Using and locking retention policies

Go to concepts

This page describes how to use the Bucket Lock feature, including working with retention policies and permanently locking them on buckets.

Prerequisites

Before using this feature in Cloud Storage, you should:

  1. Have sufficient permission to view and update buckets in Cloud Storage:

    • If you own the project that contains the bucket, you most likely have the necessary permissions.

    • If you use IAM, you should have storage.buckets.update and storage.buckets.get permissions on the relevant bucket. See Using IAM Permissions for instructions on how to get a role, such as Storage Admin, that has these permissions.

    • If you use ACLs, you should have OWNER permission on the relevant bucket. See Setting ACLs for instructions on how to do this.

  2. Check that Object Versioning is disabled for the bucket.

Setting a retention policy on a bucket

To set a retention policy on a bucket:

Console

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the Cloud Storage Browser page.

    Go to Browser

  2. In the list of buckets, click on the name of the bucket that you want to add a retention policy for.

  3. Select the Protection tab near the top of the page.

  4. In the Retention policy section, click the + Set Retention Policy link.

    The Set a retention policy dialog box appears.

  5. In the drop down, select the unit of time for your retention period.

    See Retention periods for information about how the Console converts between different units of time.

  6. In the value box, enter the length of time for your retention period.

  7. Click Save.

To learn how to get detailed error information about failed operations in the Cloud Storage browser, see Troubleshooting.

gsutil

Use the gsutil retention set command:

gsutil retention set TIME_DURATION gs://BUCKET_NAME

Where:

  • TIME_DURATION is the amount of time objects in the bucket must be retained. For example, 2678400s. See Retention periods for information about how gsutil converts between different units of time.
  • BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

If successful, the response looks like:

Setting retention policy on gs://my-bucket/...

Code samples

C++

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

namespace gcs = ::google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string const& bucket_name,
   std::chrono::seconds period) {
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> original =
      client.GetBucketMetadata(bucket_name);

  if (!original) throw std::runtime_error(original.status().message());
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> patched_metadata = client.PatchBucket(
      bucket_name,
      gcs::BucketMetadataPatchBuilder().SetRetentionPolicy(period),
      gcs::IfMetagenerationMatch(original->metageneration()));

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

  if (!patched_metadata->has_retention_policy()) {
    std::cout << "The bucket " << patched_metadata->name()
              << " does not have a retention policy set.\n";
    return;
  }

  std::cout << "The bucket " << patched_metadata->name()
            << " retention policy is set to "
            << patched_metadata->retention_policy() << "\n";
}

C#

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


using Google.Cloud.Storage.V1;
using System;
using static Google.Apis.Storage.v1.Data.Bucket;

public class SetRetentionPolicySample
{
    /// <summary>
    /// Sets the bucket's retention policy.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="bucketName">The name of the bucket.</param>
    /// <param name="retentionPeriod">The duration in seconds that objects need to be retained. The retention policy enforces a minimum retention
    /// time for all objects contained in the bucket, based on their creation time. Any
    /// attempt to overwrite or delete objects younger than the retention period will
    /// result in a PERMISSION_DENIED error. An unlocked retention policy can be modified
    /// or removed from the bucket via a storage.buckets.update operation. A locked retention
    /// policy cannot be removed or shortened in duration for the lifetime of the bucket.
    /// Attempting to remove or decrease the period of a locked retention policy will result
    /// in a PERMISSION_DENIED error.</param>
    public RetentionPolicyData SetRetentionPolicy(
        string bucketName = "your-unique-bucket-name",
        long retentionPeriod = 10)
    {
        var storage = StorageClient.Create();
        var bucket = storage.GetBucket(bucketName);
        bucket.RetentionPolicy = new RetentionPolicyData { RetentionPeriod = retentionPeriod };

        bucket = storage.UpdateBucket(bucket);

        Console.WriteLine($"Retention policy for {bucketName} was set to {retentionPeriod}");
        return bucket.RetentionPolicy;
    }
}

Go

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

ctx := context.Background()

bucket := c.Bucket(bucketName)
bucketAttrsToUpdate := storage.BucketAttrsToUpdate{
	RetentionPolicy: &storage.RetentionPolicy{
		RetentionPeriod: retentionPeriod,
	},
}
ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second*10)
defer cancel()
if _, err := bucket.Update(ctx, bucketAttrsToUpdate); err != nil {
	return err
}

