Creating symmetric keys

This page shows how to create a symmetric key for encryption.

You can also create an asymmetric key, a Cloud HSM key, or a Cloud External Key Manager key.

Overview

When you create a key, you add it to a key ring in a given Google Cloud location. You can create a new key ring or use an existing one. In this topic, you create a new key ring and add a new key to it.

Create a key ring

Follow these steps to create a key ring for your new key. If you want to use an existing key ring instead, you can create a key.

Web UI

  1. Go to the Cryptographic Keys page in the Cloud Console.

    Go to the Cryptographic Keys page

  2. Click Create key ring.

  3. In the Key ring name field, enter the desired name for your key ring.

  4. From the Key ring location dropdown, select a location like "us-east1".

  5. Click Create.

Command-line

To use Cloud KMS on the command line, first Install or upgrade to the latest version of Cloud SDK.

gcloud kms keyrings create key-ring \
    --location location

Replace key-ring with a name for the key ring. Replace location with the Cloud KMS location for the key ring and its keys.

For information on all flags and possible values, run the command with the --help flag.

C#

To run this code, first set up a C# development environment and install the Cloud KMS C# SDK.


using Google.Api.Gax.ResourceNames;
using Google.Cloud.Kms.V1;

public class CreateKeyRingSample
{
    public KeyRing CreateKeyRing(
      string projectId = "my-project", string locationId = "us-east1",
      string id = "my-key-ring")
    {
        // Create the client.
        KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.Create();

        // Build the parent location name.
        LocationName locationName = new LocationName(projectId, locationId);

        // Build the key ring.
        KeyRing keyRing = new KeyRing { };

        // Call the API.
        KeyRing result = client.CreateKeyRing(locationName, id, keyRing);

        // Return the result.
        return result;
    }
}

Go

To run this code, first set up a Go development environment and install the Cloud KMS Go SDK.

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	kms "cloud.google.com/go/kms/apiv1"
	kmspb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/cloud/kms/v1"
)

// createKeyRing creates a new ring to store keys on KMS.
func createKeyRing(w io.Writer, parent, id string) error {
	// parent := "projects/PROJECT_ID/locations/global"
	// id := "my-key-ring"

	// Create the client.
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := kms.NewKeyManagementClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create kms client: %v", err)
	}

	// Build the request.
	req := &kmspb.CreateKeyRingRequest{
		Parent:    parent,
		KeyRingId: id,
	}

	// Call the API.
	result, err := client.CreateKeyRing(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create key ring: %v", err)
	}
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Created key ring: %s\n", result.Name)
	return nil
}

Java

To run this code, first set up a Java development environment and install the Cloud KMS Java SDK.

import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyManagementServiceClient;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyRing;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.LocationName;
import java.io.IOException;

public class CreateKeyRing {

  public void createKeyRing() throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "your-project-id";
    String locationId = "us-east1";
    String id = "my-asymmetric-signing-key";
    createKeyRing(projectId, locationId, id);
  }

  // Create a new key ring.
  public void createKeyRing(String projectId, String locationId, String id) throws IOException {
    // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only
    // needs to be created once, and can be reused for multiple requests. After
    // completing all of your requests, call the "close" method on the client to
    // safely clean up any remaining background resources.
    try (KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.create()) {
      // Build the parent name from the project and location.
      LocationName locationName = LocationName.of(projectId, locationId);

      // Build the key ring to create.
      KeyRing keyRing = KeyRing.newBuilder().build();

      // Create the key ring.
      KeyRing createdKeyRing = client.createKeyRing(locationName, id, keyRing);
      System.out.printf("Created key ring %s%n", createdKeyRing.getName());
    }
  }
}

Node.js

To run this code, first set up a Node.js development environment and install the Cloud KMS Node.js SDK.

