Installing from versioned archives

The gcloud CLI provides downloadable, versioned archives for each release. Each versioned archive contains a self-contained installation of the gcloud CLI in a directory named google-cloud-sdk that can be copied to any location on your file system.

Best uses for installing from versioned archives

Versioned archives are designed for non-interactive installation of specific versions of the gcloud CLI and are useful when:

  • You require a specific version of the gcloud CLI. For example:

    • You're scripting with the gcloud CLI or another gcloud CLI component and want to make sure that your scripts don't break as the result of a gcloud CLI update.
    • You're using the gcloud CLI as part of a CI (continuous integration) process or production system where you want to control your dependencies in order to ensure compatibility between parts of the system.
    • You're performing automated deployments of the gcloud CLI to many machines that must be in sync.
    • You're behind a proxy or firewall that requires additional configuration to be able to access the internet.
  • You don't want to perform an interactive installation.

Installation instructions

To install the latest release of the gcloud CLI from a versioned archive:

  1. Check which version (64-bit or 32-bit) your OS is running on.

    • Linux / macOS: Run getconf LONG_BIT from your command line
    • Windows: Control Panel > System > System Type

    Additionally, for macOS, to check your machine hardware name (x86_64, arm64, or x86), run uname -m.

  2. Download the appropriate archive compatible with your version:

    Platform Package Size SHA256 Checksum
    Linux 64-bit


    google-cloud-cli-396.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz 106.2 MB adf5bd0672cfa81999945fbd602fa4d93822caaa7588a295ecf5899ff46fd401
    Linux 32-bit


    google-cloud-cli-396.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz 104.2 MB 8ac49d5b5ad0a49a50cbdfdef443f8fa2c7ae71794a1f52837d248c26f9e3735
    macOS 64-bit


    google-cloud-cli-396.0.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 106.6 MB 286809ea4914aefd985c25a2bec859a86d4436518c9a557596250e4570a2b099
    macOS 64-bit


    google-cloud-cli-396.0.0-darwin-arm.tar.gz 105.1 MB 637c2cdde73d296cc455e8721cd9c59c00f7aaf2c446d704fa3bfdd27562ed0e
    macOS 32-bit


    google-cloud-cli-396.0.0-darwin-x86.tar.gz 108.6 MB 954d1773aa775ae99bdd1da9e40753b9a5d4e27a62c553813a4dae5ef65550a6
    Windows 64-bit

    (x86_64) 124.1 MB 929c8933009ca2ac59f13d3ffb3f6f6ac2d62c4ff4cb6a5af946d1986ba36a2b
    Windows 64-bit

    (x86_64) with Python bundled 162.4 MB 09716dcbe77387f25919a8e655a1b36049cde4bbec8f4b3ec5735dfbe91b69e3
    Windows 32-bit

    (x86) 123.0 MB edb5fdcc3abb32040caaf8e3d273040130aff677e80f23289e025ec621c16b78
    Windows 32-bit

    (x86) with Python bundled 158.2 MB 5b1894fa4c41a64a3512082b2c9b1b4b45978493660edd2a09a0795ff67cdd31
  3. Extract the contents of the file to any location on your file system. Preferably, this is your Home folder.

  4. To add the gcloud CLI tools to your path, run the install script from the root of the folder you extracted. Running this script also generates instructions to enable command completion in your bash shell (Linux and macOS only) and enable usage reporting.

    • On Linux or macOS:


      To run the install script with screen reader mode turned on:

      ./google-cloud-sdk/ --screen-reader=true
    • On Windows:


    Run --help or install.bat --help for a list of flags you can pass to this script, including those that can run the installation non-interactively.

  5. To initialize the gcloud CLI, run gcloud init:

    • For Linux or macOS:

      ./google-cloud-sdk/bin/gcloud init
    • For Windows:

      .\google-cloud-sdk\bin\gcloud init

Previous versions

Previous versions of the gcloud CLI are available in the download archive in Cloud Storage. They are directly accessible through<archive_name>.

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