Quickstart: Using Client Libraries

This page shows you how to get started with the Cloud Natural Language API in your favorite programming language using the Google Cloud Client Libraries.

Before you begin

  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 Natural Language API.

    Enable the API

  5. Create a service account:

    1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Create service account page.

      Go to Create service account
    2. Select a project.
    3. In the Service account name field, enter a name. The Cloud Console fills in the Service account ID field based on this name.

      In the Service account description field, enter a description. For example, Service account for quickstart.

    4. Click Done to finish creating the service account.

      Do not close your browser window. You will use it in the next step.

  6. Create a service account key:

    1. In the Cloud Console, click the email address for the service account that you created.
    2. Click Keys.
    3. Click Add key, then click Create new key.
    4. Click Create. A JSON key file is downloaded to your computer.
    5. Click Close.
  7. Set the environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS to the path of the JSON file that contains your service account key. This variable only applies to your current shell session, so if you open a new session, set the variable again.

Install the client library

Go

go get -u cloud.google.com/go/language/apiv1

Java

If you are using Maven, add the following to your pom.xml file. For more information about BOMs, see The Google Cloud Platform Libraries BOM.

<dependencyManagement>
  <dependencies>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>com.google.cloud</groupId>
      <artifactId>libraries-bom</artifactId>
      <version>20.2.0</version>
      <type>pom</type>
      <scope>import</scope>
    </dependency>
  </dependencies>
</dependencyManagement>

<dependencies>
  <dependency>
    <groupId>com.google.cloud</groupId>
    <artifactId>google-cloud-language</artifactId>
  </dependency>

If you are using Gradle, add the following to your dependencies:

implementation platform('com.google.cloud:libraries-bom:20.2.0')

compile 'com.google.cloud:google-cloud-language'

If you are using sbt, add the following to your dependencies:

libraryDependencies += "com.google.cloud" % "google-cloud-language" % "1.102.2"

If you're using IntelliJ or Eclipse, you can add client libraries to your project using the following IDE plugins:

The plugins provide additional functionality, such as key management for service accounts. Refer to each plugin's documentation for details.

Node.js

Before installing the library, make sure you've prepared your environment for Node.js development.

npm install --save @google-cloud/language

Python

Before installing the library, make sure you've prepared your environment for Python development.

pip install --upgrade google-cloud-language

Analyze some text

Now you can use the Natural Language API to analyze some text. Run the following code to perform your first text sentiment analysis:

Go


// Sample language-quickstart uses the Google Cloud Natural API to analyze the
// sentiment of "Hello, world!".
package main

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"log"

	language "cloud.google.com/go/language/apiv1"
	languagepb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/cloud/language/v1"
)

func main() {
	ctx := context.Background()

	// Creates a client.
	client, err := language.NewClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("Failed to create client: %v", err)
	}

	// Sets the text to analyze.
	text := "Hello, world!"

	// Detects the sentiment of the text.
	sentiment, err := client.AnalyzeSentiment(ctx, &languagepb.AnalyzeSentimentRequest{
		Document: &languagepb.Document{
			Source: &languagepb.Document_Content{
				Content: text,
			},
			Type: languagepb.Document_PLAIN_TEXT,
		},
		EncodingType: languagepb.EncodingType_UTF8,
	})
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("Failed to analyze text: %v", err)
	}

	fmt.Printf("Text: %v\n", text)
	if sentiment.DocumentSentiment.Score >= 0 {
		fmt.Println("Sentiment: positive")
	} else {
		fmt.Println("Sentiment: negative")
	}
}

Java

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
import com.google.cloud.language.v1.Document;
import com.google.cloud.language.v1.Document.Type;
import com.google.cloud.language.v1.LanguageServiceClient;
import com.google.cloud.language.v1.Sentiment;

public class QuickstartSample {
  public static void main(String... args) throws Exception {
    // Instantiates a client
    try (LanguageServiceClient language = LanguageServiceClient.create()) {

      // The text to analyze
      String text = "Hello, world!";
      Document doc = Document.newBuilder().setContent(text).setType(Type.PLAIN_TEXT).build();

      // Detects the sentiment of the text
      Sentiment sentiment = language.analyzeSentiment(doc).getDocumentSentiment();

      System.out.printf("Text: %s%n", text);
      System.out.printf("Sentiment: %s, %s%n", sentiment.getScore(), sentiment.getMagnitude());
    }
  }
}

Node.js

Before running the example, make sure you've prepared your environment for Node.js development.

async function quickstart() {
  // Imports the Google Cloud client library
  const language = require('@google-cloud/language');

  // Instantiates a client
  const client = new language.LanguageServiceClient();

  // The text to analyze
  const text = 'Hello, world!';

  const document = {
    content: text,
    type: 'PLAIN_TEXT',
  };

  // Detects the sentiment of the text
  const [result] = await client.analyzeSentiment({document: document});
  const sentiment = result.documentSentiment;

  console.log(`Text: ${text}`);
  console.log(`Sentiment score: ${sentiment.score}`);
  console.log(`Sentiment magnitude: ${sentiment.magnitude}`);
}

Python

Before running the example, make sure you've prepared your environment for Python development.

# Imports the Google Cloud client library
from google.cloud import language_v1


# Instantiates a client
client = language_v1.LanguageServiceClient()

# The text to analyze
text = u"Hello, world!"
document = language_v1.Document(content=text, type_=language_v1.Document.Type.PLAIN_TEXT)

# Detects the sentiment of the text
sentiment = client.analyze_sentiment(request={'document': document}).document_sentiment

print("Text: {}".format(text))
print("Sentiment: {}, {}".format(sentiment.score, sentiment.magnitude))

Congratulations! You've sent your first request to the Natural Language API.

How did it go?

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud account for the resources used in this quickstart, follow these steps.

  • Use the Cloud Console to delete your project if you do not need it.

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