerica-northeast1) launched.

Netherlands region (europe-west4) launched.

January 04, 2018

The Cloud Pub/Sub Notifications for Cloud Storage feature can now have up to 10 different notification configurations send notifications for the same event.

November 14, 2017

Requester Pays feature is now available.

  • When enabled on a bucket, users accessing the bucket or its contents must specify a project to bill for charges that arise from their request.
  • Callers can specify a billing project on requests to buckets both with and without Requester Pays enabled.

The resource attribute of Cloud Pub/Sub Notifications for Cloud Storage is now deprecated. It does not appear for new subscriptions and will not appear in any subscription after June 1, 2018.

October 31, 2017

Mumbai region (asia-south1) launched.

September 18, 2017

Bucket metadata PATCH requests to the JSON API require the storage.buckets.setIamPolicy permission if the requester has storage.buckets.getIamPolicy permission. This is true even for patches that do not change ACLs or IAM permissions.

See IAM permissions for JSON and IAM permissions for gsutil for affected methods and commands.

September 05, 2017

São Paulo region (southamerica-east1) launched.

August 14, 2017

August 01, 2017

Frankfurt region (europe-west3) launched.

June 20, 2017

Sydney region (australia-southeast1) launched.

June 06, 2017

New public dataset stored in Cloud Storage.

  • Data for NEXRAD are now hosted publicly in Cloud Storage.

London region (europe-west2) launched.

May 31, 2017

Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies are now GA for buckets. Policies applied at the bucket level can be used to control access to individual buckets as well as all the objects within them.

May 24, 2017

Attempts to access a non-existent object returns a 403 error instead of a 404 error if the requester lacks object listing permission for the associated bucket.

May 09, 2017

Northern Virginia region (us-east4) launched.

April 26, 2017

The Cloud Storage Client Libraries for the Cloud Storage API is now in GA.

April 11, 2017

Singapore region (asia-southeast1) launched.

April 06, 2017

Labels can now be used with your buckets in order to better organize all of your Google Cloud Platform resources.

March 27, 2017

Cloud Pub/Sub Notifications for Cloud StorageBETA

December 07, 2016

The per-object storage class feature is now in GA.

November 07, 2016

asia-northeast1 region launched.

October 20, 2016

Coldline, a new archival storage class, is now available.

  • The Coldline Storage class provides low price, immediately accessible data storage for your backup, archival and disaster recovery needs.
  • Ideal for data that intends to be accessed less than once a year.

Standard Storage class is now Multi-Regional Storage and Regional Storage.

Per-object storage classesBETA

October 04, 2016

Public datasets stored in Cloud Storage

September 26, 2016

Alpha release for bucket-level IAM.

August 29, 2016

Improved upload experience in the Storage Console.

  • Users can retry failed uploads.
  • The upload drawer persists when navigating to other parts of the Storage Console.
  • Users are immediately notified when an upload starts and ends.

August 03, 2016

Nearline latency times reduced.

  • Buckets created in the Nearline storage class now have the same sub-second latency as other storage class buckets.

August 01, 2016

Object generation numbers no longer have ordering guarantees.

  • Generation numbers associated with Cloud Storage objects no longer increase monotonically or have ordering guarantees between generations.
  • Generation numbers continue to be unique resource identifiers.
  • See the announcement.

July 20, 2016

us-west1 region launched.

June 24, 2016

X-Goog-Content-Length-Range custom header available.

  • New header for XML and JSON.
  • Allows for checking the size of content sent to Cloud Storage.

June 13, 2016

On-Demand I/O for Nearline-class buckets no longer necessary.

  • Buckets created in the Nearline storage class now have throughput and QPS that automatically scale with your needs, at no extra cost.