Using the Google Cloud SDK installer

Cloud SDK provides an installer for each supported platform. It can be deployed either interactively or non-interactively.

Interactive installation

The installer lets you download, install and set up the latest version of Cloud SDK quickly in an interactive mode. When you run the installer, it downloads Cloud SDK components and installs them on the local system. It also performs additional setup tasks like adding Cloud SDK components to your PATH and enabling command completion in your shell.

  1. Enter the following at a command prompt:
    curl | bash
  2. Restart your shell:
    exec -l $SHELL
  3. Run gcloud init to initialize the gcloud environment:
    gcloud init
  1. Enter the following at a command prompt:
    curl | bash
  2. Restart your shell:
    exec -l $SHELL
  3. Run gcloud init to initialize the gcloud environment:
    gcloud init
Windows (Installer)
  1. Download the Cloud SDK installer.

    Alternatively, open a PowerShell terminal and run the following PowerShell commands.

    (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("", "$env:Temp\GoogleCloudSDKInstaller.exe")
    & $env:Temp\GoogleCloudSDKInstaller.exe

  2. Launch the installer and follow the prompts. The installer is signed by Google LLC.

    Cloud SDK requires Python. Supported versions are 3.5 to 3.7, and 2.7.9 or higher.

    The installer will install all necessary dependencies, including the needed Python version. While Cloud SDK currently uses Python 2 by default, you can use an existing Python installation if necessary by unchecking the option to 'Install Bundled Python'. .

  3. After installation has completed, accept the following options:

    • Start Cloud SDK Shell
    • Run gcloud init

    The installer starts a terminal window and runs the gcloud init command.

  4. The default installation does not include the App Engine extensions required to deploy an application using gcloud commands. These components can be installed using the Cloud SDK component manager.
Windows (Zip)

You can also install the latest version from a downloaded .zip file:

  1. Download and extract its contents. (Right click on the downloaded file and select Extract All.)

  2. Launch the google-cloud-sdk\install.bat script and follow the installation prompts.

  3. When the installation finishes, restart the command prompt (cmd.exe).

  4. Run gcloud init:

    C:\> gcloud init

Non-interactive (silent) deployment

You can automate Cloud SDK installation using the installer non-interactively.

For Linux and MacOS:

Save the install script locally instead of piping it to bash.

  1. Enter the following at a command prompt:
    curl >
  2. Run the script, passing arguments described below, for example
    bash --disable-prompts
  • --disable-prompts - disable prompts.

  • --install-dir=DIRECTORY - set the installation root directory to DIRECTORY. The Cloud SDK will be installed in DIRECTORY/google-cloud-sdk. The default is $HOME.

For Windows:

  • /S - install silently. No installer pages are displayed. Use flags to change install settings.
  • /D - set the default installation directory. It must be the last parameter used in the command line and must not contain any quotes, even if the path contains spaces. Only absolute paths are supported, for example /D=C:\CloudSDK
  • /allusers - install for all users
  • /singleuser - install for current user (default)
  • /noreporting - disable usage reporting (default is to send usage reporting)
  • /nostartmenu - don't create start menu shortcut (default is to create shortcut)
  • /nodesktop - don't create desktop shortcut (default is to create shortcut)