How to Download Multiple Files or an Entire Folder from Google Colab
Google Colab is a popular tool among data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. It is a free cloud-based platform that allows users to run Python code in a Jupyter notebook environment. One of the most convenient features of Google Colab is its ability to store data and files in Google Drive. However, downloading multiple files or an entire folder from Google Colab can be a bit of a challenge. In this article, we will explore how to download multiple files or an entire folder from Google Colab in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Mount Google Drive
The first step is to mount your Google Drive to Google Colab. This will allow you to access your Google Drive files and folders directly from Google Colab. To do this, you need to run the following code:
from google.colab import drive drive.mount('/content/drive')
This will prompt you to enter an authorization code. Follow the instructions provided in the prompt to obtain the code. Once you have entered the code, your Google Drive will be mounted to Google Colab.
Step 2: Navigate to the Folder
The next step is to navigate to the folder that you want to download on the left panel and choose
Copy path. Having the path, you can navigate to it by using the
For example, if the folder that you want to download is located in the root directory of your Google Drive, you can navigate to the folder by running the following code:
Step 3: Create a Zip File
Once you have navigated to the folder that you want to download, the next step is to create a zip file of the folder. This is necessary because Google Colab does not allow you to download folders directly. To create a zip file, you can use the following command:
!zip -r dataset.zip dataset/
dataset with the name of the folder that you want to download. This command will create a zip file of the folder with the same name as the folder.
Step 4: Download the Zip File
The final step is to download the zip file that you just created. You can do this by using the
files module in Python. Run the following code to download the zip file:
from google.colab import files files.download('dataset.zip')
dataset with the name of the folder that you zipped in the previous step. This will prompt a download dialog box in your browser, allowing you to download the zip file to your local machine.
Bonus Tip: Download Multiple Files
If you want to download multiple files from Google Colab, you can use the
files.download() function to download each file individually. For example, if you have three files named
file3.txt in a folder named
files, you can download all three files by running the following code:
from google.colab import files files.download('files/file1.txt') files.download('files/file2.txt') files.download('files/file3.txt')
This will prompt a download dialog box for each file, allowing you to download them to your local machine.
Downloading multiple files or an entire folder from Google Colab is a straightforward process that requires only a few simple steps. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily download your files and folders from Google Colab and transfer them to your local machine.
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