gcloud command-line tool
The gcloud CLI manages authentication, local configuration, developer workflow, interactions with Google Cloud APIs. With the gcloud command-line tool, it’s easy to perform many common cloud tasks, like creating a Compute Engine VM instance, managing a Google Kubernetes Engine cluster, and deploying an App Engine application, either from the command line or in scripts and other automations.
Cloud SDK comes with installable language-specific Cloud Client Libraries and Google API Client Libraries. These libraries use each supported language’s natural conventions and styles, handling authentication, reducing the amount of necessary boilerplate code, and optimizing the developer workflow.
Product-specific command-line tools
A collection of command-line tools comes packaged with Cloud SDK, including gsutil, bq, and kubectl. The gsutil tool allows you to manage Cloud Storage buckets and objects using the command line. Run queries and manipulate datasets, tables, and entities in BigQuery through the command line with bq. With kubectl, you can deploy and manage Kubernetes container clusters using the command line.
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Install Cloud SDK
Download and initialize the latest version of Cloud SDK.
Install additional components
Download additional components like command-line tools (bq, gsutil, kubectl), alpha or beta gcloud commands, or necessary dependencies.
Getting started with Client Libraries
Access Cloud APIs using language-specific Client Libraries.
Overview of the gcloud command-line tool
A comprehensive, high-level look at the gcloud command-line tool, including its release levels, command structure, and important concepts.
Scripting gcloud commands
Run gcloud commands from a script by utilizing features like prompt disabling and output filtering and formatting.
Qwiklab Quest: Using the Cloud SDK command line
Learn how to install and configure Cloud SDK, then use gcloud to perform some basic operations like creating VMs, networks, and using gsutil to perform operations.
Cloud SDK resources
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Explore what you can build on Google Cloud
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When you script with Cloud SDK, you can run gcloud command-line tool commands using scripts or other automations—for example, when using Jenkins to drive automation of Google Cloud tasks. Additionally, the gcloud command-line tool comes with the ability to filter and format command output to easily structure and extract information as well as combine multiple commands to manage your Google Cloud resources non-interactively.
Scripting gcloud CLI commands
Filtering and formatting with the command-line interface
|Client Libraries||Cloud SDK comes with installable language-specific Cloud Client Libraries. These libraries use each supported language's natural conventions and styles, handle authentication, reduce the amount of necessary boilerplate code, and optimize the developer workflow.|
|gsutil||The gsutil tool provides access to Cloud Storage, including a wide range of bucket and object management tasks, directly from the command line.|
|bq||The bq tool enables running queries and manipulating datasets, tables, and entities in BigQuery through the command line.|
|kubectl||The kubectl tool provides commands for greater control over Kubernetes clusters. With kubectl, you can deploy applications, inspect and manage cluster resources, and view logs, among a wide set of operations.|
|Cloud Shell||Cloud Shell provides you with command-line access to your cloud resources directly from your browser. You can easily manage your projects and resources without having to install the Google Cloud SDK or other tools on your system. With Cloud Shell, the Cloud SDK gcloud command-line tool and other utilities you need are always available, up to date, and fully authenticated when you need them.|
|Emulators||Cloud SDK comes with emulators for products like Cloud Bigtable, Datastore, Firestore, Spanner, and Pub/Sub, for local development, testing, and validation.|