Creating a Google Cloud Storage Bucket

Why should you create Google Cloud Storage buckets (hereto referred to as buckets) when your virtual machine can also store your data? Because Google Cloud Storage buckets are much less expensive to maintain compared to VM disks. Please see this link for the most up-to-date pricing on the different storage options offered by the Google Cloud Platform.

Via the Google Cloud Console

Instructional video provided by the Google Cloud Platform: How to Create a Google Cloud Storage Bucket through the Console.

Try it out yourself:

  1. Click on Cloud Storage browser on the left of the page

  2. Click Create a bucket

  3. Give the bucket a unique name, with all lowercase letters and no spaces.

  4. Select region, location and click Create

Via gsutil commandline tool

Use the gsutil mb command:

$gsutil mb gs://[BUCKET_NAME]/


  • [BUCKET_NAME] is the name you want to give your bucket, subject to naming requirements. For example, my-bucket.

You can set the following optional flags to have greater control over the creation of your bucket:

Accessing data in your bucket by gsutil


To list what in your bucket:

$gsutil ls gs://my-cloud-bucket/



Accessing data in your bucket via GCSFuse

If you have access to a bucket and want to “clone” that bucket to your VM instance, gcsfuse can mount that bucket/or a sub-directory of that bucket to your VM directory of your choice.


  • Data can be accessed without using gsutil or gs:// address, i.e your bucket data become local to your VM instance


  • Since gcsfuse will actually download the data to your directory, make sure your VM instance has enough available storage to clone data from the bucket

  • Consumes available storage space

  • May slow down your performance

(1) How-to instructional video

(2) Step-by-Step installation guide

GCSFuse Quicktips

Mount a bucket to your folder:

$gcsfuse bucketname myfolder/to/mount

Mount a subdirectory from your bucket to your VM folder:

$gcsfuse --only-dir subdirectory bucketName myFolder/to/mount

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