Java

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

// Instantiate a Google Cloud Storage client
Storage storage = StorageOptions.getDefaultInstance().getService();

// The name of a bucket, e.g. "my-bucket"
// String bucketName = "my-bucket";

// The retention period for objects in bucket
// Long retentionPeriod = 3600L; // 1 hour in seconds

Bucket bucketWithRetentionPolicy =
    storage.update(
        BucketInfo.newBuilder(bucketName).setRetentionPeriod(retentionPeriod).build());

System.out.println(
    "Retention period for "
        + bucketName
        + " is now "
        + bucketWithRetentionPolicy.getRetentionPeriod());

Node.js

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

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// The ID of your GCS bucket
// const bucketName = 'your-unique-bucket-name';

// The retention period for objects in bucket
// const retentionPeriod = 3600; // 1 hour in seconds

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

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

async function setRetentionPolicy() {
  const [metadata] = await storage
    .bucket(bucketName)
    .setRetentionPeriod(retentionPeriod);
  console.log(
    `Bucket ${bucketName} retention period set for ${metadata.retentionPolicy.retentionPeriod} seconds.`
  );
}

setRetentionPolicy().catch(console.error);

PHP

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

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Sets a bucket's retention policy.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName The name of your Cloud Storage bucket.
 * @param int $retentionPeriod The retention period for objects in bucket, in seconds.
 */
function set_retention_policy($bucketName, $retentionPeriod)
{
    // $bucketName = 'my-bucket';
    // $retentionPeriod = 3600;

    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $bucket->update([
        'retentionPolicy' => [
            'retentionPeriod' => $retentionPeriod
        ]]);
    printf('Bucket %s retention period set to %s seconds' . PHP_EOL, $bucketName,
        $retentionPeriod);
}

Python

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

from google.cloud import storage


def set_retention_policy(bucket_name, retention_period):
    """Defines a retention policy on a given bucket"""
    # bucket_name = "my-bucket"
    # retention_period = 10

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

    bucket.retention_period = retention_period
    bucket.patch()

    print(
        "Bucket {} retention period set for {} seconds".format(
            bucket.name, bucket.retention_period
        )
    )

Ruby

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

def set_retention_policy bucket_name:, retention_period:
  # The ID of your GCS bucket
  # bucket_name = "your-unique-bucket-name"

  # The retention period for objects in bucket
  # retention_period = 3600 # 1 hour in seconds

  require "google/cloud/storage"

  storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new
  bucket  = storage.bucket bucket_name

  bucket.retention_period = retention_period

  puts "Retention period for #{bucket_name} is now #{bucket.retention_period} seconds."
end

REST APIs

JSON API

  1. Get an authorization access token from the OAuth 2.0 Playground. Configure the playground to use your own OAuth credentials. For instructions, see API authentication.
  2. Create a .json file that contains the following information:

    {
      "retentionPolicy": {
        "retentionPeriod": "TIME_IN_SECONDS"
      }
    }

    Where TIME_IN_SECONDS is the amount of time in seconds that objects in the bucket must be retained. For example, 2678400. See Retention periods for information about how different units of time are measured using seconds.

  3. Use cURL to call the JSON API with a PATCH Bucket request:

    curl -X PATCH --data-binary @JSON_FILE_NAME.json \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer OAUTH2_TOKEN" \
    -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    "https://storage.googleapis.com/storage/v1/b/BUCKET_NAME?fields=retentionPolicy"

    Where:

    • JSON_FILE_NAME is the name of the file you created in Step 2.
    • OAUTH2_TOKEN is the access token you generated in Step 1.
    • BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

XML API

The XML API cannot be used to set a retention policy on an existing bucket. It can only be used to include a retention policy with a new bucket.

Removing a retention policy from a bucket

To remove a retention policy from a bucket:

Console

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the Cloud Storage Browser page.

    Go to Browser

  2. In the list of buckets, click on the name of the bucket that you want to remove the retention policy from.

  3. Select the Protection tab near the top of the page.

  4. In the Retention policy section, click the Delete button.

    The Delete retention policy? dialog box appears.

