Method: machineImages.insert

Creates a machine image in the specified project using the data that is included in the request. If you are creating a new machine image to update an existing instance, your new machine image should use the same network or, if applicable, the same subnetwork as the original instance.

HTTP request

POST https://compute.googleapis.com/compute/beta/projects/{project}/global/machineImages

The URL uses gRPC Transcoding syntax.

Path parameters

Parameters
project

string

Project ID for this request.

Query parameters

Parameters
requestId

string

An optional request ID to identify requests. Specify a unique request ID so that if you must retry your request, the server will know to ignore the request if it has already been completed.

For example, consider a situation where you make an initial request and the request times out. If you make the request again with the same request ID, the server can check if original operation with the same request ID was received, and if so, will ignore the second request. This prevents clients from accidentally creating duplicate commitments.

The request ID must be a valid UUID with the exception that zero UUID is not supported (00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000).

sourceInstance

string

Required. Source instance that is used to create the machine image from.

Authorization requires the following IAM permission on the specified resource sourceInstance:

  • compute.instances.useReadOnly

Request body

The request body contains data with the following structure:

JSON representation
{
  "id": string,
  "creationTimestamp": string,
  "name": string,
  "description": string,
  "selfLink": string,
  "sourceInstance": string,
  "status": enum,
  "sourceInstanceProperties": {
    "description": string,
    "tags": {
      "items": [
        string
      ],
      "fingerprint": string
    },
    "machineType": string,
    "canIpForward": boolean,
    "networkInterfaces": [
      {
        "network": string,
        "subnetwork": string,
        "networkIP": string,
        "ipv6Address": string,
        "name": string,
        "accessConfigs": [
          {
            "type": enum,
            "name": string,
            "natIP": string,
            "externalIpv6": string,
            "externalIpv6PrefixLength": integer,
            "setPublicPtr": boolean,
            "publicPtrDomainName": string,
            "networkTier": enum,
            "kind": string
          }
        ],
        "ipv6AccessConfigs": [
          {
            "type": enum,
            "name": string,
            "natIP": string,
            "externalIpv6": string,
            "externalIpv6PrefixLength": integer,
            "setPublicPtr": boolean,
            "publicPtrDomainName": string,
            "networkTier": enum,
            "kind": string
          }
        ],
        "aliasIpRanges": [
          {
            "ipCidrRange": string,
            "subnetworkRangeName": string
          }
        ],
        "fingerprint": string,
        "stackType": enum,
        "ipv6AccessType": enum,
        "queueCount": integer,
        "nicType": enum,
        "kind": string
      }
    ],
    "disks": [
      {
        "type": enum,
        "mode": enum,
        "source": string,
        "deviceName": string,
        "index": integer,
        "boot": boolean,
        "autoDelete": boolean,
        "licenses": [
          string
        ],
        "interface": enum,
        "guestOsFeatures": [
          {
            "type": enum
          }
        ],
        "diskEncryptionKey": {
          "rawKey": string,
          "rsaEncryptedKey": string,
          "kmsKeyName": string,
          "sha256": string,
          "kmsKeyServiceAccount": string
        },
        "diskSizeGb": string,
        "storageBytes": string,
        "storageBytesStatus": enum,
        "diskType": string,
        "kind": string
      }
    ],
    "metadata": {
      "fingerprint": string,
      "items": [
        {
          "key": string,
          "value": string
        }
      ],
      "kind": string
    },
    "serviceAccounts": [
      {
        "email": string,
        "scopes": [
          string
        ]
      }
    ],
    "scheduling": {
      "onHostMaintenance": enum,
      "automaticRestart": boolean,
      "preemptible": boolean,
      "nodeAffinities": [
        {
          "key": string,
          "operator": enum,
          "values": [
            string
          ]
        }
      ],
      "minNodeCpus": integer,
      "locationHint": string,
      "maintenanceFreezeDurationHours": integer,
      "maintenanceInterval": enum,
      "hostErrorTimeoutSeconds": integer
    },
    "labels": {
      string: string,
      ...
    },
    "guestAccelerators": [
      {
        "acceleratorType": string,
        "acceleratorCount": integer
      }
    ],
    "minCpuPlatform": string,
    "deletionProtection": boolean,
    "postKeyRevocationActionType": enum
  },
  "storageLocations": [
    string
  ],
  "machineImageEncryptionKey": {
    "rawKey": string,
    "rsaEncryptedKey": string,
    "kmsKeyName": string,
    "sha256": string,
    "kmsKeyServiceAccount": string
  },
  "guestFlush": boolean,
  "sourceDiskEncryptionKeys": [
    {
      "sourceDisk": string,
      "diskEncryptionKey": {
        "sha256": string,
        "kmsKeyServiceAccount": string,

