Cloud Functions

The simplest way to run your code

Cloud Functions is Google Cloud’s event-driven serverless compute platform. Run your code locally or in the cloud without having to provision servers. Go from code to deploy with continuous delivery and monitoring tools. Cloud Functions scales up or down, so you pay only for compute resources you use. Easily create end-to-end complex development scenarios by connecting with existing Google Cloud or third-party services.

  • No servers to provision, manage, or upgrade
  • Automatically scale based on the load
  • Simplify complex application development across different languages
  • Integrated monitoring, logging, and distributed tracing
  • Built-in security at role and per function level based on the principle of least privilege
  • Key networking capabilities for hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios

Key features

Simplified developer experience and increased developer velocity

Cloud Functions has a simple and intuitive developer experience. Just write your code and let Google Cloud handle the operational infrastructure. Develop faster by writing and running small code snippets that respond to events. Connect to Google Cloud or third-party cloud services via triggers to streamline challenging orchestration problems.

Pay only for what you use

You are only billed for your function’s execution time, metered to the nearest 100 milliseconds. You pay nothing when your function is idle. Cloud Functions automatically spins up and backs down in response to events.

Avoid lock-in with open technology

Use open source FaaS (function as a service) framework to run functions across multiple environments and prevent lock-in. Supported environments include Cloud Functions, local development environment, on-premises, Cloud Run, Cloud Run for Anthos, and other Knative-based serverless environments.

Customer stories

Highlights

  • CTO: “Almost everything becomes code whether it's the web services, or the database interactions”

  • Creates new instances for game servers in just 20 seconds, minimizing delays for gamers

  • Frees developers to work on creating newer and better products instead of worrying about infrastructure management

Industry

  • Gaming

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What’s new

Documentation

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Getting started with Cloud Functions

Create and deploy a Cloud Function using only your web browser by using the Google Cloud Console.

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Deploy a Cloud Function from the command line

Create and deploy a Cloud Function using the gcloud command-line tool.

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Real-time file processing, run code in response to file uploads

Learn how to run code in response to file uploads to a Cloud Storage bucket.

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Run code in response to HTTP requests

Create a Cloud Function that processes an HTTP request.

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Trigger a function by publishing a message to a Pub/Sub topic

Learn how to trigger a Cloud Function by publishing a message to a Pub/Sub topic.

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Use Cloud Functions to send emails and analyze data using BigQuery

Learn how to use Cloud Functions to send emails through the SendGrid platform, receive SendGrid analytics data via webhooks, and load the analytics data into BigQuery for analysis.

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Trigger a function that does ML to extract text from images

Learn how to use a Cloud Function to extract text from images using Cloud Vision API.

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Interact with Firebase Realtime Database using HTTP-triggered Cloud Function

Learn how to use a Cloud Function to interact with the Firebase Realtime Database.

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Implement Slack Slash command to interact with users

Learn how to use a Cloud Function to implement a custom Slack Slash command to interact with users.

Common use cases

Serverless application back ends

Trigger your code from Google Cloud services or call it directly from any web, mobile, or backend application. Cloud Functions provides a connective layer of logic that lets you integrate and extend Google Cloud and third-party services, making it possible to rapidly build serverless applications that are highly available, secure, and cost-effective.

Integration with third-party services and APIs

Use Cloud Functions to surface your own microservices via HTTP APIs or integrate with third-party services that offer webhook integrations to quickly extend your application with powerful capabilities such as sending a confirmation email after a successful Stripe payment or responding to Twilio text message events.

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Serverless mobile back ends

Use Cloud Functions directly from Firebase to extend your application functionality without spinning up a server. Run your code in response to user actions, analytics, and authentication events to keep your users engaged with event-based notifications and offload CPU- and networking-intensive tasks to Google Cloud.

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Serverless IoT back ends

Use Cloud Functions with Cloud IoT Core and other fully managed services to build back ends for Internet of Things (IoT) device telemetry data collection, real-time processing, and analysis. Cloud Functions allows you to apply custom logic to each event as it arrives.

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Real-time data processing systems

Execute your code in response to changes in data. Cloud Functions can respond to events from Google Cloud services such as Cloud Storage, Pub/Sub, and Stackdriver Logging, allowing you to power a variety of serverless real-time data processing systems.

Real-time file processing

Use Cloud Functions to respond to events from Cloud Storage or Firebase Storage to process files immediately after upload to generate thumbnails from image uploads, process logs, validate content, transcode videos, validate, aggregate, and filter data in real time.

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Real-time stream processing

Use Cloud Functions to respond to events from Pub/Sub to process, transform, and enrich streaming data in transaction processing, click-stream analysis, application activity tracking, IoT device telemetry, social media analysis, and other types of applications.

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Intelligent applications

Easily inject artificial intelligence into your applications.

Virtual assistants and conversational experiences

Use Cloud Functions with Cloud Speech API and Dialogflow to extend your products and services with voice- and text-based natural conversational experiences that help users get things done. Connect with users on Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger, and other popular platforms and devices.

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Video and image analysis

Use Cloud Functions with Video Intelligence API and Cloud Vision API to retrieve relevant information from videos and images, enabling you to search, discover, and derive insight from your media content.

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Sentiment analysis

Use Cloud Functions in combination with Cloud Natural Language API to reveal the structure and meaning of text and add powerful sentiment analysis and intent extraction capabilities to your applications.

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All features

Connects and extends services to build complex applications Cloud Functions lets you treat all Google Cloud, Firebase, Google Assistant, and third-party cloud services as building blocks, connect and extend them with code, and rapidly move from concept to production. Develop end-to-end solutions and complex workflows using Cloud Functions and other Google Cloud services such as Pub/Sub, Cloud Tasks, Cloud Scheduler, Firestore, Cloud ML, Vision API, and BigQuery. Further, integrate with third-party services that offer webhook integrations to quickly extend your application with powerful capabilities.
End-to-end development and diagnosability Go from code to deploy, with integrated monitoring. Get full observability and diagnosability for your application with Stackdriver. Additionally, get support for local and disconnected development/debugging using open sourced functions framework.
Scales automatically Serve users from zero to planet-scale without even thinking about any infrastructure. Cloud Functions automatically manages and scales underlying infrastructure with the size of workload.
No server management Deploy your code and let Google run and scale it for you. Cloud Functions abstracts away all the underlying infrastructure, so that you can focus on your code and build applications faster than ever before.
Runs code in response to events Cloud Functions allows you to trigger your code from Google Cloud, Firebase, and Google Assistant, or call it directly from any web, mobile, or backend application via HTTP.
Pay only for what you use You are only billed for your function’s execution time, metered to the nearest 100 milliseconds. You pay nothing when your function is idle. Cloud Functions automatically spins up and backs down in response to events.
Avoid lock-in with open technology Use open source FaaS (function as a service) framework to run functions across multiple environments and prevent lock-in. Supported environments include Cloud Functions, local development environment, on-premises, Cloud Run, Cloud Run for Anthos, and other Knative-based serverless environments.

Pricing

Cloud Functions is priced according to how long your function runs, how many times it's invoked, and how many resources you provision for the function.

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