Setting up your environment

For installations on Google Kubernetes Engine, you can follow the installation guides using Cloud Shell, an in-browser command line interface to your Google Cloud resources, or your own computer running Linux or macOS.

Option A: Use Cloud Shell

Cloud Shell provisions a g1-small Compute Engine virtual machine (VM) running a Debian-based Linux operating system. The advantages to using Cloud Shell are:

  • Cloud Shell includes the gcloud, kubectl and helm command-line tools that you need.

  • Your Cloud Shell $HOME directory has 5GB persistent storage space.

  • You have your choice of text editors:

    • Code editor, which you access by clicking at the top of the Cloud Shell window.

    • Emacs, Vim, or Nano, which you access from the command line in Cloud Shell.

To use Cloud Shell:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud console.
  2. Select your Google Cloud project.
  3. Click the Activate Cloud Shell button at the top of the Google Cloud console window.

    Google Cloud Platform console

    A Cloud Shell session opens inside a new frame at the bottom of the Google Cloud console and displays a command-line prompt.

    Cloud Shell session

  4. Update the components:

    gcloud components update

    The command responds with output similar to the following:

    ERROR: (gcloud.components.update)
    You cannot perform this action because the gcloud CLI component manager
    is disabled for this installation. You can run the following command
    to achieve the same result for this installation:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install ...
  5. Copy the long command and paste it to update the components.

  6. Install kubectl:

    sudo apt-get install kubectl
  7. Install kpt:

    sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk-kpt

Option B: Use command-line tools locally

On your local machine, install and initialize the gcloud CLI.

  1. Authenticate with the Google Cloud CLI:

    gcloud auth login
  2. Update the components:

    gcloud components update
  3. Install kubectl:

    gcloud components install kubectl
  4. Install kpt:

    gcloud components install kpt