Pub/Sub pricing is based on:

  • Message ingestion and delivery
  • Seek-related message storage: snapshots and retained acknowledged messages

Message ingestion and delivery

Message delivery pricing

Message ingestion and delivery are priced per volume of data transmitted in a calendar month. The first 10 gigabytes of usage are free. After that, the price for ingestion or delivery of messages is $40 per TiB.

The data volume of a message is the sum of the following:

  • The number of bytes in the encoded message body string
  • For each attribute, the size of the key and its value
  • 20 bytes for the timestamp
  • The size of the message_id string
  • Additional optional fields, such as those associated with early access and other restricted access APIs.

A minimum of 1000 bytes per publish, push or pull request is assessed regardless of message size. This means that for messages smaller than 1000 bytes, it is cheaper to batch multiple messages per request.

Ingestion and delivery charges apply only to publish requests and data delivered using pull, streamingPull or push operations. Other operations are free.

If you pay in a currency other than USD, the prices listed in your currency on Google Cloud SKUS apply. The rate listed is per TiB (240 bytes, or approximately 1.01 trillion bytes).

Data region egress fees

The fees for internet egress and message delivery between GCP regions are consistent with the Compute Engine network rates, with the following exceptions:

  • There are no zone egress fees for Pub/Sub usage.
  • Egress to Google products is not exempt from egress fees.

For example, a 1 MiB message published in us-west1 and delivered to a subscriber in europe-west1 results in charges for two distinct SKUs:

  • 2 MiB of Message Delivery Basic (1 MiB of publish and the delivery)
  • 1 MiB of Inter-Region Data Delivery from the Americas to EMEA

To understand your usage, you can export your billing data to BigQuery Once you set this up, you can use a query like this to understand your usage:

SELECT TIMESTAMP_TRUNC(usage_start_time, day) as usage_date,
  sum(usage.amount) as egress_volume
  AND service.description = "Cloud Pub/Sub"
  AND (sku.description like "Internet data%"
      OR sku.description like "Inter-region data%")
GROUP BY usage_date, sku.description, usage.unit;

Example: message ingestion and delivery

To illustrate the overall costs of operation you might expect, consider an application that publishes 1024-KB messages to a topic with two subscriptions, at a rate of 1 MiB/second. Assuming that the subscribers are keeping up, Pub/Sub ingests 1 MiB/second and delivers 2 MiB/second, for a total data transmission rate of 3 MiB/second. Over the course of a 30 day month, this amounts to 3 MiB/second x 3600 seconds/hour x 24 hours/day x 30 days/month x 1 month/(2^20 MiB/TiB) = 7.416 TiB. After subtracting the first 10 GB (which is free), the data volume is 7.406 TiB x $40 per TiB and the charge is $296.24.

Cross-project billing

If you use Pub/Sub across projects, Pub/Sub fees are billed to the project that contains the requested resource (such as a subscription). For example, a service account in project A might be given subscriber access to a subscription in Project B (that is under billing account B). Billing account B is billed for the data that is pulled from the subscription by service account A.

Alternatively, if the subscription resides in project A (even if it is attached to a topic in project B), account A is billed for data that is pulled from the subscription.


Message storage fees, at a rate of $0.27 per GiB-month, are charged in these cases:

  • A subscription is configured to retain acknowledged messages to make it possible to re-process them using seek. In this case, storage fees are charged for retained acknowledged messages.
  • A snapshot of a subscription is created. In this case, message storage fees are charged for storing the snapshot's unacknowledged messages. In addition, if the subscription has a backlog of unacknowledged messages when the snapshot is created, a one-time fee equivalent to storing that backlog for seven days is charged.

Snapshots can be a more economical way to retain messages for replay than retaining all acknowledged messages because a single snapshot can be used across multiple subscriptions. Snapshots generally have a small billable data volume that increases gradually through the age of the snapshots. Subscriptions configured to retain acknowledged messages maintain a fixed time window of message data (at steady state), but may be more convenient.

Example: subscription with retained acknowledged messages

Consider a topic with a single subscription and the following: - The topic has a steady 1MiB/second rate of incoming data. - The subscriber is keeping up with the data on the subscription, consuming it at 1 MiB/second and has negligible new message backlog. - The subscription is configured to retain acknowledged messages for 7 days.

In this setup, the acknowledged message volume grows by 1 MiB/second x 3600 seconds/hour x 24 hours/day = 86.4 GiB/day.

After 7 days, retained acknowledged messages start expiring and the total volume of stored acknowledged messages settles at 7 days x 86.4 GiB/day = 605 GiB. The total monthly fee for storing this volume of messages is approximately 605 GiB-month x $0.27/GiB-month = $163.

Example: snapshot message storage fees

Snapshot message storage fees consist of an incremental charge for new messages published to the snapshot's topic and a one-time fee at the time of creation. Consider a snapshot of the subscription with retained acknowledged messages. The snapshot has a lifetime of seven days unless it is deleted earlier, since the subscription from which it is created has no backlog of unacknowledged messages. The data published in the first minute (60 MiB) is stored for 7 days - 1 minute, the data published in the second minute for 7 days - 2 minutes, and so forth. This scenario results in a backlog size of 605 GiB when the snapshot expires, amounting to 1/2 x 605 GiB x 7 days = 2118 GiB-days of storage used, for which the charge is 2118 GiB-days x (1/30 months/day) x $0.27/GiB-month = $19 in a 30-day month. Thus, snapshots are a potentially cost-effective alternative to acknowledged message retention.

Example: snapshot of a subscription with a backlog

If the subscription has a backlog of unacknowledged messages when the snapshot is created, a one-time fee equivalent to storing that backlog for the full seven days is charged. For example, consider a subscription with a 10 GiB unacknowledged message backlog. The one-time fee at the time of snapshot creation would be 10 GiB x 7 days / 30 days/month x 0.27/GiB-month = $0.63.

Resource location restriction implications

A message storage policy can result in additional region egress (network) fees if the policy forces the data to exit a Google Cloud region. Consider a message that is:

  • Published in region A
  • Routed to region B for storage
  • Delivered to a subscriber client in region C

In this case:

  • The project that contains the topic is billed for network egress from region A to region B.
  • The project that contains the subscription is billed for egress from region B to region C.

The project that contains the topic will be charged an egress fee only if the published message is stored in a region different from the region where the message was published (that is, B is actually a different region from A). The project that contains the subscription will be charged an egress fee only if the published message is stored in a region different from where the subscriber client is (C is not the same as B).