  5. Click Delete.

To learn how to get detailed error information about failed operations in the Cloud Storage browser, see Troubleshooting.

gsutil

Use the gsutil retention clear command:

gsutil retention clear gs://BUCKET_NAME

Where BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

If successful, the response looks like:

Clearing retention policy on gs://my-bucket/...

Code samples

C++

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

namespace gcs = ::google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string const& bucket_name) {
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> original =
      client.GetBucketMetadata(bucket_name);

  if (!original) throw std::runtime_error(original.status().message());
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> patched_metadata = client.PatchBucket(
      bucket_name, gcs::BucketMetadataPatchBuilder().ResetRetentionPolicy(),
      gcs::IfMetagenerationMatch(original->metageneration()));

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

  if (!patched_metadata->has_retention_policy()) {
    std::cout << "The bucket " << patched_metadata->name()
              << " does not have a retention policy set.\n";
    return;
  }

  std::cout << "The bucket " << patched_metadata->name()
            << " retention policy is set to "
            << patched_metadata->retention_policy()
            << ". This is unexpected, maybe a concurrent change by another"
            << " application?\n";
}

C#

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


using Google.Cloud.Storage.V1;
using System;

public class RemoveRetentionPolicySample
{
    public void RemoveRetentionPolicy(string bucketName = "your-unique-bucket-name")
    {
        var storage = StorageClient.Create();
        var bucket = storage.GetBucket(bucketName);
        if (bucket.RetentionPolicy != null)
        {
            bool isLocked = bucket.RetentionPolicy.IsLocked ?? false;
            if (isLocked)
            {
                throw new Exception("Retention Policy is locked.");
            }

            bucket.RetentionPolicy.RetentionPeriod = null;
            storage.UpdateBucket(bucket);

            Console.WriteLine($"Retention period for {bucketName} has been removed.");
        }
    }
}

Go

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

ctx := context.Background()
bucket := c.Bucket(bucketName)

attrs, err := c.Bucket(bucketName).Attrs(ctx)
if err != nil {
	return err
}
if attrs.RetentionPolicy.IsLocked {
	return errors.New("retention policy is locked")
}

bucketAttrsToUpdate := storage.BucketAttrsToUpdate{
	RetentionPolicy: &storage.RetentionPolicy{},
}
ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second*10)
defer cancel()
if _, err := bucket.Update(ctx, bucketAttrsToUpdate); err != nil {
	return err
}

Java

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

// Instantiate a Google Cloud Storage client
Storage storage = StorageOptions.getDefaultInstance().getService();

// The name of a bucket, e.g. "my-bucket"
// String bucketName = "my-bucket";

Bucket bucket = storage.get(bucketName, BucketGetOption.fields(BucketField.RETENTION_POLICY));
if (bucket.retentionPolicyIsLocked() != null && bucket.retentionPolicyIsLocked()) {
  throw new IllegalArgumentException(
      "Unable to remove retention period as retention policy is locked.");
}

Bucket bucketWithoutRetentionPolicy =
    bucket.toBuilder().setRetentionPeriod(null).build().update();

System.out.println("Retention period for " + bucketName + " has been removed");

Node.js

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

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// The ID of your GCS bucket
// const bucketName = 'your-unique-bucket-name';

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

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

async function removeRetentionPolicy() {
  const [metadata] = await storage.bucket(bucketName).getMetadata();
  if (metadata.retentionPolicy && metadata.retentionPolicy.isLocked) {
    console.log(
      'Unable to remove retention period as retention policy is locked.'
    );
    return null;
  } else {
    const results = await storage.bucket(bucketName).removeRetentionPeriod();
    console.log(`Removed bucket ${bucketName} retention policy.`);
    return results;
  }
}

removeRetentionPolicy().catch(console.error);

PHP

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

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Removes a bucket's retention policy.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName The name of your Cloud Storage bucket.
 */
function remove_retention_policy($bucketName)
{
    // $bucketName = 'my-bucket';

