Create a Confidential VM instance in the Cloud console

This page shows you the quickest way set up a Confidential VM instance using the Google Cloud console and default settings. For details on all configuration options, including how to set up a Confidential VM instance using the Google Cloud CLI or the Compute Engine API, see Creating a Confidential VM instance. For information about Confidential VM's features and concepts, see Confidential VM and Compute Engine.


For step-by-step guidance on this task directly in console, click Guide me:

Guide me


The following sections take you through the same steps as clicking Guide me.

Before you begin

  1. 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.
  2. In the Google Cloud console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to check if billing is enabled on a project.

  4. Enable the Compute Engine API.

    Enable the API

  5. In the Google Cloud console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  6. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to check if billing is enabled on a project.

  7. Enable the Compute Engine API.

    Enable the API

Create a Confidential VM instance

To create a Confidential VM, complete the following steps.

  1. In the console, go to the VM Instances page.

    Go to VM Instances

  2. On the VM instances page, click Create instance.

  3. Select the Confidential VM Service checkbox.

    The Confidential VM checkbox.

  4. In the Enable Confidential Computing service dialog, review the list of settings that are updated when you enable the service, and then click Enable.

  5. Click Create.

You return to the VM instances page where you can view the status and details for your new instance. When a Green checkmark. appears under Status, your new Confidential VM is ready to use.

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud account for the resources used on this page, follow these steps.

  1. In the console, go to the VM instances page.

    Go to VM instances

  2. Select the checkbox for the instance that you want to delete.
  3. To delete the instance, click More actions, click Delete, and then follow the instructions.

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