Quickstart: Getting started with Cloud SDK

This quickstart guides you through installing and initializing Cloud SDK as well as running a few core gcloud commands to get you started.

Installing the latest Cloud SDK version (329.0.0)

Linux
  1. Cloud SDK requires Python; supported versions are Python 3 (preferred, 3.5 to 3.8) and Python 2 (2.7.9 or higher).

    python --version
    For more information on how to choose and configure your Python interpreter, refer to gcloud topic startup.
  2. Download one of the following:
  3. Platform Package Size SHA256 Checksum
    Linux 64-bit

    (x86_64)

    google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz 112.3 MB bab65ba4997632a85bbf7f5d7c7cfceb851edd0fa00114151dea2492b8045854
    Linux 32-bit

    (x86)

    google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz 86.8 MB 141b394133104d149bf3ede72a35c050d6ef43af4f9ed055e5dbf2f3120941ee
  4. Alternatively, to download the Linux 64-bit archive file from your command-line, run:

    curl -O https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/downloads/google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

    For the 32-bit archive file, run:

    curl -O https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/downloads/google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz
  5. Extract the contents of the file to any location on your file system (preferably your Home directory). If you would like to replace an existing installation, remove the existing google-cloud-sdk directory and extract the archive to the same location.
  6. Optional. Use the install script to add Cloud SDK tools to your PATH. You'll also be able to opt-in to command-completion for your shell and usage statistics collection.

    Run the script (from the root of the folder you extracted in the last step) using this command:

    ./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh
    
    This can also be done non-interactively (for example, using a script) as well by providing preferences as flags. These are described in:
    ./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh --help
    
    Open a new terminal so that the changes take effect.
  7. Run gcloud init to initialize the SDK:
  8. ./google-cloud-sdk/bin/gcloud init
    
  9. Optional. Install additional components using the component manager.
Debian/Ubuntu

Package contents

Cloud SDK is available in package format for installation on Debian and Ubuntu systems. This package contains the gcloud, gcloud alpha, gcloud beta, gsutil, and bq commands only. It does not include kubectl or the App Engine extensions required to deploy an application using gcloud commands. If you want these components, you must install them separately as described later in this section.

Prerequisites

Before you install Cloud SDK, make sure that your operating system is one of the following:

Installation
  1. Add the Cloud SDK distribution URI as a package source:
    echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/cloud.google.gpg] https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt cloud-sdk main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list
    Make sure you have apt-transport-https installed:
    sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates gnupg
  2. Import the Google Cloud public key:
    curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/cloud.google.gpg add -
  3. Update and install the Cloud SDK:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk
    For additional apt-get options, such as disabling prompts or dry runs, refer to the apt-get man pages.

    Docker Tip: If installing the Cloud SDK inside a Docker image, use a single RUN step instead:

    RUN echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/cloud.google.gpg] http://packages.cloud.google.com/apt cloud-sdk main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list && curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/cloud.google.gpg  add - && apt-get update -y && apt-get install google-cloud-sdk -y
          

  4. Optionally, install any of these additional components:
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python-extras
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-go
    • google-cloud-sdk-bigtable-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-cbt
    • google-cloud-sdk-cloud-build-local
    • google-cloud-sdk-datalab
    • google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-firestore-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-pubsub-emulator
    • kubectl

    For example, the google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java component can be installed as follows:

    sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
  5. Run gcloud init to get started:
    gcloud init

Downgrading Cloud SDK versions

If you'd like to revert to a specific version of Cloud SDK, where VERSION is of the form 123.0.0, run: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk=123.0.0-0 The most recent ten releases will always be available in the repo.

Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS

Package contents

Cloud SDK is available in package format for installation on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, Fedora 32, and CentOS 7 systems. This package contains the gcloud, gcloud alpha, gcloud beta, gsutil, and bq commands only. It does not include kubectl or the App Engine extensions required to deploy an application using gcloud commands, which can be installed separately as described later in this section.

Installation
  1. Update DNF with Cloud SDK repo information:
    sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/google-cloud-sdk.repo << EOM
    [google-cloud-sdk]
    name=Google Cloud SDK
    baseurl=https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/repos/cloud-sdk-el7-x86_64
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=1
    repo_gpgcheck=1
    gpgkey=https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/doc/yum-key.gpg
           https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/doc/rpm-package-key.gpg
    EOM
    
  2. Install the Cloud SDK:
    sudo dnf install google-cloud-sdk
  3. Optionally, install any of these additional components:
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python-extras
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
    • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-go
    • google-cloud-sdk-bigtable-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-cbt
    • google-cloud-sdk-cloud-build-local
    • google-cloud-sdk-datalab
    • google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-firestore-emulator
    • google-cloud-sdk-pubsub-emulator
    • kubectl

    For example, the google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java component can be installed as follows:

    sudo dnf install google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
  4. Run gcloud init to get started:
    gcloud init

Downgrading Cloud SDK versions

If you'd like to revert to a specific version of Cloud SDK, where VERSION is of the form 123.0.0, run: sudo dnf downgrade google-cloud-sdk-VERSION The most recent ten releases will always be available in the repo.

macOS
  1. Cloud SDK requires Python; supported versions are Python 3 (preferred, 3.5 to 3.8) and Python 2 (2.7.9 or higher). Modern versions of macOS include the appropriate version of Python required for the Cloud SDK.
      python -V
      
    For more information on how to choose and configure your Python interpreter, refer to gcloud topic startup.
  2. Download one of the following:
  3. Platform Package Size SHA256 Checksum
    macOS 64-bit

    (x86_64)

    google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz 110.4 MB 1edda5cc0168e8c350e56ffbec1b5b78638e2c0a48e5dd88699d89ccfb35d688
    macOS 64-bit

    (arm64)

    google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-darwin-arm.tar.gz 34.4 MB 3c5af633ea8fcccc00885049a81429bb20c2863126f301ee24696f3cfdbe4279
    macOS 32-bit

    (x86)

    google-cloud-sdk-329.0.0-darwin-x86.tar.gz 87.9 MB da72313f5762ddc56ce121e2f32c5af2fdf7c93a3667104ccd2e769d0f44d689

    1. Extract the archive to any location on your file system (preferably your Home directory). On macOS, this can be achieved by opening the downloaded .tar.gz archive file in the preferred location.