//
// TODO(developer): Uncomment these variables before running the sample.
//
// const projectId = 'my-project';
// const locationId = 'us-east1';
// const id = 'my-key-ring';

// Imports the Cloud KMS library
const {KeyManagementServiceClient} = require('@google-cloud/kms');

// Instantiates a client
const client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

// Build the parent location name
const locationName = client.locationPath(projectId, locationId);

async function createKeyRing() {
  const [keyRing] = await client.createKeyRing({
    parent: locationName,
    keyRingId: id,
  });

  console.log(`Created key ring: ${keyRing.name}`);
  return keyRing;
}

return createKeyRing();

PHP

To run this code, first learn about using PHP on Google Cloud and install the Cloud KMS PHP SDK.

use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\KeyManagementServiceClient;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\KeyRing;

function create_key_ring_sample(
    string $projectId = 'my-project',
    string $locationId = 'us-east1',
    string $id = 'my-key-ring'
) {
    // Create the Cloud KMS client.
    $client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

    // Build the parent location name.
    $locationName = $client->locationName($projectId, $locationId);

    // Build the key ring.
    $keyRing = new KeyRing();

    // Call the API.
    $createdKeyRing = $client->createKeyRing($locationName, $id, $keyRing);
    printf('Created key ring: %s' . PHP_EOL, $createdKeyRing->getName());
    return $createdKeyRing;
}

Python

To run this code, first set up a Python development environment and install the Cloud KMS Python SDK.

def create_key_ring(project_id, location_id, id):
    """
    Creates a new key ring in Cloud KMS

    Args:
        project_id (string): Google Cloud project ID (e.g. 'my-project').
        location_id (string): Cloud KMS location (e.g. 'us-east1').
        id (string): ID of the key ring to create (e.g. 'my-key-ring').

    Returns:
        KeyRing: Cloud KMS key ring.

    """

    # Import the client library.
    from google.cloud import kms

    # Create the client.
    client = kms.KeyManagementServiceClient()

    # Build the parent location name.
    location_name = f'projects/{project_id}/locations/{location_id}'

    # Build the key ring.
    key_ring = {}

    # Call the API.
    created_key_ring = client.create_key_ring(request={'parent': location_name, 'key_ring_id': id, 'key_ring': key_ring})
    print('Created key ring: {}'.format(created_key_ring.name))
    return created_key_ring

Ruby

To run this code, first set up a Ruby development environment and install the Cloud KMS Ruby SDK.

# TODO(developer): uncomment these values before running the sample.
# project_id  = "my-project"
# location_id = "us-east1"
# id = "my-key-ring"

# Require the library.
require "google/cloud/kms"

# Create the client.
client = Google::Cloud::Kms.key_management_service

# Build the parent location name.
location_name = client.location_path project: project_id, location: location_id

# Build the key ring.
key_ring = {}

# Call the API.
created_key_ring = client.create_key_ring parent: location_name, key_ring_id: id, key_ring: key_ring
puts "Created key ring: #{created_key_ring.name}"

API

These examples use curl as an HTTP client to demonstrate using the API. For more information about access control, see Accessing the Cloud KMS API.

curl "https://cloudkms.googleapis.com/v1/projects/project-id/locations/location-id/keyRings" \
    --request "POST" \
    --header "authorization: Bearer token" \
    --header "content-type: application/json" \
    --header "x-goog-user-project: project-id" \
    --data "{\"name\": {\"key-ring-name\": {}}}"

See the KeyRing.create API documentation for more information.

Create a key

Follow these steps to create a symmetric key on the specified key ring and location.

Web UI

  1. Go to the Cryptographic Keys page in the Cloud Console.

    Go to the Cryptographic Keys page

  2. Click the name of the key ring for which you will create a key.

  3. Click Create key.

  4. In the What type of key do you want to create?, choose Generated key.

  5. In the Key name field, enter the name for your key.

  6. Click the Protection level dropdown and select Software.

  7. Click the Purpose dropdown and select Symmetric encrypt/decrypt.

  8. Accept the default values for Rotation period and Starting on.

  9. Click Create.

Command-line

To use Cloud KMS on the command line, first Install or upgrade to the latest version of Cloud SDK.

gcloud kms keys create key \
    --keyring key-ring \
    --location location \
    --purpose "encryption"

Replace key with the name for the key. Replace key-ring with the name of the key ring where the key will be located. Replace location with the Cloud KMS location of the key ring.

