The Cloud Functions Python runtime is based on Python version 3.7.0.
Selecting the runtime
You can select the Python runtime for your function during deployment.
If you are using the
gcloud command-line tool, you can specify the runtime
by using the
--runtime parameter. For example:
gcloud beta functions deploy NAME --runtime python37 --trigger-http
For more arguments that you can specify when you are deploying, see Deploy using the gcloud tool.
If you are using the GCP Console, you can select the runtime when you create and deploy a function.
In the GCP Console, go to the Cloud Functions Overview page.
Make sure that the project for which you enabled Cloud Functions is selected.
Click Create Function.
Under Runtime, select Python 3.7.
The execution environment includes the runtime, the operating system, packages, and a library that invokes your function.
For the Python runtime, Cloud Functions uses an execution environment based on Ubuntu 18.04. Updates to the language runtime are done automatically (unless otherwise notified), and include changes in the definition of the base image.
The Python runtime uses Flask to handle incoming requests. This helper invokes your function in response to an incoming request and takes care of other details, such as handling HTTP.
Updates to the execution environment
This runtime receives automatic updates to the version of Python. For example, Cloud Functions currently uses Python version 3.7.0. When a new version of Python is released to the language community, the runtime version might be updated.
Similarly, Cloud Functions might apply updates to other aspects of the execution environment, such as the operating system, packages, and other elements of the environment. These updates help keep your function secure.
Cloud Functions file naming
Your function's entrypoint must be contained in a Python source file
A function is allowed to use other third-party libraries as well as other local
data. Dependencies in Python are managed with
pip and expressed in a metadata
shipped alongside your function. This file must be in the same directory as the
main.py file that contains your function code.
When you deploy your function, Cloud Functions downloads and installs
dependencies declared in the
requirements.txt file using
pip. You can also
pre-package fully materialized dependencies alongside your function.
requirements.txt file contains one line per library. Each line contains
the package name, and optionally, the requested version. For more details, see
The following is an example