Google Cloud Platform
Compute Engine

Operating Systems

Google Compute Engine is compatible with several Linux and Windows operating systems. Public images provided by either Google or third-party vendors are available and ready to use.

You can also use customized versions of images, or build your own image from scratch.

For more information about each operating system, see the Linux or Windows documentation.

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Operating systems with support from Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine provides support for the following operating system images:

Operating system Documentation Support channel Compute Engine image Notes
CentOS Website Google Compute Engine team centos-7
centos-6
Debian Website Google Compute Engine team debian-8
debian-7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Website Google Compute Engine team rhel-7
rhel-6
Premium
SUSE Website Google Compute Engine team sles-12
sles-11
Premium
Ubuntu LTS Website Google Compute Engine team ubuntu-14-04
ubuntu-12-04
Ubuntu Website Google Compute Engine team ubuntu-15-10
ubuntu-15-04
Windows Server Website Google Compute Engine team windows-2012-r2
windows-2008-r2
Premium

Operating systems with support outside of Compute Engine

For the following operating system images, you can get support with the resource listed under Support channel.

Operating system Documentation Support channel Compute Engine image
CoreOS Website CoreOS forums

coreos

openSUSE Website openSUSE community opensuse-13

Compute Engine does not manage these operating systems and any questions or costs would be determined by the corresponding operating system community.

Operating systems that update automatically

Instances update automatically if they use public images for the following operating systems:

These operating systems are preconfigured by the operating system vendor to automatically apply security patches and system upgrades. Some updates might require an instance to restart before the updates can fully take effect.

Automatic updates apply system upgrades only for minor versions, and do not upgrade instances between major versions of the operating system. RHEL and CentOS instances automatically update their installed packages in addition to the security patches and system upgrades.