Basic Guide

Support tools

GCS Explorer (beta)

With the GCS Explorer, you can browse and perform basic actions for items stored in Google Cloud Storage (GCS) directly from BLOCKS.

Click the menu icon () in the global navigation bar and click GCS Explorer (beta) to open the GCS Explorer. You can click to open the GCS Explorer in a new tab.

You can perform the following actions from the GCS Explorer:

  • Create and delete buckets
  • Browse the contents of a selected bucket
  • Upload files
  • Upload folders
  • Create folders
  • Delete items
  • Download files
  • Copy the GCS URL for items
GCS Explorer layout

Target selector

Select the GCP service account and bucket whose items you want to browse.

Item Explanation
GCP service account selector

Select the GCP service account that has access to the items you want to browse.

Bucket selector

Select the bucket that contains the items you want to browse.

Create a bucket Create a new bucket from the bottom of the bucket selector list.

New bucket menu

The following screen will be shown. Enter a bucket name, select the storage class and location, and click Create to create the new bucket.

Create a new bucket screen
Delete a bucket

After selecting a bucket, click the trash icon () to delete it.

Action bar

This toolbar contains buttons for the actions that you can perform on the items.

Item Explanation
Upload File

Uploads files to GCS.

You can cancel in-progress uploads by doing the following:

Stopping an upload

To cancel all uploads, click Stop All Uploads (❶). Or, click to cancel a single upload.

Uploading a large number of files at once may cause your browser to become unresponsive. If this occurs, force quit your browser and try again with a smaller number of files.

Upload Folder

Uploads a folder to GCS. This is only available in Google Chrome. The button will not appear in other browsers.

You can cancel an in-progress upload by doing the following:

Stopping an upload

To cancel all uploads, click Stop All Uploads (❶). Or, click to cancel a single upload.

Uploading a folder containing a large number of files may cause your browser to become unresponsive. If this occurs, force quit your browser and try again with a smaller number of files.

Create Folder

Creates a GCS folder.

Delete Item

Deletes items from GCS. Select items to delete by clicking their checkboxes from the item list (multiple items can be deleted simultaneously).

Download File

Downloads files from GCS. Select the files you want to download by clicking their checkboxes from the item list (folders cannot be selected).

Refresh

Update the item list with the latest information from GCS.

Path bar

This area shows a string for the bucket and folder (when applicable) location.

Item list

This area shows a list of items contained in the selected GCS bucket.

Item Explanation
Checkbox

Select or deselect an item by clicking its checkbox.

Name Shows the item’s name.
Size Shows the file’s size.
Type

Shows the item’s type. This will show “Folder” for folders, and the MIME type for files.

Last Modified

Shows when the file was last modified.

Copy GCS URL

Click this icon to copy an item’s GCS URL (without the gs:// portion) to your clipboard.

For example, if the item’s GCS URL was gs://my-bucket/foo/bar.png, this would copy my-bucket/foo/bar.png to the clipboard.