Set up a project and a development environment

This guide describes how to set up a Google Cloud project to start using Vertex AI. It also describes how to setup the gcloud command-line tool in your local development environment. You can use the gcloud tool to perform custom training and interact with Model and Endpoint resources.

  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
  2. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  4. Enable the Vertex AI API.

    Enable the API

  5. Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.
  6. Update and install gcloud components:
    gcloud components update &&
    gcloud components install beta
  7. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  8. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  9. Enable the Vertex AI API.

    Enable the API

  10. Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.
  11. Update and install gcloud components:
    gcloud components update &&
    gcloud components install beta

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