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Cloud Shell

Manage your infrastructure and develop your applications from any browser.

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Your online development and operations environment

Cloud Shell is an online development and operations environment accessible anywhere with your browser. You can manage your resources with its online terminal preloaded with utilities such as the gcloud command-line tool, kubectl, and more. You can also develop, build, debug, and deploy your cloud-based apps using the online Cloud Shell Editor.
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Full power access from anywhere

Manage your Google Cloud resources with the flexibility of a Linux shell. Cloud Shell provides command-line access to a virtual machine instance in a terminal window.

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A developer-ready environment

Develop your apps directly from your browser with the Cloud Shell Editor, streamlined to increase your productivity with features such as Go, Java, Node.js, Python, and C# language support, an integrated debugger, source control, refactoring, and a customizable interface. Run your app on the Cloud Shell VM or in our minikube Kubernetes emulator, preview it directly in your browser, then commit changes back to your repo from our git clients.

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Your favorite tools pre-installed and up to date

Many of your favorite command-line tools from bash and sh to emacs and vim are already pre-installed and kept up to date with Cloud Shell. Admin and development tools such as the gcloud command-line tool, MySql, Kubernetes, Docker, minikube, and Skaffold are configured and ready to use—no more hunting around for how to install the latest version and all its dependencies. Just connect to Cloud Shell and go.

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Cloud Code tools for maximizing development productivity

Easily develop cloud-based applications with the tools provided by our Cloud Code extension, allowing you to develop and deploy your Kubernetes and Cloud Run applications, manage your clusters, and integrate Google Cloud APIs into your project, all directly from the Cloud Shell Editor.

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Use Cloud Shell directly in docs when building new skills

Cloud Shell can be activated and used directly within documentation, reducing friction and eliminating the need for context switching while building new skills and learning new products.

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5 GB of persistent disk storage

Cloud Shell provisions 5 GB of persistent disk storage mounted as your $HOME directory on the Cloud Shell instance. All files you store in your home directory, including scripts and user configuration files like .bashrc and .vimrc, persist between sessions.

Product demo

Creating and deploying a Kubernetes Guestbook application in a cluster running in Cloud Shell

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Starting Cloud Shell from the Google Cloud Console and checking versions of gcloud components

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Activate Cloud Shell within documentation

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Web browser access

Access the Cloud Shell command line and code editor from any browser, anywhere, with an internet connection.

Persistent storage

Get 5 GB of persistent storage.

Secure admin

Up-to-date, pre-authorized admin tools ready to use.

Development tools

Development and deployment tools for all the popular programming languages. Easy web preview enables preview of local changes in a web app from Cloud Shell.

Online code editor

Develop, build, debug, and test your apps anywhere using the Cloud Shell Editor.

Source control via Git

Clone or pull remote repositories or commit your code changes back to your repo via Cloud Shell’s git client available in the code editor or on the command line.

Cloud Code extensions

Simplified Kubernetes and Cloud Run development with the integrated tools provided by Cloud Code (minikube, Skaffold).

Migrate your project to your local IDE

Migrate your source code between Cloud Shell Editor and VS Code or IntelliJ via our download or source control capabilities.


Cloud Shell is available at no additional cost for Google Cloud customers.

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