To copy files from Google Compute Engine(GCE) to a local directory, you can use the “gcloud compute scp” to securely copy files between your local machine and a GCE instance.
Here’s a step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Install Google Cloud SDK
Ensure you have the Google Cloud SDK installed on your local machine. You can check if it’s installed by running the following command:
Step 2: Authenticate with your Google Cloud account
gcloud auth login
Step 3: Set your Google Cloud project
gcloud config set project your_project_id
Replace your_project_id with your actual project ID.
Step 4: Copy files from the GCE instance to your local machine
You can copy files from the GCE instance to your local machine using the “gcloud compute scp” command:
gcloud compute scp instance_name:/path/to/remote_file /path/to/local_destination --zone instance_zone
Replace the following:
- instance_name: The name of your GCE instance.
- /path/to/remote_file: The path to the file on the GCE instance that you want to copy.
- /path/to/local_destination: The path to the local directory where you want to save the copied file.
- instance_zone: The zone where your GCE instance is located.
For example, if you have an instance named my-instance, and you want to copy a file located at /home/user/file.txt on the instance to a local directory /Users/localuser/Downloads/, and the instance is in the us-central1-a zone, the command would look like this:
gcloud compute scp my-instance:/home/user/file.txt /Users/localuser/Downloads/ --zone us-central1-a
This command will copy the file.txt from your GCE instance to the specified local directory.
If you need to copy an entire directory, you can use the –recurse flag:
gcloud compute scp --recurse instance_name:/path/to/remote_directory /path/to/local_destination --zone instance_zone
Replace the placeholders as described above, and use the paths to the remote and local directories instead of single files.
Amit Doshi is a Cloud Engineer who has experienced more than 5 years in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. He is an IT professional responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining cloud computing infrastructure, applications, and services.