Client Use

Google Storage

Using ExpeDat Desktop

The ExpeDat Desktop graphical client resembles typical file transfer clients.

  • Server and authentication information is entered at the top.
  • The left side shows your local files.
  • The right side shows the contents of your GS bucket.
  • Activity and progress are noted at the bottom of the window.

This is a fully functional ExpeDat client and can be used with other ExpeDat servers.  Complete ExpeDat documentation is included in the "Full Client Package" and online.  The GS functionality provided by the CloudDat gateway is referred to as an "Object Handler" in the ExpeDat documentation and is enabled when the "Handler" drop-down menu shows "GS".  When "None" is selected, ExpeDat will attempt to access the instance filesystem instead.

The copy of ExpeDat Desktop available with CloudDat is preconfigured to support GS.  If you use a copy of ExpeDat Desktop from another source, you may need to enable the GS handler manually.  Follow ExpeDat Desktop's Object Handler instructions to add "GS" to the list of "Server Handlers" and select it when accessing an GS bucket.

Using movedat

To access the command line client, direct your web browser to the public address of your GCP VM hosted gateway instance and download the "Full Client Package" appropriate for your local machine.  Extract the package contents and look for the "movedat" command line executable in the "Client Files" folder.

Below are some examples of using movedat with CloudDat.  Substitute the public address of the instance for "" below:

  • Upload:
    movedat local.dat
  • Download:
    movedat local.dat
  • Rename:
    movedat -m newremote.dat
  • Delete:
    movedat -x
  • List:
    movedat movedat

For detailed usage information, including scripting and automation features, refer to the movedat documentation included in the "Full Client Package" or in the online movedat Documentation.

Using DropDat

DropDat lets you create self-contained, pre-configured upload clients called "droplets".  You can distribute these to end-users, allowing them to upload with CloudDat by dragging-and-dropping files and folders.  It is perfect for uploads by non-technical users because you set all the configuration in advance.   End-users do not even need to run an installer.

  • Run the DropDat master (the icon with the black arrow).
  • Enter a droplet name, the gateway server, username, and password.
  • In the "Object Handler" field, enter "GS".
  • Click "Create" (a new droplet with a blue arrow icon will be created).

The new droplet application will be created in the same folder as the DropDat master.  You can copy this to end-users as you would any other application.  For complete setup and distribution instructions, see the documentation that is included in the ExpeDat or in the online DropDat Documentation.

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