For information on all flags and possible values, run the command with the --help flag.

C#

To run this code, first set up a C# development environment and install the Cloud KMS C# SDK.


using Google.Cloud.Kms.V1;

public class CreateKeySymmetricEncryptDecryptSample
{
    public CryptoKey CreateKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt(
      string projectId = "my-project", string locationId = "us-east1", string keyRingId = "my-key-ring",
      string id = "my-symmetric-encryption-key")
    {
        // Create the client.
        KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.Create();

        // Build the parent key ring name.
        KeyRingName keyRingName = new KeyRingName(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

        // Build the key.
        CryptoKey key = new CryptoKey
        {
            Purpose = CryptoKey.Types.CryptoKeyPurpose.EncryptDecrypt,
            VersionTemplate = new CryptoKeyVersionTemplate
            {
                Algorithm = CryptoKeyVersion.Types.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GoogleSymmetricEncryption,
            }
        };

        // Call the API.
        CryptoKey result = client.CreateCryptoKey(keyRingName, id, key);

        // Return the result.
        return result;
    }
}

Go

To run this code, first set up a Go development environment and install the Cloud KMS Go SDK.

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	kms "cloud.google.com/go/kms/apiv1"
	kmspb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/cloud/kms/v1"
)

// createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt creates a new symmetric encrypt/decrypt key
// on Cloud KMS.
func createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt(w io.Writer, parent, id string) error {
	// parent := "projects/my-project/locations/us-east1/keyRings/my-key-ring"
	// id := "my-symmetric-encryption-key"

	// Create the client.
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := kms.NewKeyManagementClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create kms client: %v", err)
	}

	// Build the request.
	req := &kmspb.CreateCryptoKeyRequest{
		Parent:      parent,
		CryptoKeyId: id,
		CryptoKey: &kmspb.CryptoKey{
			Purpose: kmspb.CryptoKey_ENCRYPT_DECRYPT,
			VersionTemplate: &kmspb.CryptoKeyVersionTemplate{
				Algorithm: kmspb.CryptoKeyVersion_GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION,
			},
		},
	}

	// Call the API.
	result, err := client.CreateCryptoKey(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create key: %v", err)
	}
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Created key: %s\n", result.Name)
	return nil
}

Java

To run this code, first set up a Java development environment and install the Cloud KMS Java SDK.

import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKey;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKey.CryptoKeyPurpose;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKeyVersion.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKeyVersionTemplate;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyManagementServiceClient;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyRingName;
import java.io.IOException;

public class CreateKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt {

  public void createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt() throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "your-project-id";
    String locationId = "us-east1";
    String keyRingId = "my-key-ring";
    String id = "my-key";
    createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt(projectId, locationId, keyRingId, id);
  }

  // Create a new key that is used for symmetric encryption and decryption.
  public void createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt(
      String projectId, String locationId, String keyRingId, String id) throws IOException {
    // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only
    // needs to be created once, and can be reused for multiple requests. After
    // completing all of your requests, call the "close" method on the client to
    // safely clean up any remaining background resources.
    try (KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.create()) {
      // Build the parent name from the project, location, and key ring.
      KeyRingName keyRingName = KeyRingName.of(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

      // Build the symmetric key to create.
      CryptoKey key =
          CryptoKey.newBuilder()
              .setPurpose(CryptoKeyPurpose.ENCRYPT_DECRYPT)
              .setVersionTemplate(
                  CryptoKeyVersionTemplate.newBuilder()
                      .setAlgorithm(CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION))
              .build();

      // Create the key.
      CryptoKey createdKey = client.createCryptoKey(keyRingName, id, key);
      System.out.printf("Created symmetric key %s%n", createdKey.getName());
    }
  }
}

Node.js

To run this code, first set up a Node.js development environment and install the Cloud KMS Node.js SDK.

