Getting Started With the Console

Last updated: 2020-09-25 11:50:02


    The COS console is the easiest way to work with COS without even considering using code or programs.


    If you are a first-time COS user, we recommend that you first learn about the following concepts:

    • Bucket: a container for objects stored in COS.
    • Object: the basic unit of COS storage, which can be understood as data in any format, such as images, documents, audio and video, etc.
    • Region: a physical location where data centers are hosted on Tencent Cloud. Buckets that store COS data reside in regions.

    The following will describe how to get started with COS and store your data in the cloud using the console.

    Step 1. Sign up for a Tencent Cloud Account

    You must register a Tencent Cloud account before you can use the COS service. To do so, click the button below (Skip this step if you already have an account.)

    Step 2. Verify your Identity

    Once registered, use your registered account to log in to Tencent Cloud Console and verify your identity. For detailed instructions, please see Identity Verification Guide (If you are already done so, please skip this step.)

    Step 3. Activate COS Service

    Open the Tencent Cloud Console, and select Products > Cloud Object Storage to enter the COS console. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to activate COS service (If you have already done so, please skip this step.)

    Step 4. Create a Bucket

    You need to create a bucket to store your objects.

    1. Log in to the COS Console and click Bucket List on the left sidebar to enter the bucket management page.
    2. Click Create Bucket and configure information as follows:
      • Name: enter the bucket name, which cannot be modified once set, e.g. examplebucket.
      • Region: select a region nearest to your business where the bucket resides, e.g. Guangzhou.
      • Access Permissions: access permission for the bucket. You can leave the default option Private Read/Write.
    3. Click OK.

    Step 5. Upload an Object

    To upload a local file to your bucket:

    1. Click the bucket name to enter the object list page.
    2. Select Upload Files > Select Files and choose a file to upload, such as exampleobjext.txt.
    3. Click Upload.

    Step 6. Download an Object

    To download COS data locally:

    1. Click Details under Operation for the object exampleobjext.txt to enter the object attribute page.
    2. To download the object, simply click Download Objects under Basic Information, or click Copy Temporary Link, paste the link into a browser, and press Enter.

    More Features

    To learn more about what COS can offer, such as setting object access permissions, hotlink protection, and static websites, please see Console Overview.

    Other Accesses

    In addition to the console, COS also offers the following accesses for you to get started with.

    Access Description
    COSBrowser Provides a user-friendly interface to easily upload and download objects, and generate access URLs.
    COSCMD Enables you to use simple command lines to upload, download, and delete objects in batches.
    APIs COS uses XML APIs, which are lightweight, connectionless, and stateless. By calling XML APIs, you can send requests to and accept responses from COS directly over HTTP/HTTPS.
    SDKs Support many major programming languages including Android, C, C++, .NET, Go, iOS, Java, JavaScript, Node.js, PHP, Python, and Wechat Mini Program.


    We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience you may have encountered when using the console. If you need to reach out, please contact us by submitting a ticket.

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