You can use access tokens to authenticate for a short period of time with Google Cloud APIs. If access tokens are not required, you should use a service account to authenticate your Cloud Run for Anthos services.
Fetching access tokens
When your code runs on Cloud Run for Anthos it can use the Compute Metadata Server to fetch access tokens. You cannot query the metadata server directly from your local computer.
By default, access tokens have the
cloud-platform scope, which allows access
to all Google Cloud APIs, assuming Identity and Access Management also allows access. In order to
access other Google or Google Cloud APIs, you will need to fetch an access
token with the appropriate scope.
You can use the Compute Metadata Server to fetch access tokens.
If you need an access token with a specific scope, you can generate one as follows:
curl "http://metadata.google.internal/computeMetadata/v1/instance/service-accounts/default/token?scopes=[SCOPES]" \ -H "Metadata-Flavor: Google"
SCOPES is a comma separated list of OAuth scopes
requested, for example:
Consult the full list of Google OAuth scopes to find which scopes you need.
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