    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $bucket->reload();

    if (array_key_exists('isLocked', $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']) &&
        $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']['isLocked']) {
        printf('Unable to remove retention period as retention policy is locked.' . PHP_EOL);
        return;
    }

    $bucket->update([
        'retentionPolicy' => []
    ]);
    printf('Removed bucket %s retention policy' . PHP_EOL, $bucketName);
}

Python

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

from google.cloud import storage


def remove_retention_policy(bucket_name):
    """Removes the retention policy on a given bucket"""
    # bucket_name = "my-bucket"

    storage_client = storage.Client()
    bucket = storage_client.bucket(bucket_name)
    bucket.reload()

    if bucket.retention_policy_locked:
        print(
            "Unable to remove retention period as retention policy is locked."
        )
        return

    bucket.retention_period = None
    bucket.patch()

    print("Removed bucket {} retention policy".format(bucket.name))

Ruby

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

def remove_retention_policy bucket_name:
  # The ID of your GCS bucket
  # bucket_name = "your-unique-bucket-name"

  require "google/cloud/storage"

  storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new
  bucket  = storage.bucket bucket_name

  if !bucket.retention_policy_locked?
    bucket.retention_period = nil
    puts "Retention policy for #{bucket_name} has been removed."
  else
    puts "Policy is locked and retention policy can't be removed."
  end
end

REST APIs

JSON API

  1. Get an authorization access token from the OAuth 2.0 Playground. Configure the playground to use your own OAuth credentials. For instructions, see API authentication.
  2. Create a .json file that contains the following information:

    {
      "retentionPolicy": null
    }
  3. Use cURL to call the JSON API with a PATCH Bucket request:

    curl -X PATCH --data-binary @JSON_FILE_NAME.json \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer OAUTH2_TOKEN" \
    -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    "https://storage.googleapis.com/storage/v1/b/BUCKET_NAME?fields=retentionPolicy"

    Where:

    • JSON_FILE_NAME is the name of the file you created in Step 2.
    • OAUTH2_TOKEN is the access token you generated in Step 1.
    • BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

XML API

The XML API cannot be used to remove a retention policy from a bucket. Use one of the other Cloud Storage tools, such as gsutil, instead.

Locking a bucket

To lock a bucket and permanently restrict edits to the bucket's retention policy:

Console

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the Cloud Storage Browser page.

    Go to Browser

  2. In the list of buckets, click on the name of the bucket that you want to lock the retention policy for.

  3. Select the Protection tab near the top of the page.

  4. In the Retention policy section, click the Lock button.

    The Lock retention policy? dialog box appears.

  5. Read the Permanent notice.

  6. In the Bucket name text box, type in the name of your bucket.

  7. Click Lock policy.

To learn how to get detailed error information about failed operations in the Cloud Storage browser, see Troubleshooting.

gsutil

  1. Use the gsutil retention lock command:

    gsutil retention lock gs://BUCKET_NAME

    Where BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

  2. When prompted to continue, type y.

If successful, the response looks like:

Locking retention policy on gs://my-bucket/...

Code samples

C++

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

namespace gcs = ::google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string const& bucket_name) {
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> original =
      client.GetBucketMetadata(bucket_name);

  if (!original) throw std::runtime_error(original.status().message());
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> updated_metadata =
      client.LockBucketRetentionPolicy(bucket_name,
                                       original->metageneration());

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

  if (!updated_metadata->has_retention_policy()) {
    std::cerr << "The bucket " << updated_metadata->name()
              << " does not have a retention policy, even though the"
              << " operation to set it was successful.\n"
              << "This is unexpected, and may indicate that another"
              << " application has modified the bucket concurrently.\n";
    return;
  }

  std::cout << "Retention policy successfully locked for bucket "
            << updated_metadata->name() << "\nNew retention policy is: "
            << updated_metadata->retention_policy()
            << "\nFull metadata: " << *updated_metadata << "\n";
}