//
// TODO(developer): Uncomment these variables before running the sample.
//
// const projectId = 'my-project';
// const locationId = 'us-east1';
// const keyRingId = 'my-key-ring';
// const id = 'my-symmetric-encryption-key';

// Imports the Cloud KMS library
const {KeyManagementServiceClient} = require('@google-cloud/kms');

// Instantiates a client
const client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

// Build the parent key ring name
const keyRingName = client.keyRingPath(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

async function createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt() {
  const [key] = await client.createCryptoKey({
    parent: keyRingName,
    cryptoKeyId: id,
    cryptoKey: {
      purpose: 'ENCRYPT_DECRYPT',
      versionTemplate: {
        algorithm: 'GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION',
      },
    },
  });

  console.log(`Created symmetric key: ${key.name}`);
  return key;
}

return createKeySymmetricEncryptDecrypt();

PHP

To run this code, first learn about using PHP on Google Cloud and install the Cloud KMS PHP SDK.

use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKey;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKey\CryptoKeyPurpose;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKeyVersion\CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKeyVersionTemplate;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\KeyManagementServiceClient;

function create_key_symmetric_encrypt_decrypt_sample(
    string $projectId = 'my-project',
    string $locationId = 'us-east1',
    string $keyRingId = 'my-key-ring',
    string $id = 'my-symmetric-key'
) {
    // Create the Cloud KMS client.
    $client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

    // Build the parent key ring name.
    $keyRingName = $client->keyRingName($projectId, $locationId, $keyRingId);

    // Build the key.
    $key = (new CryptoKey())
        ->setPurpose(CryptoKeyPurpose::ENCRYPT_DECRYPT)
        ->setVersionTemplate((new CryptoKeyVersionTemplate())
            ->setAlgorithm(CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm::GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION)
        );

    // Call the API.
    $createdKey = $client->createCryptoKey($keyRingName, $id, $key);
    printf('Created symmetric key: %s' . PHP_EOL, $createdKey->getName());
    return $createdKey;
}

Python

To run this code, first set up a Python development environment and install the Cloud KMS Python SDK.

def create_key_symmetric_encrypt_decrypt(project_id, location_id, key_ring_id, id):
    """
    Creates a new symmetric encryption/decryption key in Cloud KMS.

    Args:
        project_id (string): Google Cloud project ID (e.g. 'my-project').
        location_id (string): Cloud KMS location (e.g. 'us-east1').
        key_ring_id (string): ID of the Cloud KMS key ring (e.g. 'my-key-ring').
        id (string): ID of the key to create (e.g. 'my-symmetric-key').

    Returns:
        CryptoKey: Cloud KMS key.

    """

    # Import the client library.
    from google.cloud import kms

    # Create the client.
    client = kms.KeyManagementServiceClient()

    # Build the parent key ring name.
    key_ring_name = client.key_ring_path(project_id, location_id, key_ring_id)

    # Build the key.
    purpose = kms.CryptoKey.CryptoKeyPurpose.ENCRYPT_DECRYPT
    algorithm = kms.CryptoKeyVersion.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION
    key = {
        'purpose': purpose,
        'version_template': {
          'algorithm': algorithm,
        }
    }

    # Call the API.
    created_key = client.create_crypto_key(request={'parent': key_ring_name, 'crypto_key_id': id, 'crypto_key': key})
    print('Created symmetric key: {}'.format(created_key.name))
    return created_key

Ruby

To run this code, first set up a Ruby development environment and install the Cloud KMS Ruby SDK.

# TODO(developer): uncomment these values before running the sample.
# project_id  = "my-project"
# location_id = "us-east1"
# key_ring_id = "my-key-ring"
# id          = "my-symmetric-key"

# Require the library.
require "google/cloud/kms"

# Create the client.
client = Google::Cloud::Kms.key_management_service

# Build the parent key ring name.
key_ring_name = client.key_ring_path project: project_id, location: location_id, key_ring: key_ring_id

# Build the key.
key = {
  purpose:          :ENCRYPT_DECRYPT,
  version_template: {
    algorithm: :GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION
  }
}

# Call the API.
created_key = client.create_crypto_key parent: key_ring_name, crypto_key_id: id, crypto_key: key
puts "Created symmetric key: #{created_key.name}"

Set a key rotation period and starting time

A key can be created with a specified rotation period, which is the time between when new key versions are generated automatically. A key can also be created with a specified next rotation time.

