How to Copy Files from a Google Compute Engine (GCE) to a Local Directory

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:

gcloud --version

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:

  1. instance_name: The name of your GCE instance.
  2. /path/to/remote_file: The path to the file on the GCE instance that you want to copy.
  3. /path/to/local_destination: The path to the local directory where you want to save the copied file.
  4. 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.

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