C#

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


using Google.Cloud.Storage.V1;
using System;

public class LockRetentionPolicySample
{
    /// <summary>
    /// Locks the retention policy of a bucket. This is a one-way process: once a retention
    /// policy is locked, it cannot be shortened, removed or unlocked, although it can
    /// be increased in duration. The lock persists until the bucket is deleted.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="bucketName">The name of the bucket whose retention policy should be locked.</param>
    public bool? LockRetentionPolicy(string bucketName = "your-unique-bucket-name")
    {
        var storage = StorageClient.Create();
        var bucket = storage.GetBucket(bucketName);
        storage.LockBucketRetentionPolicy(bucketName, bucket.Metageneration.Value);
        bucket = storage.GetBucket(bucketName);
        Console.WriteLine($"Retention policy for {bucketName} is now locked");
        Console.WriteLine($"Retention policy effective as of {bucket.RetentionPolicy.EffectiveTime}");

        return bucket.RetentionPolicy.IsLocked;
    }
}

Go

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

ctx := context.Background()
bucket := c.Bucket(bucketName)

ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second*50)
defer cancel()
attrs, err := c.Bucket(bucketName).Attrs(ctx)
if err != nil {
	return err
}

conditions := storage.BucketConditions{
	MetagenerationMatch: attrs.MetaGeneration,
}
if err := bucket.If(conditions).LockRetentionPolicy(ctx); err != nil {
	return err
}

lockedAttrs, err := c.Bucket(bucketName).Attrs(ctx)
if err != nil {
	return err
}
log.Printf("Retention policy for %v is now locked\n", bucketName)
log.Printf("Retention policy effective as of %v\n",
	lockedAttrs.RetentionPolicy.EffectiveTime)

Java

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

// Instantiate a Google Cloud Storage client
Storage storage = StorageOptions.getDefaultInstance().getService();

// The name of a bucket, e.g. "my-bucket"
// String bucketName = "my-bucket";

Bucket bucket =
    storage.get(bucketName, Storage.BucketGetOption.fields(BucketField.METAGENERATION));
Bucket lockedBucket =
    bucket.lockRetentionPolicy(Storage.BucketTargetOption.metagenerationMatch());

System.out.println("Retention period for " + bucketName + " is now locked");
System.out.println(
    "Retention policy effective as of " + new Date(lockedBucket.getRetentionEffectiveTime()));

Node.js

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

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// The ID of your GCS bucket
// const bucketName = 'your-unique-bucket-name';

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

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

async function lockRetentionPolicy() {
  // Gets the current metageneration value for the bucket, required by
  // lock_retention_policy
  const [unlockedMetadata] = await storage.bucket(bucketName).getMetadata();

  // Warning: Once a retention policy is locked, it cannot be unlocked. The
  // retention period can only be increased
  const [lockedMetadata] = await storage
    .bucket(bucketName)
    .lock(unlockedMetadata.metageneration);
  console.log(`Retention policy for ${bucketName} is now locked`);
  console.log(
    `Retention policy effective as of ${lockedMetadata.retentionPolicy.effectiveTime}`
  );

  return lockedMetadata;
}

lockRetentionPolicy().catch(console.error);

PHP

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

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Locks a bucket's retention policy.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName The name of your Cloud Storage bucket.
 */
function lock_retention_policy($bucketName)
{
    // $bucketName = 'my-bucket';

    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $bucket->reload();
    $bucket->lockRetentionPolicy();
    printf('Bucket %s retention policy locked' . PHP_EOL, $bucketName);
}

Python

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

from google.cloud import storage


def lock_retention_policy(bucket_name):
    """Locks the retention policy on a given bucket"""
    # bucket_name = "my-bucket"

    storage_client = storage.Client()
    # get_bucket gets the current metageneration value for the bucket,
    # required by lock_retention_policy.
    bucket = storage_client.get_bucket(bucket_name)

    # Warning: Once a retention policy is locked it cannot be unlocked
    # and retention period can only be increased.
    bucket.lock_retention_policy()

    print("Retention policy for {} is now locked".format(bucket_name))
    print(
        "Retention policy effective as of {}".format(
            bucket.retention_policy_effective_time
        )
    )

Ruby

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

def lock_retention_policy bucket_name:
  # The ID of your GCS bucket
  # bucket_name = "your-unique-bucket-name"

  require "google/cloud/storage"

  storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new
  bucket  = storage.bucket bucket_name

  # Warning: Once a retention policy is locked it cannot be unlocked
  # and retention period can only be increased.
  # Uses Bucket#metageneration as a precondition.
  bucket.lock_retention_policy!

