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Moving files within Google Cloud Storage using Python

Cloud Computing
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Google Cloud Platform
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Cloud Storage
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Python client library
schedule Jul 1, 2022
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Prerequisites

To follow along with this guide, please make sure to have:

  • created a service account and downloaded the private key (JSON file) for authentication (please check out my detailed guide)

  • installed the Python client library for Google Cloud Storage:

    pip install --upgrade google-cloud-storage

Moving files within Google Cloud Storage

There is no method to directly move a file within Google Cloud Storage (GCS). Instead, we can emulate the action of moving a file by copying the file into the desired location and then deleting the original file.

For example, suppose we have a file called cat.png in GCS and we wish to move this file into a new location under a folder called my_folder. Here's the code to achieve this:

from google.cloud import storage

# Authenticate ourselves using the private key of the service account
path_to_private_key = './gcs-project-354207-099ef6796af6.json'
client = storage.Client.from_service_account_json(json_credentials_path=path_to_private_key)

bucket = storage.Bucket(client, 'example-bucket-skytowner')
# The current file
blob_old = bucket.blob('cat.png')
# Copy the current file into a new location
blob_new = bucket.copy_blob(blob_old, bucket, new_name='new_folder/cat.png')
# Delete the old file
blob_old.delete()

Here, if the new_folder folder does not yet exist on GCS, it will be created for you.

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