        
        "rawKey": string,
        "rsaEncryptedKey": string,
        "kmsKeyName": string
        
      }
    }
  ],
  "totalStorageBytes": string,
  "satisfiesPzs": boolean,
  "kind": string
}
Fields
id

string (fixed64 format)

[Output Only] A unique identifier for this machine image. The server defines this identifier.

creationTimestamp

string

[Output Only] The creation timestamp for this machine image in RFC3339 text format.

name

string

[REQUIRED] 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])? which means the first character must be a lowercase letter, and all following characters must be a dash, lowercase letter, or digit, except the last character, which cannot be a dash.

description

string

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

sourceInstance

string

The source instance used to create the machine image. You can provide this as a partial or full URL to the resource. For example, the following are valid values:

Authorization requires the following IAM permission on the specified resource sourceInstance:

  • compute.instances.useReadOnly
status

enum

[Output Only] The status of the machine image. One of the following values: INVALID, CREATING, READY, DELETING, and UPLOADING.

sourceInstanceProperties

object

[Output Only] Properties of source instance.

sourceInstanceProperties.description

string

An optional text description for the instances that are created from this machine image.

sourceInstanceProperties.tags

object

A list of tags to apply to the instances that are created from this machine image. The tags identify valid sources or targets for network firewalls. The setTags method can modify this list of tags. Each tag within the list must comply with RFC1035.

sourceInstanceProperties.tags.items[]

string

An array of tags. Each tag must be 1-63 characters long, and comply with RFC1035.

sourceInstanceProperties.tags.fingerprint

string (bytes format)

Specifies a fingerprint for this request, which is essentially a hash of the tags' contents and used for optimistic locking. The fingerprint is initially generated by Compute Engine and changes after every request to modify or update tags. You must always provide an up-to-date fingerprint hash in order to update or change tags.

To see the latest fingerprint, make get() request to the instance.

A base64-encoded string.

sourceInstanceProperties.machineType

string

The machine type to use for instances that are created from this machine image.

sourceInstanceProperties.canIpForward

boolean

Enables instances created based on this machine image to send packets with source IP addresses other than their own and receive packets with destination IP addresses other than their own. If these instances will be used as an IP gateway or it will be set as the next-hop in a Route resource, specify true. If unsure, leave this set to false. See the Enable IP forwarding documentation for more information.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[]

object

An array of network access configurations for this interface.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].network

string

URL of the network resource for this instance. When creating an instance, if neither the network nor the subnetwork is specified, the default network global/networks/default is used; if the network is not specified but the subnetwork is specified, the network is inferred.

If you specify this property, you can specify the network as a full or partial URL. For example, the following are all valid URLs:

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].subnetwork

string

The URL of the Subnetwork resource for this instance. If the network resource is in legacy mode, do not specify this field. If the network is in auto subnet mode, specifying the subnetwork is optional. If the network is in custom subnet mode, specifying the subnetwork is required. If you specify this field, you can specify the subnetwork as a full or partial URL. For example, the following are all valid URLs:

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].networkIP

string

An IPv4 internal IP address to assign to the instance for this network interface. If not specified by the user, an unused internal IP is assigned by the system.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6Address

string

[Output Only] An IPv6 internal network address for this network interface.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].name

string

[Output Only] The name of the network interface, which is generated by the server. For network devices, these are eth0, eth1, etc.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[]

object

An array of configurations for this interface. Currently, only one access config, ONE_TO_ONE_NAT, is supported. If there are no accessConfigs specified, then this instance will have no external internet access.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].type

enum

The type of configuration. The default and only option is ONE_TO_ONE_NAT.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].name

string

The name of this access configuration. The default and recommended name is External NAT, but you can use any arbitrary string, such as My external IP or Network Access.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].natIP

string

An external IP address associated with this instance. Specify an unused static external IP address available to the project or leave this field undefined to use an IP from a shared ephemeral IP address pool. If you specify a static external IP address, it must live in the same region as the zone of the instance.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].externalIpv6

string

[Output Only] The first IPv6 address of the external IPv6 range associated with this instance, prefix length is stored in externalIpv6PrefixLength in ipv6AccessConfig. The field is output only, an IPv6 address from a subnetwork associated with the instance will be allocated dynamically.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].externalIpv6PrefixLength

integer

[Output Only] The prefix length of the external IPv6 range.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].setPublicPtr

boolean

Specifies whether a public DNS 'PTR' record should be created to map the external IP address of the instance to a DNS domain name.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].publicPtrDomainName

string

The DNS domain name for the public PTR record. You can set this field only if the setPublicPtr field is enabled.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].networkTier

enum

This signifies the networking tier used for configuring this access configuration and can only take the following values: PREMIUM, STANDARD.

