Guides - Using Cyberduck with Object Storage
An S3-compatible object storage solution designed to store, manage, and access unstructured data in the cloud.
Cyberduck is a desktop application that facilitates file transfer over FTP, SFTP, and a number of other protocols, including S3.
Install and Configure Cyberduck
Navigate to Cyberduck’s Download webpage and download the latest version of Cyberduck for your operating system. After downloading, run the file to install the application.
NoteIf you already have Cyberduck installed, be sure to update to version 8.2.1 or newer. Some of the steps within this guide do not work properly on earlier versions.
Open Cyberduck and then select Cyberduck > Preferences from the menu bar.
Navigate to the Profiles tab to open the Connection Profiles page.
Search for “Linode” or scroll down to see the connection profiles designed for Linode’s Object Storage service.
Select the checkbox next to connection profile for each data center you wish to use with Object Storage.
Close the Preferences window and restart Cyberduck to install the selected connection profiles.
Open a Connection
Open Cyberduck and then select File > Open Connection… from the menu bar. This displays the connection dialog.
At the top of the Open Connection dialog, click the dropdown menu and select the Linode Object Storage profile that corresponds with the data center you wish to use.
Enter your access key in the Access Key field and your secret key in the Secret Key field. If you do not yet have an access key, create one now by following the instructions within the Manage Access Keys guide. If you intend to create new buckets, the access key must not be limited. Otherwise, the access key must have permissions to read or read/write on the bucket you intend to use.
Click Connect to open the connection.
View Your Buckets and Files
Once the connection is successful, a list appears of all the buckets that your access key has permissions to view within the selected data center. You can view the files stored within the buckets by clicking the chevron icon to the left of the bucket label or double clicking the bucket to open it.
Upload and Manage Files
To upload a file, drag it into the Cyberduck window at the location where you’d like the file to be stored. For instance, if you see multiple buckets or folders, drag the file to whichever one you wish. This process also works for multiple files and even entire directories. Alternatively, you can click the Action button and select Upload from the menu.
If you wish to perform an action on a particular file, right click that file to open up a context menu with additional options. These options include:
- Info: Get additional details about the file, folder, or bucket, change permissions, view and update metadata, edit the domain, set versioning, and much more.
- Download: Download a copy of the file.
- Edit: Useful for editing plaintext files.
- Rename, Duplicate, and much more.
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Obtain the URL of a File
In most cases, URLs are used to share and display files. While you can always manually determine the URL (see Access Buckets and Files through URLs), you can get this information quickly using Cyberduck.
Right click on the file, select Info, and navigate to the General tab.
Locate the Web URL field. The URL for the file is displayed here.
Click on the URL to open it in a web browser or right click it and select Copy Link to copy the URL.
Make Files Public
It’s common to make a file, folder, or even an entire bucket publicly accessible so they can be accessed through the file’s URL without any additional authentication needed. To do this through Cyberduck, update the permissions on the file using the instructions below.
Right click on the file, select Info, and navigate to the Permissions tab.
Click the ellipsis icon at the bottom left of the window and select Everyone.
A new entry for Everyone appears in the Access Control List. Next to Everyone, under the Permissions column heading, select READ from the drop down menu.
The object is now accessible through the internet. See Obtain the URL of a File to get the URL.
Host a Website
Locate your bucket within Cyberduck
Highlight all of the website files within your bucket, right click on them, and select Info. Follow the instructions within Make Files Public so that your files can be accessed by everyone with the URL.
Right click the bucket itself, select Info, and navigate to the Distribution (CDN) tab.
Check the box that reads Enable Website Configuration (HTTP) Distribution.
Make sure the root of your bucket contains an “index.html” file. If not, you can select a different file to act as the index by modifying the Index File field within the same window as the previous step.
The static site is accessed from a different URL than can be found in the Obtain the URL of a File section. Review the Access Buckets and Files through URLs guide for information on obtaining the website URL.
For more information on hosting a static website with Object Storage, read the Host a Static Site using Linode Object Storage guide.
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