      If you would like to replace an existing installation, remove the existing google-cloud-sdk directory and extract the archive to the same location.

    2. Optional. Use the install script to add Cloud SDK tools to your PATH. You'll also be able to opt-in to command-completion for your shell and usage statistics collection.

      Run the script (from the root of the folder you extracted in the last step) using this command:

      ./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh
      
      This can also be done non-interactively (for example, using a script) as well by providing preferences as flags. These are described in:
      ./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh --help
      
      If you'd like to run the install script with screen reader mode on:
      ./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh --screen-reader=true
      
      Open a new terminal so that the changes take effect.
    3. Run gcloud init to initialize the SDK:
    4. ./google-cloud-sdk/bin/gcloud init
      
    5. Optional. Install additional components using the component manager.
Windows
  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'd like to enable screen reader mode, select the Turn on screen reader mode option for a more streamlined screen reader experience. To read more about the Cloud SDK screen reader experience, refer to the Accessibility features guide.

    Google Cloud SDK Setup welcome dialog for Windows with checkbox for enabling screen reader mode

  3. Cloud SDK requires Python; supported versions are Python 3 (preferred, 3.5 to 3.8) and Python 2 (2.7.9 or higher).

    The installer will install all necessary dependencies, including the needed Python version. While Cloud SDK currently uses Python 3 by default, you can use an existing Python installation if necessary by unchecking the option to Install Bundled Python.

  4. After installation has completed, the installer presents several options:

    Windows installer prompts

    Make sure that the following are selected:

    • Start Google Cloud SDK Shell
    • Run gcloud init

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

  5. 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.
Troubleshooting tips:
  • If the Cloud SDK fails to run after installing version 274.0.0, please refer to this tracking bug for the latest workarounds.
  • 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 will need to reboot your system before installing Cloud SDK again.

Optional: Install the latest Google Cloud Client Libraries

You can download Cloud Client Libraries for supported languages.

Initializing the Cloud SDK

Use the gcloud init command to perform several common Cloud SDK setup tasks. These include authorizing the Cloud SDK tools to access Google Cloud using your user account credentials and setting up the default configuration.

To initialize the Cloud SDK:

  1. Run the following at a command prompt:

    gcloud init
    

  2. Accept the option to log in using your Google user account:

    To continue, you must log in. Would you like to log in (Y/n)? Y
    
  3. In your browser, log in to your Google user account when prompted and click Allow to grant permission to access Google Cloud resources.

  4. At the command prompt, select a Google Cloud project from the list of those where you have Owner, Editor or Viewer permissions:

    Pick cloud project to use:
     [1] [my-project-1]
     [2] [my-project-2]
     ...
     Please enter your numeric choice:
    

    If you only have one project, gcloud init selects it for you.

    If you have access to more than 200 projects, you will be prompted to enter a project id, create a new project, or list projects.

    This account has a lot of projects! Listing them all can take a while.
     [1] Enter a project ID
     [2] Create a new project
     [3] List projects
    Please enter your numeric choice:
    
  5. If you have the Google Compute Engine API enabled, gcloud init allows you to choose a default Compute Engine zone:

    Which compute zone would you like to use as project default?
     [1] [asia-east1-a]
     [2] [asia-east1-b]
     ...
     [14] Do not use default zone
     Please enter your numeric choice:
    

    gcloud init confirms that you have complete the setup steps successfully:

    gcloud has now been configured!
    You can use [gcloud config] to change more gcloud settings.
    
    Your active configuration is: [default]
    
  6. (Optional) If you'd like a more streamlined screen reader experience, the gcloud command-line tool comes with an accessibility/screen_reader property.

    To enable this property, run:

    gcloud config set accessibility/screen_reader true
    

    For more details about the accessibility features that come with the gcloud command-line tool, refer to the Enabling accessibility features guide.

Running core commands

Run these gcloud commands to view information about your Cloud SDK installation:

  1. To list accounts whose credentials are stored on the local system:

    gcloud auth list
    

    gcloud displays a list of credentialed accounts:

           Credentialed Accounts
    ACTIVE             ACCOUNT
    *                  example-user-1@gmail.com
                       example-user-2@gmail.com
    
  2. To list the properties in your active Cloud SDK configuration:

    gcloud config list
    

    gcloud displays the list of properties:

    [core]
    account = example-user-1@gmail.com
    disable_usage_reporting = False
    project = example-project
    
  3. To view information about your Cloud SDK installation and the active configuration:

    gcloud info
    

    gcloud displays a summary of information about your Cloud SDK installation. This includes information about your system, the installed components, the active user account and current project, and the properties in the active configuration.

  4. To view information about gcloud commands and other topics from the command line:

    gcloud help
    

    For example, to view the help for gcloud compute instances create:

    gcloud help compute instances create
    

    gcloud displays a help topic that contains a description of the command, a list of command flags and arguments, and examples of how to use it.

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