Your First Function: Go

This guide takes you through the process of writing a Cloud Function using the Go runtime. There are two types of Cloud Functions:

  • An HTTP function, which you invoke from standard HTTP requests.
  • An event-driven function, which you use to handle events from your Cloud infrastructure, such as messages on a Cloud Pub/Sub topic, or changes in a Cloud Storage bucket.

The sample shows how to create a simple HTTP function.

Guide structure

  1. Creating a GCP project using Cloud SDK
  2. Creating a function
  3. Specifying dependencies
  4. Deploying your function
  5. Testing your function

Creating a GCP project using Cloud SDK

  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
  2. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  4. Enable the Cloud Functions and Cloud Build APIs.

    Enable the APIs

  5. Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.
  6. Update and install gcloud components:
    gcloud components update
  7. Prepare your development environment.

    Go to the Go setup guide

Creating a function

  1. Create a directory on your local system for the function code:

    Linux or Mac OS X

    mkdir ~/helloworld
    cd ~/helloworld


    mkdir %HOMEPATH%\helloworld
    cd %HOMEPATH%\helloworld
  2. Create a file called hello_http.go in the helloworld directory with the following contents:

    // Package helloworld provides a set of Cloud Functions samples.
    package helloworld
    import (
    // HelloHTTP is an HTTP Cloud Function with a request parameter.
    func HelloHTTP(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    	var d struct {
    		Name string `json:"name"`
    	if err := json.NewDecoder(r.Body).Decode(&d); err != nil {
    		fmt.Fprint(w, "Hello, World!")
    	if d.Name == "" {
    		fmt.Fprint(w, "Hello, World!")
    	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Hello, %s!", html.EscapeString(d.Name))

    This example function takes a name supplied in the HTTP request and returns a greeting, or "Hello, World!" when no name is supplied.

Specifying dependencies

This example function only uses Go standard library packages, so you don't need to declare any dependencies beyond just importing the packages.

For functions that require dependencies outside of the standard library, you must provide the dependencies via either a go.mod file or a vendor directory. For more details, read Specifying dependencies in Go.

Deploying the function

To deploy the function with an HTTP trigger, run the following command in the helloworld directory, specifying either go113 or go111 as the value for the --runtime flag, depending on which version you are using:

gcloud functions deploy HelloHTTP --runtime go113 --trigger-http --allow-unauthenticated

The --allow-unauthenticated flag lets you reach the function without authentication. To require authentication, omit the flag.

Testing the function

  1. When the function finishes deploying, take note of the httpsTrigger.url property or find it using the following command:

    gcloud functions describe HelloHTTP

    It should look like this:
  2. Visit this URL in your browser, or use cURL by running the command:


    You should see a "Hello, World!" message. Try passing a name in the HTTP request by running the following command:

    curl -X POST -H "Content-Type:application/json"  -d '{"name":"NAME"}'

    You should see the message "Hello, NAME!"

Viewing logs

Using the command-line tool

Logs for Cloud Functions are viewable in the Cloud Logging UI, and via the gcloud command-line tool.

To view logs for your function with the gcloud tool, use the logs read command, followed by the name of the function:

gcloud functions logs read HelloHTTP

The output should resemble the following:

LEVEL  NAME        EXECUTION_ID  TIME_UTC                 LOG
D      HelloHTTP  buv9ej2k1a7r  2019-09-20 13:23:18.910  Function execution started
D      HelloHTTP  buv9ej2k1a7r  2019-09-20 13:23:18.913  Function execution took 4 ms, finished with status code: 200

Using the Logging dashboard

You can also view logs for Cloud Functions from the Cloud Console.