Web UI

When you use the Google Cloud Console to create a key, if you don't specify your own rotation period and next rotation time, Cloud KMS will set the key's rotation period and next rotation time automatically.

To specify a different rotation period and starting time, when you are creating your key, but before you click the Create button:

  1. Click the Rotation period dropdown and then select a value for the rotation period.

  2. Click the date in the Starting on field and then select a date for the next rotation.

Command-line

To use Cloud KMS on the command line, first Install or upgrade to the latest version of Cloud SDK.

gcloud kms keys create key \
    --keyring key-ring \
    --location location \
    --purpose "encryption" \
    --rotation-period rotation-period \
    --next-rotation-time next-rotation-time

Replace key with a name for the key. Replace key-ring with the name of the existing key ring where the key will be located. Replace location with the Cloud KMS location for the key ring. Replace rotation-period with an interval, such as 30d to rotate the key every 30 days. Replace next-rotation-time with a timestamp at which to begin the first rotation, such as "1970-01-01T01:02:03".

For information on all flags and possible values, run the command with the --help flag.

C#

To run this code, first set up a C# development environment and install the Cloud KMS C# SDK.


using Google.Cloud.Kms.V1;
using Google.Protobuf.WellKnownTypes;
using System;

public class CreateKeyRotationScheduleSample
{
    public CryptoKey CreateKeyRotationSchedule(
      string projectId = "my-project", string locationId = "us-east1", string keyRingId = "my-key-ring",
      string id = "my-key-with-rotation-schedule")
    {
        // Create the client.
        KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.Create();

        // Build the parent key ring name.
        KeyRingName keyRingName = new KeyRingName(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

        // Build the key.
        CryptoKey key = new CryptoKey
        {
            Purpose = CryptoKey.Types.CryptoKeyPurpose.EncryptDecrypt,
            VersionTemplate = new CryptoKeyVersionTemplate
            {
                Algorithm = CryptoKeyVersion.Types.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GoogleSymmetricEncryption,
            },

            // Rotate the key every 30 days.
            RotationPeriod = new Duration
            {
                Seconds = 60 * 60 * 24 * 30, // 30 days
            },

            // Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
            NextRotationTime = new Timestamp
            {
                Seconds = new DateTimeOffset(DateTime.UtcNow.AddHours(24)).ToUnixTimeSeconds(),
            }
        };

        // Call the API.
        CryptoKey result = client.CreateCryptoKey(keyRingName, id, key);

        // Return the result.
        return result;
    }
}

Go

To run this code, first set up a Go development environment and install the Cloud KMS Go SDK.

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"
	"time"

	kms "cloud.google.com/go/kms/apiv1"
	"github.com/golang/protobuf/ptypes/duration"
	"github.com/golang/protobuf/ptypes/timestamp"
	kmspb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/cloud/kms/v1"
)

// createKeyRotationSchedule creates a key with a rotation schedule.
func createKeyRotationSchedule(w io.Writer, parent, id string) error {
	// name := "projects/my-project/locations/us-east1/keyRings/my-key-ring"
	// id := "my-key-with-rotation-schedule"

	// Create the client.
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := kms.NewKeyManagementClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create kms client: %v", err)
	}

	// Build the request.
	req := &kmspb.CreateCryptoKeyRequest{
		Parent:      parent,
		CryptoKeyId: id,
		CryptoKey: &kmspb.CryptoKey{
			Purpose: kmspb.CryptoKey_ENCRYPT_DECRYPT,
			VersionTemplate: &kmspb.CryptoKeyVersionTemplate{
				Algorithm: kmspb.CryptoKeyVersion_GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION,
			},

			// Rotate the key every 30 days
			RotationSchedule: &kmspb.CryptoKey_RotationPeriod{
				RotationPeriod: &duration.Duration{
					Seconds: int64(60 * 60 * 24 * 30), // 30 days
				},
			},

			// Start the first rotation in 24 hours
			NextRotationTime: &timestamp.Timestamp{
				Seconds: time.Now().Add(24 * time.Hour).Unix(),
			},
		},
	}

