Install gcloud SDK on Ubuntu⚑

Quick Start⚑

Follow the instruction below to install the Cloud SDK:

  1. Add the Cloud SDK distribution URI as a package source:
echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/] cloud-sdk main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates

curl | sudo apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/ add -
  1. Update and install the Cloud SDK:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk
  1. Run gcloud init to initialize the SDK:
gcloud init

In Depth⚑

Note: Depending on your setup, you can choose other installation methods:

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.


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


  1. Add the Cloud SDK distribution URI as a package source:
echo "deb \[signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/\] 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

Note: If your distribution does not support the signed-by option run this command instead:

echo "deb cloud-sdk main" | sudo tee \-a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google\-cloud\-sdk.list

Note: Make sure you do not have duplicate entries for the cloud-sdk repo.

  1. Import the Google Cloud public key:
curl\-key.gpg | sudo apt\-key \--keyring /usr/share/keyrings/ add \-

Note: If you are unable to get latest updates due to an expired key, obtain the latest apt-get.gpg key file.

Note: If your distribution's apt-key command does not support the --keyring argument run this command instead:

curl\-key.gpg | sudo apt\-key add \-
  1. 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-sdk main" | tee \-a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google\-cloud\-sdk.list && curl\-key.gpg | apt\-key \--keyring /usr/share/keyrings/  add \- && apt\-get update \-y && apt\-get install google\-cloud\-sdk \-y 
  1. Optionally, install any of these additional components:

  2. google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python

  3. google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python-extras
  4. google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
  5. google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-go
  6. google-cloud-sdk-bigtable-emulator
  7. google-cloud-sdk-cbt
  8. google-cloud-sdk-cloud-build-local
  9. google-cloud-sdk-datalab
  10. google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator
  11. google-cloud-sdk-firestore-emulator
  12. google-cloud-sdk-pubsub-emulator
  13. 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
  1. 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.

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

    Note: To prevent the command from launching a web browser, use gcloud init --console-only instead. To authorize without a web browser and non-interactively, create a service account with the appropriate scopes using the Google Cloud Console and use gcloud auth activate-service-account with the corresponding JSON key file.

  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.

  3. 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:

    Note: If you choose to create a project, you'll also need to enable billing on your project to use Google Cloud services.

  4. 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 * 2. To list the properties in your active Cloud SDK configuration:

    gcloud config list

    gcloud displays the list of properties:

    [core] account = 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.

  2. 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.

What's next⚑

Links: [[GCP/Google Cloud Setup Notes]] Source: - Useful Google Cloud Platform Commands Cheat Sheet - Installing Google Cloud SDK  |  Cloud SDK Documentation