How to mount Google Cloud Storage inside a Linux machine

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Create credentials file

  • Login to the GCP console:
  • From the upper pane, select the target GCP project
  • Login to the link below to create a new service account key:
  • Service account -> select New service account:
  • Service account name: Specify an informative name for the new service account
  • Role: Select Storage -> Storage object admin
  • Key type: JSON
  • Click on Create
  • Save the newly created JSON file in a secured location
  • Click on Close

GCFuse installation

  • Login using SSH to the target Linux machine using privileged account.
  • Follow the instructions below to install the Cloud storage Fuse adapter:
  • Copy the JSON file created above into ~/
  • Rename the JSON file:
mv ~/Myfile.json ~/key.json
Note: Replace Myfile.json with the actual JSON file

Mount phase

  • Run the commands below to mount the Google Cloud Storage:
sudo mkdir /dev/cloudstorage
sudo chown MyUser:MyUser /dev/cloudstorage/
sudo chmod 777 /dev/cloudstorage/
gcsfuse --implicit-dirs --key-file ~/key.json StorageName /dev/cloudstorage
Note 1: Replace MyUser with the username you have logged into the Linux machine
Note 2: Replace StorageName with the target Google storage bucket name
  • To view the content of the Google cloud storage bucket, switch to the new mount point:
cd /dev/cloudstorage

Unmount phase

  • When completing the work on the bucket, from the Linux SSH console, and run the commands below to unmount the Google Cloud Storage:
cd ~
sudo fusermount -u /dev/cloudstorage
  • Logoff the Linux machine

Additional references regarding permanent mount using FSTAB