How do you reference files in Block Storage?

Posted September 19, 2017 2.8k views
Ubuntu 16.04Block Storage

OK, so let’s say I set up Block Storage, and upload a bunch of my video files there. Can I call them using URLs, or only by *nix paths?

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Yes, you can, but you would have to configure web server per your needs.
If you set up Block Storage using on-creation instructions, you will have files in /mnt/volume-name. To make it accessible by URLs, you would need to add appropriate server block.
Something like explained in the How To Move an Apache Web Root to a New Location on Ubuntu 16.04, but you would add new block instead of editing existing.

If you give us more context, e.g. where your volume is mounted, what web server you are using, etc.. we would be able to give you more specific instructions.

by Melissa Anderson
In this guide, we’ll show you how to move an Apache document root to a new location which allows you to independently scale storage for different sites.

Thanks. So, because it is like an external hard drive – with no operating system of its own – one would have to have another droplet with LAMP (or similar) set up. I think that answers my question. Much appreciated.