Installing from versioned archives

Cloud SDK provides downloadable, versioned archives for each release. Each versioned archive contains a self-contained installation of Cloud SDK 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 Cloud SDK and are useful when:

  • You require a specific version of Cloud SDK. For example:

    • You are scripting with the gcloud CLI or one of the other Cloud SDK components and want to make sure that your scripts don't break as the result of a Cloud SDK update.
    • You are using Cloud SDK 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 are performing automated deployments of Cloud SDK to many machines that must be in sync with each other.
    • You are 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 Cloud SDK 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
  2. Download the appropriate archive compatible with your version:

    Platform Package Size SHA256 Checksum
    Linux 64-bit


    google-cloud-sdk-281.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz 56.5 MB 065ec26529a6d87c8dcf9cb472eae0110eecaf84c3b3c44c388a060c4cc6f103
    Linux 32-bit


    google-cloud-sdk-281.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz 54.7 MB b4b7a90d38f472e37fbcc648c576136036d8b37362191f3b8c629baafa77ec01
    macOS 64-bit


    google-cloud-sdk-281.0.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 49.2 MB d9c4a987e64ab4f1ac2ce641be6ab2bd3113352f20b7043154c959da8640e441
    macOS 32-bit


    google-cloud-sdk-281.0.0-darwin-x86.tar.gz 48.2 MB 1ee756ffeedabc4f6caa8959f2f38a53650fc2cfb03f09f8aa872e157f2b4cfc
    Windows 64-bit

    (x86_64) 236.9 MB a82ede58d053b5e678edba8986c163fbd9186096ea57af8170f39e8fbcf850af
    Windows 64-bit

    (x86_64) with Python bundled 275.3 MB 52fe45120d66a19622b2539e082b133d188f298a1872d96191f76737cdd894bd
    Windows 32-bit

    (x86) 229.0 MB 13c52d1bc5306db6f23bf12c3d8488bec254b5f4eefe6ace9b8880154c099056
    Windows 32-bit

    (x86) with Python bundled 263.3 MB d3cc7ec23ee3b86a438c5ca6376dda3bbe3b46f965c54d49b5df2a2ad376a069
  3. Extract the contents of the file to any location on your file system. Preferably, this is your Home folder.

  4. Optional. If you'd like to add Cloud SDK tools to your path, run the install script. This should be run from the root of the folder you extracted above. Running this script will also generate instructions to enable command completion in your bash shell (Linux and macOS only) and enable usage reporting.

    • On Linux or macOS:

    • On Windows:


    Run --help or install.bat --help for a list of flags you can pass to this script.

  5. Run gcloud init to initialize the SDK:

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

Previous versions

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