Google Compute Engine

Release Notes

This page contains release notes for each version of the Google Compute Engine API.

Current version: v1

Release history

  1. February 20, 2015
  2. February 19, 2015
  3. February 05, 2015
  4. February 04, 2015
  5. January 20, 2015
  6. January 13, 2015
  7. December 23, 2014
  8. December 17, 2014
  1. December 10, 2014
  2. December 08, 2014
  3. December 02, 2014
  4. November 19, 2014
  5. November 13, 2014
  6. November 04, 2014
  7. November 03, 2014
  8. October 29, 2014
  9. October 15, 2014
  10. October 06, 2014
  1. October 01, 2014
  2. September 29, 2014
  3. September 19, 2014
  4. September 16, 2014
  5. September 04, 2014
  6. August 13, 2014
  7. August 12, 2014
  8. August 04, 2014
  9. July 22, 2014
  10. July 10, 2014
  11. Archived release notes

February 20, 2015


Removed the limit on number of API requests per day for all projects. See API rate limits for more information.

February 19, 2015


Added new europe-west1-d zone. europe-west1-d zone is a Haswell zone that is now available to all projects and users.

Currently, europe-west1-d zone offers 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E5 v3 Haswell processors. For more information, see Zones and Machine Types.

February 05, 2015


Released new Debian 7 images v20150127 which performs automatic resizing of root persistent disks up to 2 TB. For more information, see Repartition a root persistent disk.

February 04, 2015


Added UUIDs to virtual machine instances that can be queried through the dmidecode tool. For more information, see Identifying an instance through the UUID.

January 20, 2015


Local SSDs are now in General Availability and can be used by all projects and users.

January 13, 2015


Released new instance stop() and start() features in Beta. See Stopping an instance and Restarting a stopped instance for more information.

December 23, 2014


Added instructions for Importing an AMI image into Compute Engine.

December 17, 2014


Ubuntu images are now in General Availability.

December 10, 2014


Added new Windows images alias to gcloud compute. You can now specify the latest version of the Windows image by providing the following flag with your instance or disk creation request:

--image windows-2008-r2

For more information, see Starting a new Windows virtual machine instance.

December 08, 2014


Windows 2008 R2 is now available in Beta to all users and projects. Additionally, we've also added support for Microsoft license mobility.

December 02, 2014


Added support for local SSD in all zones, except us-central1-b and europe-west1-a (which is deprecated).

November 19, 2014


gcloud version 0.9.37 and higher now has support for local SSD flags without an additional repository download. Additionally, the command-line flags have changed for creating local SSDs. For more information, see Local SSD.


Added support for shutdown scripts in Ubuntu images.

November 13, 2014


Released new shutdown script feature in Beta for image versions v20141007 and newer. Shutdown scripts allow users to execute commands, on a best-effort basis, right before an instance is terminated or restarted. For more information, see Shutdown scripts.

November 04, 2014


Lowered pricing for persistent SSD and persistent disk snapshots. See Persistent disk pricing for more information.


Lowered network pricing. See Network pricing for more information.


Autoscaler is now available in Beta and available to all users and projects. See Autoscaler for more information.

November 03, 2014

Images & kernels

Canonical Ubuntu images are now in Beta. For full release notes, see the Canonical release notes.

October 29, 2014

Regions & zones

Added new europe-west1-c zone. europe-west1-c zone is an Ivy Bridge zone that is now available to all projects and users. See Zones for more information.


Released new local SSDs in Beta phase. This is now available to all users and projects. See Local SSD for more information.

October 15, 2014

Regions & zones

Deprecated europe-west1-a zone. europe-west1-a has been deprecated and will be permanently turned down on March 29th, 2015. You should move all resources to europe-west1-b and ensure that you are no longer using any resources in europe-west1-a after March 29th, 2015.

We expect that an additional zone, europe-west1-c will be available in two weeks, on October 31st, 2014.

For instructions on how to move your instances, see Moving an instance between zones.

October 06, 2014

Images & kernels

  • Released new RHEL 7 image, rhel-7-v20141001. For more information, see Operating Systems.
  • For RHEL 7 images, updated the firewall configuration so that all traffic is allowed by default, similar to existing CentOS images.

October 01, 2014

Machine types

Lowered pricing for all machine types in all locations. For more information, see the price sheet.

September 29, 2014

Images & kernels

Released new images, v20140926, that mitigates additional vulnerabilities in the bash security bug. See Security bulletins for detailed information.

September 19, 2014


Added new utilizationTargetType property in the API and new --custom-metric-utilization-target-type CUSTOM_METRIC_UTILIZATION_TARGET_TYPE flag in gcloud compute that specifies how the target value should be measured, either as a GAUGE value or a DELTA_PER_MINUTE value. This property is required if you are specifying a Cloud Monitoring metric. For more information, see the Autoscaler documentation.

September 16, 2014

gcloud compute

Updated gcloud compute behavior so creating a new Windows instance requires an image name and the image project. See Starting a new Windows virtual machine for more information.

September 04, 2014

Images & kernels

Released new CentOS 7 image, centos-7-v20140903. See Operating Systems for more information.

August 13, 2014

gcloud compute

Released gcloud compute into General Availability. Major changes from the last Open Preview release are:

  • Added new compute/zone and compute/region properties that can be used to set a default zone and region. To set the properties, run gcloud config set compute/zone ZONE and gcloud config set compute/region REGION.
  • Added support for overriding disk auto-deletion during instance deletion.
  • Updated the output of commands that mutate resources to be more human-friendly. The --format flag can be used for more verbose output.
  • Replaced all get subcommands with describe subcommands (e.g., gcloud compute instances get has been replaced with gcloud compute instances describe).
  • Renamed the firewalls collection to firewall-rules.
  • Added support to the addresses collection for interacting with global addresses.

August 12, 2014


The scheduled maintenance for europe-west1-a zone has been cancelled and all zones have now transitioned to using transparent maintenance. This means that virtual machines set to live migrate will no longer be taken offline for maintenance in any zone.

For information on transparent maintenance and how to set your virtual machines to live migrate, see the Setting instance scheduling options documentation.

August 04, 2014


Added new zone, asia-east1-c, with transparent maintenance support. asia-east1-c is now available to all projects and users. See the Zones and Region documentation for more details.

July 22, 2014

Images & kernels

  • Released new Windows images windows-server-2008-r2-dc-v20140716 with the following updates:

    • Allows load balancing for Windows virtual machines that are not in a zone marked by a -windows suffix. See the Load Balancing documentation for more information.
    • Fixes a bug where Windows snapshots could not start new instances.
  • Enabled support for Windows virtual machine instances in all zones. Windows instances are no longer limited to Windows-specific zones. For information on starting and using Windows instances, see the Operating Systems documentation. Existing -windows zones will be inaccessible starting August 15th, 2014, and it is recommended that you restart your instance using the newest Windows image in a non-Windows zone before August 15, 2014.

July 10, 2014


Added new zone, us-central1-f, with transparent maintenance support. us-central1-f is now available to all projects and users. See the Zones and Region documentation for more details.