How to Set Up FTP with FileZilla on Google Cloud Platform

After creating a website on Google Cloud Platform, you can now start to set up the FTP with FileZilla, which is the normal way to manage your website files.

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To set up FTP with FileZilla on Google Cloud Platform, you need to download and install the "FileZilla" and "PuTTY" software on your computer.

Part I: Generate PuTTY Password

Step 1: Click the "Start" button and click "PuTTYgen" from the list;

Step 2: Click "Generate" in the PuTTY Key Generator;

Step 3: Move your mouse cursor over the blank area to generate the key randomly;

Step 4: Click the "Save private key" button to save it on your computer.

Part II: Link Public Key to Google Cloud Platform

Step 5: Copy the key in step 4 and go back to Google Cloud Platform.

Click the menu icon in the dashboard and select "Computer Engine" from the list;

Step 6: Click "Metadata", then click "SSH Keys" and "Edit";

Step 7: Click "Add item" and paste the code from step 4 in the box. Save the changes;

Part III: Link FileZilla FPT and Google Cloud Platform

Step 8: Click " Edit" in the FileZilla, and select "Settings" from the drop-down list;

Step 9: In the "Settings" window,

  1. Click "SFTP" under FTP;
  2. Click the "Add key file" button;
  3. Find the key you saved in step 4; and
  4. Click "OK" to save the changes.

Step 10: In the FileZilla window:

  1. Type "sftp://", copy the IP address in the "Host" box (please check here to have the IP address);
  2. Paste the name in the "Username" box, which you can find in the key comments box from step 4 (e.g., rsa-key-20200303);
  3. Click the "Quickconnect" button; and
  4. Click "OK" in the new window.

Step 11: Click "OK" in the new window, which is to carry the connecting;

Step 12: You will see your site files in the following folder path: var/www/html.

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