How-to guides

These guides describe how to perform various common tasks using the Compute Engine API.

For information about specific methods, see the API reference.

Authorize requests
Basics of using OAuth 2.0 to authorize requests.
Creating API requests and handling responses
Construct API requests and handle API responses from the Compute Engine API.
Standard query parameters
Query parameters that can be used with all methods and all resources in the Compute Engine API.
Improve performance
Techniques for improving your application's performance, including using gzip and working with partial resources.
Batch requests
Batch API calls together to reduce the number of HTTP connections your client has to make.