How to mount a Google Cloud Bucket in Linux
Posted August 5, 2017 by ‐ 2 min read
Google Cloud Storage is Google’s equivalent of Amazon’s S3. And it’s cheaper than S3 and works pretty great.
Today, I’ll be explaining how to mount a Google Cloud Storage bucket to your Linux Machine (Running Debian/Ubuntu)
A word of advice: gcsfuse mounted bucket is painfully slow for operations involving many files.If you are going to have too many file reading/writing to the Bucket through this mount, this is not adviced. On the other hand, if you are storing big files in small quantities, this is a great way to have cheaper storage
Note: This can be used for any major Debian derivative
Enter the following commands one by one
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install curl -y export GCSFUSE_REPO=gcsfuse-`lsb_release -c -s` echo "deb http://packages.cloud.google.com/apt $GCSFUSE_REPO main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gcsfuse.list curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcsfuse
As of now, you should have
gcsfuse installed and ready for action. But we will need
google-cloud-sdk for authenticating to the Google Storage
Install Google Cloud SDK
export CLOUD_SDK_REPO="cloud-sdk-$(lsb_release -c -s)" echo "deb http://packages.cloud.google.com/apt $CLOUD_SDK_REPO main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk
Authenticate with Google Cloud Storage
Switch to the user you will be mounting your bucket with. And issue the following command
gcloud auth application-default login
This will present you with a URL. Copy that URL and paste it in your browser, login with your Google account. You should see a token on your browser window. Copy it and paste it in the Terminal prompt asking for the verification code.
Once you give the token, you should be authenticated and you can now mount your Bucket.
Mount the bucket
Again, switch to the user you want to mount the bucket as. This is important because you cannot change the ownership of the mount.
If you mount it with
root user, then the mount can only be used by the
mkdir /mnt/google-cloud-bucket gcsfuse your_bucket_name /mnt/google-cloud-bucket
That’s it, you should have your bucket mounted on your system. You can verify the mount using the
df -h command