	// Call the API.
	result, err := client.CreateCryptoKey(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("failed to create key: %v", err)
	}
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Created key: %s\n", result.Name)
	return nil
}

Java

To run this code, first set up a Java development environment and install the Cloud KMS Java SDK.

import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKey;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKey.CryptoKeyPurpose;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKeyVersion.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.CryptoKeyVersionTemplate;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyManagementServiceClient;
import com.google.cloud.kms.v1.KeyRingName;
import com.google.protobuf.Duration;
import com.google.protobuf.Timestamp;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoUnit;

public class CreateKeyRotationSchedule {

  public void createKeyRotationSchedule() throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "your-project-id";
    String locationId = "us-east1";
    String keyRingId = "my-key-ring";
    String id = "my-key";
    createKeyRotationSchedule(projectId, locationId, keyRingId, id);
  }

  // Create a new key that automatically rotates on a schedule.
  public void createKeyRotationSchedule(
      String projectId, String locationId, String keyRingId, String id) throws IOException {
    // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only
    // needs to be created once, and can be reused for multiple requests. After
    // completing all of your requests, call the "close" method on the client to
    // safely clean up any remaining background resources.
    try (KeyManagementServiceClient client = KeyManagementServiceClient.create()) {
      // Build the parent name from the project, location, and key ring.
      KeyRingName keyRingName = KeyRingName.of(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

      // Calculate the date 24 hours from now (this is used below).
      long tomorrow = java.time.Instant.now().plus(24, ChronoUnit.HOURS).getEpochSecond();

      // Build the key to create with a rotation schedule.
      CryptoKey key =
          CryptoKey.newBuilder()
              .setPurpose(CryptoKeyPurpose.ENCRYPT_DECRYPT)
              .setVersionTemplate(
                  CryptoKeyVersionTemplate.newBuilder()
                      .setAlgorithm(CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION))

              // Rotate every 30 days.
              .setRotationPeriod(
                  Duration.newBuilder().setSeconds(java.time.Duration.ofDays(30).getSeconds()))

              // Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
              .setNextRotationTime(Timestamp.newBuilder().setSeconds(tomorrow))
              .build();

      // Create the key.
      CryptoKey createdKey = client.createCryptoKey(keyRingName, id, key);
      System.out.printf("Created key with rotation schedule %s%n", createdKey.getName());
    }
  }
}

Node.js

To run this code, first set up a Node.js development environment and install the Cloud KMS Node.js SDK.

//
// TODO(developer): Uncomment these variables before running the sample.
//
// const projectId = 'my-project';
// const locationId = 'us-east1';
// const keyRingId = 'my-key-ring';
// const id = 'my-rotating-encryption-key';

// Imports the Cloud KMS library
const {KeyManagementServiceClient} = require('@google-cloud/kms');

// Instantiates a client
const client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

// Build the parent key ring name
const keyRingName = client.keyRingPath(projectId, locationId, keyRingId);

async function createKeyRotationSchedule() {
  const [key] = await client.createCryptoKey({
    parent: keyRingName,
    cryptoKeyId: id,
    cryptoKey: {
      purpose: 'ENCRYPT_DECRYPT',
      versionTemplate: {
        algorithm: 'GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION',
      },

      // Rotate the key every 30 days.
      rotationPeriod: {
        seconds: 60 * 60 * 24 * 30,
      },

      // Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
      nextRotationTime: {
        seconds: new Date().getTime() / 1000 + 60 * 60 * 24,
      },
    },
  });

  console.log(`Created rotating key: ${key.name}`);
  return key;
}

return createKeyRotationSchedule();

PHP

To run this code, first learn about using PHP on Google Cloud and install the Cloud KMS PHP SDK.

use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKey;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKey\CryptoKeyPurpose;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKeyVersion\CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\CryptoKeyVersionTemplate;
use Google\Cloud\Kms\V1\KeyManagementServiceClient;
use Google\Protobuf\Duration;
use Google\Protobuf\Timestamp;

function create_key_rotation_schedule_sample(
    string $projectId = 'my-project',
    string $locationId = 'us-east1',
    string $keyRingId = 'my-key-ring',
    string $id = 'my-key-with-rotation-schedule'
) {
    // Create the Cloud KMS client.
    $client = new KeyManagementServiceClient();

