Quickstart Using a Linux VM

This page explains how to create a Linux virtual machine instance in Compute Engine using the Google Cloud Platform Console.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google account.

    If you don't already have one, sign up for a new account.

  2. Select or create a Cloud Platform project.

    Go to the Manage resources page

  3. Enable billing for your project.

    Enable billing

Create a virtual machine instance

  1. In the Cloud Platform Console, go to the VM Instances page.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. Click the Create instance button.
  3. In the Boot disk section, click Change to begin configuring your boot disk.
  4. In the OS images tab, choose the Debian 8 image.
  5. Click Select.
  6. In the Firewall section, select Allow HTTP traffic.
  7. Click the Create button to create the instance.

Screenshot of the VM instance creation window with the required options set

Allow a short time for the instance to start up. Once ready, it will be listed on the VM Instances page with a green status icon.

Connect to your instance

  1. In the Cloud Platform Console, go to the VM Instances page.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. In the list of virtual machine instances, click SSH in the row of the instance that you want to connect to.

You now have a terminal window for interacting with your Linux instance.

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud Platform account for the resources used in this quickstart:

  1. Go to the VM Instances page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. Click the name of the instance you created.
  3. At the top of the instance's details page, click Delete.

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