Cloud SDK

Command-line interface for Google Cloud Platform products and services.

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Essential tools for Google Cloud Platform

Essential tools for Google Cloud Platform

The Cloud SDK is a set of tools for Google Cloud Platform. It contains gcloud, gsutil, and bq command-line tools, which you can use to access Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and other products and services from the command-line. You can run these tools interactively or in your automated scripts.

Manage virtual machine instances

The gcloud CLI makes it easy to manage your fleet of virtual machines on Compute Engine — everything from creating, starting, and managing VM instances to rolling your own VM images. You can also use the gcloud CLI to make SSH connections to your instances.

Networks, firewalls, disk storage, and more

You can use the gcloud CLI to manage Compute Engine networks, firewalls, disk storage, and more without having to use the Google Cloud Platform console. With the gcloud CLI, managing configurations for your Compute Engine environment is just a few keystrokes away.

Use your favorite languages

Client libraries for Java, Python, NodeJS, Ruby, Go, .NET, and PHP are available for installation from the appropriate package managers.

Run local service emulators

Cloud SDK emulators for Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud Datastore allow you to simulate these services in your environment for local development, testing, and validation. You start and manage service emulators using the gcloud command-line tool.


gcloud command-line tool

The gcloud CLI manages authentication, local configuration, developer workflow, and interactions with the Google Cloud Platform APIs.

gsutil tool

gsutil provides command-line access to manage Cloud Storage buckets and objects.

PowerShell cmdlets (Windows)

Cloud Tools for PowerShell is a collection of Windows PowerShell cmdlets for managing Google Cloud Platform resources within the Windows PowerShell environment.

kubectl tool

kubectl orchestrates the deployment and management of Kubernetes container clusters on the gcloud CLI.

bq tool

bq allows you to run queries and manipulate datasets, tables, and entities in BigQuery through the command line.

Client libraries and optional components

After you’ve installed Cloud SDK, you can also install language specific cloud libraries and optional Cloud SDK components.

Technical resources



Cloud SDK is available at no extra charge for Google Cloud Platform customers.

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