    // Build the parent key ring name.
    $keyRingName = $client->keyRingName($projectId, $locationId, $keyRingId);

    // Build the key.
    $key = (new CryptoKey())
        ->setPurpose(CryptoKeyPurpose::ENCRYPT_DECRYPT)
        ->setVersionTemplate((new CryptoKeyVersionTemplate())
            ->setAlgorithm(CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm::GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION))

        // Rotate the key every 30 days.
        ->setRotationPeriod((new Duration())
            ->setSeconds(60*60*24*30)
        )

        // Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
        ->setNextRotationTime((new Timestamp())
            ->setSeconds(time() + 60*60*24)
        );

    // Call the API.
    $createdKey = $client->createCryptoKey($keyRingName, $id, $key);
    printf('Created key with rotation: %s' . PHP_EOL, $createdKey->getName());
    return $createdKey;
}

Python

To run this code, first set up a Python development environment and install the Cloud KMS Python SDK.

def create_key_rotation_schedule(project_id, location_id, key_ring_id, id):
    """
    Creates a new key in Cloud KMS that automatically rotates.

    Args:
        project_id (string): Google Cloud project ID (e.g. 'my-project').
        location_id (string): Cloud KMS location (e.g. 'us-east1').
        key_ring_id (string): ID of the Cloud KMS key ring (e.g. 'my-key-ring').
        id (string): ID of the key to create (e.g. 'my-rotating-key').

    Returns:
        CryptoKey: Cloud KMS key.

    """

    # Import the client library.
    from google.cloud import kms

    # Import time for getting the current time.
    import time

    # Create the client.
    client = kms.KeyManagementServiceClient()

    # Build the parent key ring name.
    key_ring_name = client.key_ring_path(project_id, location_id, key_ring_id)

    # Build the key.
    purpose = kms.CryptoKey.CryptoKeyPurpose.ENCRYPT_DECRYPT
    algorithm = kms.CryptoKeyVersion.CryptoKeyVersionAlgorithm.GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION
    key = {
        'purpose': purpose,
        'version_template': {
            'algorithm': algorithm,
        },

        # Rotate the key every 30 days.
        'rotation_period': {
            'seconds': 60*60*24*30
        },

        # Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
        'next_rotation_time': {
            'seconds': int(time.time()) + 60*60*24
        }
    }

    # Call the API.
    created_key = client.create_crypto_key(request={'parent': key_ring_name, 'crypto_key_id': id, 'crypto_key': key})
    print('Created labeled key: {}'.format(created_key.name))
    return created_key

Ruby

To run this code, first set up a Ruby development environment and install the Cloud KMS Ruby SDK.

# TODO(developer): uncomment these values before running the sample.
# project_id  = "my-project"
# location_id = "us-east1"
# key_ring_id = "my-key-ring"
# id          = "my-key-with-rotation"

# Require the library.
require "google/cloud/kms"

# Create the client.
client = Google::Cloud::Kms.key_management_service

# Build the parent key ring name.
key_ring_name = client.key_ring_path project: project_id, location: location_id, key_ring: key_ring_id

# Build the key.
key = {
  purpose:            :ENCRYPT_DECRYPT,
  version_template:   {
    algorithm: :GOOGLE_SYMMETRIC_ENCRYPTION
  },

  # Rotate the key every 30 days.
  rotation_period:    {
    seconds: 60 * 60 * 24 * 30
  },

  # Start the first rotation in 24 hours.
  next_rotation_time: {
    seconds: (Time.now + 60 * 60 * 24).to_i
  }
}

# Call the API.
created_key = client.create_crypto_key parent: key_ring_name, crypto_key_id: id, crypto_key: key
puts "Created rotating key: #{created_key.name}"

Manually create new key versions

In addition to automatic rotation, you can manually rotate keys. For more details, see Rotating keys.