Method: globalAddresses.get

Returns the specified address resource. Gets a list of available addresses by making a list() request.

HTTP request


The URL uses gRPC Transcoding syntax.

Path parameters



Project ID for this request.



Name of the address resource to return.

Request body

The request body must be empty.

Response body

If successful, the response body contains data with the following structure:

Use global external addresses for GFE-based external HTTP(S) load balancers in Premium Tier.

Use global internal addresses for reserved peering network range.

Use regional external addresses for the following resources:

  • External IP addresses for VM instances
  • Regional external forwarding rules
  • Cloud NAT external IP addresses
  • GFE based LBs in Standard Tier
  • Network LBs in Premium or Standard Tier
  • Cloud VPN gateways (both Classic and HA)

Use regional internal IP addresses for subnet IP ranges (primary and secondary). This includes:

  • Internal IP addresses for VM instances
  • Alias IP ranges of VM instances (/32 only)
  • Regional internal forwarding rules
  • Internal TCP/UDP load balancer addresses
  • Internal HTTP(S) load balancer addresses
  • Cloud DNS inbound forwarding IP addresses

For more information, see Reserving a static external IP address.

JSON representation
  "id": string,
  "creationTimestamp": string,
  "name": string,
  "description": string,
  "address": string,
  "prefixLength": integer,
  "status": enum,
  "region": string,
  "selfLink": string,
  "users": [
  "networkTier": enum,
  "labels": {
    string: string,
  "labelFingerprint": string,
  "ipVersion": enum,
  "addressType": enum,
  "purpose": enum,
  "subnetwork": string,
  "network": string,
  "kind": string

string (fixed64 format)

[Output Only] The unique identifier for the resource. This identifier is defined by the server.



[Output Only] Creation timestamp in RFC3339 text format.



Name of the resource. Provided by the client when the resource is created. The name must be 1-63 characters long, and comply with RFC1035. Specifically, the name must be 1-63 characters long and match the regular expression [a-z]([-a-z0-9]*[a-z0-9])?. The first character must be a lowercase letter, and all following characters (except for the last character) must be a dash, lowercase letter, or digit. The last character must be a lowercase letter or digit.



An optional description of this resource. Provide this field when you create the resource.



The static IP address represented by this resource.



The prefix length if the resource represents an IP range.



[Output Only] The status of the address, which can be one of RESERVING, RESERVED, or IN_USE. An address that is RESERVING is currently in the process of being reserved. A RESERVED address is currently reserved and available to use. An IN_USE address is currently being used by another resource and is not available.



[Output Only] The URL of the region where a regional address resides. For regional addresses, you must specify the region as a path parameter in the HTTP request URL. This field is not applicable to global addresses.



[Output Only] The URLs of the resources that are using this address.



This signifies the networking tier used for configuring this address and can only take the following values: PREMIUM or STANDARD. Global forwarding rules can only be Premium Tier. Regional forwarding rules can be either Premium or Standard Tier. Standard Tier addresses applied to regional forwarding rules can be used with any external load balancer. Regional forwarding rules in Premium Tier can only be used with a network load balancer.

If this field is not specified, it is assumed to be PREMIUM.


map (key: string, value: string)

Labels for this resource. These can only be added or modified by the setLabels method. Each label key/value pair must comply with RFC1035. Label values may be empty.

An object containing a list of "key": value pairs. Example: { "name": "wrench", "mass": "1.3kg", "count": "3" }.


string (bytes format)

A fingerprint for the labels being applied to this Address, which is essentially a hash of the labels set used for optimistic locking. The fingerprint is initially generated by Compute Engine and changes after every request to modify or update labels. You must always provide an up-to-date fingerprint hash in order to update or change labels, otherwise the request will fail with error 412 conditionNotMet.

To see the latest fingerprint, make a get() request to retrieve an Address.

A base64-encoded string.



The IP version that will be used by this address. Valid options are IPV4 or IPV6. This can only be specified for a global address.



The type of address to reserve, either INTERNAL or EXTERNAL. If unspecified, defaults to EXTERNAL.



The purpose of this resource, which can be one of the following values:

  • GCE_ENDPOINT for addresses that are used by VM instances, alias IP ranges, internal load balancers, and similar resources.
  • DNS_RESOLVER for a DNS resolver address in a subnetwork
  • VPC_PEERING for addresses that are reserved for VPC peer networks.
  • NAT_AUTO for addresses that are external IP addresses automatically reserved for Cloud NAT.
  • IPSEC_INTERCONNECT for addresses created from a private IP range that are reserved for a VLAN attachment in an IPsec-encrypted Cloud Interconnect configuration. These addresses are regional resources. Not currently available publicly.
  • SHARED_LOADBALANCER_VIP for an internal IP address that is assigned to multiple internal forwarding rules.
  • PRIVATE_SERVICE_CONNECT for a private network address that is used to configure Private Service Connect. Only global internal addresses can use this purpose.



The URL of the subnetwork in which to reserve the address. If an IP address is specified, it must be within the subnetwork's IP range. This field can only be used with INTERNAL type with a GCE_ENDPOINT or DNS_RESOLVER purpose.



The URL of the network in which to reserve the address. This field can only be used with INTERNAL type with the VPC_PEERING purpose.



[Output Only] Type of the resource. Always compute#address for addresses.

Authorization Scopes

Requires one of the following OAuth scopes:


For more information, see the Authentication Overview.

IAM Permissions

In addition to any permissions specified on the fields above, authorization requires one or more of the following IAM permissions:

  • compute.globalAddresses.get

To find predefined roles that contain those permissions, see Compute Engine IAM Roles.