Using the Cloud SDK installer

Cloud SDK provides an installer for each supported platform and can be deployed 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.

Linux and macOS
  1. Enter the following at a command prompt:
    curl https://sdk.cloud.google.com | bash
  2. When prompted, choose a location on your file system (usually your Home directory) to create the google-cloud-sdk subdirectory under.
  3. If you'd like to add Cloud SDK command-line tools to your PATH and enable command completion, answer y when prompted.
  4. Restart your shell:
    exec -l $SHELL
  5. 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("https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/GoogleCloudSDKInstaller.exe", "$env:Temp\GoogleCloudSDKInstaller.exe")
    
    & $env:Temp\GoogleCloudSDKInstaller.exe
        
  2. Launch the installer and follow the prompts. The installer is signed by Google LLC.

    If you're using a screen reader, check the Turn on screen reader mode checkbox. This option configures gcloud to use status trackers instead of unicode spinners, display progress as a percentage, and flatten tables. For more information, see the Accessibility features guide.

  3. Cloud SDK requires Python; supported versions are Python 3 (preferred, 3.5 to 3.8) and Python 2 (2.7.9 or higher). Cloud SDK comes bundled with Python 3 by default. To use Cloud SDK, your operating system must be able to run a supported version of Python.

    The installer installs all necessary dependencies, including the needed Python version. While Cloud SDK installs and manages Python 3 by default, you can use an existing Python installation if necessary by unchecking the option to Install Bundled Python. See gcloud topic startup to learn how to use an existing Python installation.

  4. After installation is complete, the installer gives you the option to create Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts, start Cloud SDK shell, and configure the Cloud SDK. Make sure that you leave the options to start the shell and configure your installation selected. The installer starts a terminal window and runs the gcloud init command.

  5. The default installation doesn't include the App Engine extensions required to deploy an application using gcloud commands. These components can be installed using the Cloud SDK component manager.
Troubleshooting tips:
  • If your installation is unsuccessful due to the find command not being recognized, ensure your PATH environment variable is set to include the folder containing find. Usually, this is C:\WINDOWS\system32;.
  • If you have just uninstalled Cloud SDK, you must reboot your system before installing Cloud SDK again.
Windows (Zip)

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

  1. Download google-cloud-sdk.zip 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 https://sdk.cloud.google.com > install.sh
  2. Run the script, passing arguments described below, for example
    bash install.sh --disable-prompts
  • --disable-prompts - disable prompts.

  • --install-dir=DIRECTORY - set the installation root directory to DIRECTORY. The Cloud SDK is 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)
  • /screenreader - turn on screen reader mode (default is to turn it off)
  • /reporting - enable usage reporting (default is to turn off usage reporting)
  • /noreporting - disable usage reporting (default is to turn off 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)

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