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So I have somehow waded my way through the heavily stinking gcloud sdk documentation, and managed to create a VM and connect to it. Now I wanted to upload some files to it, but as you'd imagine google be like: "Not so fast! Homie!", and wanted me to use some "SSH keys over Metadata" (whatever the h*ll that means), or do some somersault with its commandline tool.

These "simple" answers also didn't help either :(

Now, all things aside, I am a simple man, and love to appreciate simple things in life like uploading files using filezilla, and If I don't get that, I get pretty upset >:(

Have been pulling my hairs to get such a simple thing working.

Just how does a gentleman here upload some d*mn files yo?

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Ok, so after a lot of voodoo, I got sftp to Google Cloud VM working.

You need to generate a Public-Private Key pair on your local machine, you can use tools like ssh-keygen(linux) or putty-gen (windows).

Once you have the key pair, you can go to the following window in google web console.

Console > Metadata > SSH Keys > Edit > Add Item > Here goes our public key

Now, Since I am a big fan of FileZilla, I navigated to the following setting and added the private key.

Edit > Settings > Connection > SFTP > Add Key File

Now bear in mind, the "key comment" that was generated during creation or maybe added by you later will be the ftp-username and the password will be *blank*.

Happy ftpeeing.

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