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How to Generate URL for Google Storage file?

Generate Web URL option in Bucket Explorer helps you to share uploaded files in Google Storage with your friends. Using Bucket Explorer for Google Storage, you can generate the following three types of URLs:  Click here to know the steps for generating web URL .

 1 ˆ   Http URL : These are a very common and popular format of URL. You need to keep the file in your Google Storage account and give that file  Read permission   to   All Users . Click on  ‘HTTP URL'  button to get the  http://  format.

2 ˆ   Https URL : These URLs are similar to http but these URLs works over secure mechanism i.e. over secure socket layer. It allows a user to have a secure communication of response/request between client servers. Click on  ‘HTTPS URL'  button to get the  https://  format.

3 ˆ   Sandbox Http URL : The authentication and authorization process of Google Storage provide authenticated browser downloads, which lets a user download data through their browser only if they are logged in to their Google account and they have been granted permission to read the data. Click on  ‘Sandbox HTTP URL'  button to get the  http://  format.

4 ˆ   Sandbox Https URL : These URLs are similar to Sandbox http but these URLs works over secure mechanism i.e. over secure socket layer. It allows a user to have a secure communication of response/request between client servers. Click on  ‘Sandbox HTTPS URL'  button to get the  https://  format.

5 ˆ   Use Bucket Name as Virtual Host  : For these types of URLs, Bucket Explorer creates HTTP URL with bucket name and construct the URL like your host (website name) URL. You need to confirm before creating these types of URLs that the bucket name should be same as the host name (e.g myimages.mysitename.com).

For example: -  http://   mybucket   /   myobject.ext  ,
here  mybucket  and  myobject.ext  is representing via a bucket name and a file name with extension.

New 6 ˆ   Signed URL: 'Signed URL' is the URL which is valid for a specific period of time. That's why, it is also known as "Time Limited Signed URL". Using Bucket Explorer, you can set a fixed expiration time for a URL. On expiry, the URL will no longer remain active. You can still keep the file in your Google Cloud Storage account and you don’t have to remove it from Google Cloud Storage account in order to remove access for others.

The very purpose of signed URL is to share the pages that contains time sensitive information or when you want to share a file with someone without making it available to everyone on the net. Such information becomes stale once a definite time passes out.

URL Format:
http://bucketname.commondatastorage.googleapis.com/objectaname?GoogleAccessId=GOOGACCESSKEYS&Expires=1382521793&Signature=qwyK1fsr3r54edfggD

ˆ Steps for generating Web URL:

How to generate web URLs for Google Cloud Storage objects?
  1. Select the desired file(s) for which you would like to generate web URL(s).
  2. Right click on it and select Generate Web URL option.
  3. Click one of the following buttons, in which format you want to form your URLs.
    1. Http
    2. Https
    3. Sandbox Http
    4. Sandbox Https
    5. Use Bucket Name as Virtual Host
    6. Signed Urls
  4. You can copy the URL or URLs to clip board by clicking on  Copy  or  Copy all .
  5. Click on Quit button to exit from this window.

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