GCP : How to Generate a Boto Configuration File using gsutil

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The boto file is a configuration file that is used by gsutil and boto library (a Python SDK for AWS services, which also supports Google Cloud Storage). It’s named .boto and is usually located in the home directory.

When you first run gsutil config, it will generate a .boto configuration file in your home directory. Here’s a step by step process:

  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Run gsutil config. This command will initiate an interactive process to create the .boto configuration file.

You will be prompted to input your Google Cloud project ID and credentials.

For service accounts (recommended for server-to-server interactions):

  1. Run gsutil config -e.
  2. You’ll be prompted to input the path to your service account private key file, and your project ID.

This will generate the .boto file with your configurations.

If you already have a .boto file and you just want to view it, it’s usually located at ~/.boto for Linux and macOS, or C:\Users\[your username]\.boto for Windows. You can open it with any text editor.

Remember, this file contains sensitive information (like your access keys). So you should be careful to keep it secure and not share it with anyone you don’t trust with full access to your GCP account.

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