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Read GCS and local paths with the same interface, clone of

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This is a standalone clone of TensorFlow's gfile, supporting both local paths and gs:// (Google Cloud Storage) paths.

The main function is BlobFile, a replacement for GFile. There are also a few additional functions, basename, dirname, and join, which mostly do the same thing as their os.path namesakes, only they also support gs:// paths.


pip install blobfile


import blobfile as bf

with bf.BlobFile("gs://my-bucket-name/cats", "wb") as w:

Here are the functions:

  • BlobFile - like open() but works with gs:// paths too
  • LocalBlobFile - like BlobFile() but operations take place on a local file. When reading this is done by downloading the file during the constructor, for writing this means uploading the file on close() or during destruction.

Some are inspired by existing os.path and shutil functions:

  • copy - copy a file from one path to another
  • exists - returns True if the file or directory exists
  • glob - return files matching a pattern, on GCS this only supports the * operator and can be slow if the * appears early in the pattern since GCS can only do prefix matches, all additional filtering must happen locally
  • isdir - returns True if the path is a directory
  • listdir - list contents of a directory
  • makedirs - ensure that a directory and all parent directories exist
  • remove - remove a file
  • stat - get the size and modification time of a file
  • walk - walk a directory tree, yielding (dirpath, dirnames, filenames) tuples
  • basename - get the final component of a path
  • dirname - get the path except for the final component
  • join - join 2 or more paths together, inserting directory separators between each component

There are a few bonus functions:

  • cache_key - returns a cache key that can be used for the path (this is not guaranteed to change when the content changes, but should hopefully do that)
  • get_url - returns a url for a path
  • md5 - get the md5 hash for a path, for GCS this is fast, but for other backends this may be slow
  • set_log_callback - set a log callback function log(msg: string) to use instead of printing to stdout

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