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How to upload files in Google Colab

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If you like and enjoy using Notebook for Python (Google Colab, Jupyter, ...), you will be glad that there is a tip that could help you save some time to import files from your computer (or the one from the user of your app/scrip).

2 lines to create a prompt to import files from the user computer

Did you know that by using 2 lines of code, you could easily import files in Google Colab? It's like a small user interface, like a prompt. This tip is like the input() code to get information from a user. In this case it will let them upload a file from their computer, to the notebook.

We will be using .upload() and create a variable. But first we need to import files from Google Colab

from google.colab import files
    file = files.upload()

If you want to know more about import, you should read Importing a library in Python

The (classic) drag and drop

Without using this prompt, there is still a drag and drop option directly on Google Colab. To do so, go to the Files tab on the left, and you will be able to drag and drop 1 file or several files at once. Even a folder or a .zip file to unzip.

In addition to that, the end user of your script will not be lost since it is the same behavior as on their computer or lots of websites in the web.

A GIF to explain to you how it works:

How to upload a file in Google Colab - Gif animated
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Learn more with the article FAQ

How to upload files in Google Colab - FAQs

How to Import Files from Your Computer to Google Colab?

In this FAQ, we discuss a simple yet effective tip to import files from your computer to Google Colab using just two lines of code. This method creates a prompt, similar to the input() function in Python, allowing users to upload files directly from their computer to the notebook. The process involves using the .upload() function and creating a variable after importing files from Google Colab.

What are the Different Ways to Import Files to Google Colab?

This FAQ explores the different methods of importing files to Google Colab. Apart from the prompt method, users can also utilize the classic drag and drop feature available on Google Colab. By navigating to the Files tab on the left, users can drag and drop single or multiple files, folders, or even .zip files. This method is intuitive and familiar to most users, making it a convenient option.

How to Enhance User Experience in File Importing on Google Colab?

In this FAQ, we delve into how to improve the user experience when importing files on Google Colab. By using a simple two-line code, developers can create a user-friendly interface that allows end users to upload files from their computer directly. This feature, akin to the input() function in Python, makes the process of file uploading seamless and efficient, enhancing overall user experience.

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