If an AccessConfig is specified without a valid external IP address, an ephemeral IP will be created with this networkTier.

If an AccessConfig with a valid external IP address is specified, it must match that of the networkTier associated with the Address resource owning that IP.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].accessConfigs[].kind

string

[Output Only] Type of the resource. Always compute#accessConfig for access configs.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[]

object

An array of IPv6 access configurations for this interface. Currently, only one IPv6 access config, DIRECT_IPV6, is supported. If there is no ipv6AccessConfig specified, then this instance will have no external IPv6 Internet access.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].type

enum

The type of configuration. The default and only option is ONE_TO_ONE_NAT.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].name

string

The name of this access configuration. The default and recommended name is External NAT, but you can use any arbitrary string, such as My external IP or Network Access.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].natIP

string

An external IP address associated with this instance. Specify an unused static external IP address available to the project or leave this field undefined to use an IP from a shared ephemeral IP address pool. If you specify a static external IP address, it must live in the same region as the zone of the instance.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].externalIpv6

string

[Output Only] The first IPv6 address of the external IPv6 range associated with this instance, prefix length is stored in externalIpv6PrefixLength in ipv6AccessConfig. The field is output only, an IPv6 address from a subnetwork associated with the instance will be allocated dynamically.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].externalIpv6PrefixLength

integer

[Output Only] The prefix length of the external IPv6 range.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].setPublicPtr

boolean

Specifies whether a public DNS 'PTR' record should be created to map the external IP address of the instance to a DNS domain name.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].publicPtrDomainName

string

The DNS domain name for the public PTR record. You can set this field only if the setPublicPtr field is enabled.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].networkTier

enum

This signifies the networking tier used for configuring this access configuration and can only take the following values: PREMIUM, STANDARD.

If an AccessConfig is specified without a valid external IP address, an ephemeral IP will be created with this networkTier.

If an AccessConfig with a valid external IP address is specified, it must match that of the networkTier associated with the Address resource owning that IP.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessConfigs[].kind

string

[Output Only] Type of the resource. Always compute#accessConfig for access configs.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].aliasIpRanges[]

object

An array of alias IP ranges for this network interface. You can only specify this field for network interfaces in VPC networks.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].aliasIpRanges[].ipCidrRange

string

The IP alias ranges to allocate for this interface. This IP CIDR range must belong to the specified subnetwork and cannot contain IP addresses reserved by system or used by other network interfaces. This range may be a single IP address (such as 10.2.3.4), a netmask (such as /24) or a CIDR-formatted string (such as 10.1.2.0/24).

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].aliasIpRanges[].subnetworkRangeName

string

The name of a subnetwork secondary IP range from which to allocate an IP alias range. If not specified, the primary range of the subnetwork is used.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].fingerprint

string (bytes format)

Fingerprint hash of contents stored in this network interface. This field will be ignored when inserting an Instance or adding a NetworkInterface. An up-to-date fingerprint must be provided in order to update the NetworkInterface. The request will fail with error 400 Bad Request if the fingerprint is not provided, or 412 Precondition Failed if the fingerprint is out of date.

A base64-encoded string.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].stackType

enum

The stack type for this network interface to identify whether the IPv6 feature is enabled or not. If not specified, IPV4_ONLY will be used.

This field can be both set at instance creation and update network interface operations.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].ipv6AccessType

enum

[Output Only] One of EXTERNAL, INTERNAL to indicate whether the IP can be accessed from the Internet. This field is always inherited from its subnetwork.

Valid only if stackType is IPV4_IPV6.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].queueCount

integer

The networking queue count that's specified by users for the network interface. Both Rx and Tx queues will be set to this number. It'll be empty if not specified by the users.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].nicType

enum

The type of vNIC to be used on this interface. This may be gVNIC or VirtioNet.

sourceInstanceProperties.networkInterfaces[].kind

string

[Output Only] Type of the resource. Always compute#networkInterface for network interfaces.

sourceInstanceProperties.disks[]

object