  puts "Retention policy for #{bucket_name} is now locked."
  puts "Retention policy effective as of #{bucket.retention_effective_at}."
end

REST APIs

JSON API

  1. Get an authorization access token from the OAuth 2.0 Playground. Configure the playground to use your own OAuth credentials. For instructions, see API authentication.
  2. Use cURL to call the JSON API with a POST Bucket request:

    curl -X POST \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer OAUTH2_TOKEN" \
    "https://storage.googleapis.com/storage/v1/b/BUCKET_NAME/lockRetentionPolicy?ifMetagenerationMatch=BUCKET_METAGENERATION_NUMBER"

    Where:

    • OAUTH2_TOKEN is the name of the access token you generated in Step 1.
    • BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.
    • BUCKET_METAGENERATION_NUMBER is the metageneration value for the bucket. For example, 8. You can find the metageneration value for your bucket by calling the JSON API with a GET Bucket request.

XML API

The XML API cannot be used to lock a bucket. Use one of the other Cloud Storage tools, such as gsutil, instead.

Viewing a bucket's retention policy and lock status

To view what, if any, retention policy is set on a bucket and whether that retention policy is locked:

Console

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the Cloud Storage Browser page.

    Go to Browser

  2. In the Column display options menu (Column options icon.), make sure Retention policy is checked.

  3. In the list of buckets, if a bucket has a retention policy, the retention period is displayed in the Protection column for the bucket. If the retention policy is locked, an image of a lock appears directly to the left of the retention period.

gsutil

Use the gsutil retention get command:

gsutil retention get gs://BUCKET_NAME

Where BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

If successful, the response looks like:

gs://my-bucket/ has no retention policy.

or:

gs://retention-test/:
    Retention policy LOCK_STATUS:
    Duration: TIME_LENGTH
    Effective Time: SET_DATE

Code samples

C++

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

namespace gcs = ::google::cloud::storage;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string const& bucket_name) {
  StatusOr<gcs::BucketMetadata> bucket_metadata =
      client.GetBucketMetadata(bucket_name);

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

  if (!bucket_metadata->has_retention_policy()) {
    std::cout << "The bucket " << bucket_metadata->name()
              << " does not have a retention policy set.\n";
    return;
  }

  std::cout << "The bucket " << bucket_metadata->name()
            << " retention policy is set to "
            << bucket_metadata->retention_policy() << "\n";
}

C#

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


using Google.Cloud.Storage.V1;
using System;
using static Google.Apis.Storage.v1.Data.Bucket;

public class GetRetentionPolicySample
{
    public RetentionPolicyData GetRetentionPolicy(string bucketName = "your-unique-bucket-name")
    {
        var storage = StorageClient.Create();
        var bucket = storage.GetBucket(bucketName);

        if (bucket.RetentionPolicy != null)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Retention policy:");
            Console.WriteLine($"Period: {bucket.RetentionPolicy.RetentionPeriod}");
            Console.WriteLine($"Effective time: {bucket.RetentionPolicy.EffectiveTime}");
            bool isLocked = bucket.RetentionPolicy.IsLocked ?? false;
            Console.WriteLine($"Policy locked: {isLocked}");
        }
        return bucket.RetentionPolicy;
    }
}

Go

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

ctx := context.Background()

ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second*10)
defer cancel()
attrs, err := c.Bucket(bucketName).Attrs(ctx)
if err != nil {
	return nil, err
}
if attrs.RetentionPolicy != nil {
	log.Print("Retention Policy\n")
	log.Printf("period: %v\n", attrs.RetentionPolicy.RetentionPeriod)
	log.Printf("effective time: %v\n", attrs.RetentionPolicy.EffectiveTime)
	log.Printf("policy locked: %v\n", attrs.RetentionPolicy.IsLocked)
}

Java

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

// Instantiate a Google Cloud Storage client
Storage storage = StorageOptions.getDefaultInstance().getService();

// The name of a bucket, e.g. "my-bucket"
// String bucketName = "my-bucket";

Bucket bucket = storage.get(bucketName, BucketGetOption.fields(BucketField.RETENTION_POLICY));

