REGION_ID is an abbreviated code that Google assigns
based on the region you select when you create your app. The code does not
correspond to a country or province, even though some region IDs may appear
similar to commonly used country and province codes. Including
REGION_ID.r in App Engine URLs is optional for
existing apps and will soon be required for all new apps.
To ensure a smooth transition, we are slowly updating App Engine to use region IDs. If we haven't updated your Google Cloud project yet, you won't see a region ID for your app. Since the ID is optional for existing apps, you don't need to update URLs or make other changes once the region ID is available for your existing apps.
Learn more about region IDs.
This quickstart shows how to deploy a sample app on App Engine. If you want to learn about coding an app for App Engine, see Building an App.
There are no costs associated with running this guide. Running this sample app alone does not exceed your free quota.
Before you begin
- Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.
Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.
- Enable the Cloud Build API.
- Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.
Initialize your App Engine app with your project and choose its region:
gcloud app create --project=[YOUR_PROJECT_ID]
When prompted, select the region where you want to locate your App Engine application.
Install the following prerequisites:
App Engine locations
App Engine is regional, which means the infrastructure that runs your apps is located in a specific region, and Google manages it so that it is available redundantly across all of the zones within that region.
Meeting your latency, availability, or durability requirements are primary factors for selecting the region where your apps are run. You can generally select the region nearest to your app's users, but you should consider the locations where App Engine is available as well as the locations of the other Google Cloud products and services that your app uses. Using services across multiple locations can affect your app's latency as well as its pricing.
You cannot change an app's region after you set it.
If you already created an App Engine application, you can view its region by doing one of the following:
gcloud app describecommand.
Open the App Engine Dashboard in the Cloud Console. The region appears near the top of the page.
This quickstart demonstrates a simple Node.js application written with the Express.js framework.
Download the sample code
Use our simple Hello World app for a quick overview of deploying a web service on App Engine. Follow these steps to download the code to your development environment:
Download the Node.js sample app repository:
Open the repository in Cloud Shell:
Download the repository as a ZIP file and extract it.
Alternatively, clone the repository with
git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/nodejs-docs-samples
Change to the directory that contains the Hello World app:
Run Hello World locally
Install dependencies for the project:
Start the HTTP server:
View the app in your web browser:
In the Cloud Shell toolbar, click Web preview and select Preview on port 8080.
Point your web browser to
You can see the message "Hello, world!" displayed on the page.
Stop the HTTP server by pressing Ctrl+C in the terminal window.
Deploy and run Hello World on App Engine
Deploy the Hello World app on App Engine by running the following command from the
gcloud app deploy
View the live app at
gcloud app browse
The message "Hello, world!" is now delivered by a web server running on an App Engine instance.
Congratulations! You've successfully deployed a Node.js web service on App Engine!
If you want to continue learning about App Engine, you can keep your Cloud project and follow along with Building an App.
Alternatively, you can delete your Cloud project to stop billing for all the resources used within that project.
- In the Cloud Console, go to the Manage resources page.
- In the project list, select the project that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
- In the dialog, type the project ID, and then click Shut down to delete the project.
Now that you have experience deploying a web service on App Engine, get a more in-depth walkthrough of Node.js on App Engine by reading Building an App.
For more information about the Node.js runtime in the App Engine standard environment, see Node.js Runtime Environment.