Delete a custom image

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You can only delete custom images that you, or someone who has access to the project, have added. Use the Google Cloud console, Google Cloud CLI, or the Compute Engine API method to delete the image.

Before you begin

Delete a custom image


  1. In the Google Cloud console, go to the Images page.

    Go to Images

  2. Check the box to the left of the image you want to delete.

  3. Click Delete at the top of the page. Your image is deleted.


Use the gcloud compute images delete command to delete an image:

gcloud compute images delete IMAGE_NAME

Replace IMAGE_NAME with the name of the image to delete.


Make a POST request to the images().delete method. Specify the name of the image you want to delete.


Replace the following:

  • PROJECT_ID: the project to which the image belongs.
  • RESOURCE_ID: the name of the image that you want to delete.


import sys
from typing import Any, NoReturn

from google.api_core.extended_operation import ExtendedOperation
from import compute_v1

def wait_for_extended_operation(
    operation: ExtendedOperation, verbose_name: str = "operation", timeout: int = 300
) -> Any:
    This method will wait for the extended (long-running) operation to
    complete. If the operation is successful, it will return its result.
    If the operation ends with an error, an exception will be raised.
    If there were any warnings during the execution of the operation
    they will be printed to sys.stderr.

        operation: a long-running operation you want to wait on.
        verbose_name: (optional) a more verbose name of the operation,
            used only during error and warning reporting.
        timeout: how long (in seconds) to wait for operation to finish.
            If None, wait indefinitely.

        Whatever the operation.result() returns.

        This method will raise the exception received from `operation.exception()`
        or RuntimeError if there is no exception set, but there is an `error_code`
        set for the `operation`.

        In case of an operation taking longer than `timeout` seconds to complete,
        a `concurrent.futures.TimeoutError` will be raised.
    result = operation.result(timeout=timeout)

    if operation.error_code:
            f"Error during {verbose_name}: [Code: {operation.error_code}]: {operation.error_message}",
        print(f"Operation ID: {}", file=sys.stderr, flush=True)
        raise operation.exception() or RuntimeError(operation.error_message)

    if operation.warnings:
        print(f"Warnings during {verbose_name}:\n", file=sys.stderr, flush=True)
        for warning in operation.warnings:
            print(f" - {warning.code}: {warning.message}", file=sys.stderr, flush=True)

    return result

def delete_image(project_id: str, image_name: str) -> NoReturn:
    Deletes a disk image.

        project_id: project ID or project number of the Cloud project you use.
        image_name: name of the image you want to delete.
    image_client = compute_v1.ImagesClient()
    operation = image_client.delete(project=project_id, image=image_name)
    wait_for_extended_operation(operation, "image deletion")