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Migrate data to a new user-managed notebooks instance

This page describes how to migrate data and files from an existing user-managed notebooks instance to a new one.

When to migrate

You might need to migrate your data to a new user-managed notebooks instance if you can't upgrade the environment of your existing instance. See the requirements for upgrading the environment of a user-managed notebooks instance.

Migration options

To migrate data and files from one user-managed notebooks instance to another, consider using the following methods:

  • Use GitHub: Copy your data and files to a GitHub repository by using the Git extension for JupyterLab. To use this method, see Save a notebook to GitHub.

  • Use Cloud Storage and the terminal: Copy your data and files to Cloud Storage and then to another instance by using the terminal.

  • Use Cloud Storage within JupyterLab notebooks: Copy your data and files to Cloud Storage and then to another instance by running commands within your respective instances' notebook cells.

This guide describes how to migrate data and files by using Cloud Storage and the terminal.

Requirements

You must have terminal access to your user-managed notebooks instance. Terminal access is manually set when you create an instance. The terminal access setting cannot be changed after the instance is created.

Before you begin

Create a Cloud Storage bucket in the same project where your user-managed notebooks instance is located.

Migrate your data to a new user-managed notebooks instance

To migrate data and files to a new user-managed notebooks instance by using Cloud Storage and the terminal, complete the following steps.

  1. In your user-managed notebooks instance's JupyterLab interface, select File > New > Terminal to open a terminal window. Or connect to your instance's terminal by using SSH.

  2. Use the gsutil tool to copy your user data to a Cloud Storage bucket. The following example command copies all of the files from your instance's /home/jupyter/ directory to a directory in a Cloud Storage bucket.

    gsutil cp -R /home/jupyter/* gs://BUCKET_NAMEPATH
    

    Replace the following:

    • BUCKET_NAME: the name of your Cloud Storage bucket
    • PATH: the path to the directory where you want to copy your files, for example: /copy/jupyter/
  3. Create a user-managed notebooks instance.

  4. In your new user-managed notebooks instance's JupyterLab interface, select File > New > Terminal to open a terminal window.

  5. Use the gsutil tool to restore your data on the new instance. The following example command copies all of the files from a Cloud Storage directory to the your new instance's /home/jupyter/ directory.

    gsutil cp gs://BUCKET_NAMEPATH* /home/jupyter/
    

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