System.out.println("Retention Policy for " + bucketName);
System.out.println("Retention Period: " + bucket.getRetentionPeriod());
if (bucket.retentionPolicyIsLocked() != null && bucket.retentionPolicyIsLocked()) {
  System.out.println("Retention Policy is locked");
}
if (bucket.getRetentionEffectiveTime() != null) {
  System.out.println("Effective Time: " + new Date(bucket.getRetentionEffectiveTime()));
}

Node.js

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

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
 */
// The ID of your GCS bucket
// const bucketName = 'your-unique-bucket-name';

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

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

async function getRetentionPolicy() {
  const [metadata] = await storage.bucket(bucketName).getMetadata();
  if (metadata.retentionPolicy) {
    const retentionPolicy = metadata.retentionPolicy;
    console.log('A retention policy exists!');
    console.log(`Period: ${retentionPolicy.retentionPeriod}`);
    console.log(`Effective time: ${retentionPolicy.effectiveTime}`);
    if (retentionPolicy.isLocked) {
      console.log('Policy is locked');
    } else {
      console.log('Policy is unlocked');
    }
  }
}

getRetentionPolicy().catch(console.error);

PHP

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

use Google\Cloud\Storage\StorageClient;

/**
 * Gets a bucket's retention policy.
 *
 * @param string $bucketName The name of your Cloud Storage bucket.
 */
function get_retention_policy($bucketName)
{
    // $bucketName = 'my-bucket';

    $storage = new StorageClient();
    $bucket = $storage->bucket($bucketName);
    $bucket->reload();

    printf('Retention Policy for ' . $bucketName . PHP_EOL);
    printf('Retention Period: ' . $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']['retentionPeriod'] . PHP_EOL);
    if (array_key_exists('isLocked', $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']) &&
        $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']['isLocked']) {
        printf('Retention Policy is locked' . PHP_EOL);
    }
    if ($bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']['effectiveTime']) {
        printf('Effective Time: ' . $bucket->info()['retentionPolicy']['effectiveTime'] . PHP_EOL);
    }
}

Python

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

from google.cloud import storage


def get_retention_policy(bucket_name):
    """Gets the retention policy on a given bucket"""
    # bucket_name = "my-bucket"

    storage_client = storage.Client()
    bucket = storage_client.bucket(bucket_name)
    bucket.reload()

    print("Retention Policy for {}".format(bucket_name))
    print("Retention Period: {}".format(bucket.retention_period))
    if bucket.retention_policy_locked:
        print("Retention Policy is locked")

    if bucket.retention_policy_effective_time:
        print(
            "Effective Time: {}".format(bucket.retention_policy_effective_time)
        )

Ruby

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

def get_retention_policy bucket_name:
  # The ID of your GCS bucket
  # bucket_name = "your-unique-bucket-name"

  require "google/cloud/storage"

  storage = Google::Cloud::Storage.new
  bucket  = storage.bucket bucket_name

  puts "Retention policy:"
  puts "period: #{bucket.retention_period}"
  puts "effective time: #{bucket.retention_effective_at}"
  puts "policy locked: #{bucket.retention_policy_locked?}"
end

REST APIs

JSON API

  1. Get an authorization access token from the OAuth 2.0 Playground. Configure the playground to use your own OAuth credentials. For instructions, see API authentication.
  2. Use cURL to call the JSON API with a GET Bucket request that includes the desired fields:

    curl -X GET -H "Authorization: Bearer OAUTH2_TOKEN" \
    "https://storage.googleapis.com/storage/v1/b/BUCKET_NAME?fields=retentionPolicy"

    Where:

    • OAUTH2_TOKEN is the name of the access token you generated in Step 1.
    • BUCKET_NAME is the name of the relevant bucket. For example, my-bucket.

    If the bucket has a retention policy set on it, the response looks like the following example:

    {
      "retentionPolicy": {
          "retentionPeriod": "TIME_IN_SECONDS",
          "effectiveTime": "DATETIME",
          "isLocked": "BOOLEAN"
       },
    }

XML API

The XML API cannot be used to view the retention policy on a bucket. Use one of the other Cloud Storage tools, such as gsutil, instead.

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