Cloud Shell is an interactive shell environment for Google Cloud Platform that works directly in the browser. Cloud Shell has many commonly used CLI tools preinstalled, including
gcloud. Almost all the tasks/examples on this site can be done in Cloud Shell, so you don't need to install any CLIs!
After you logged into the Google Cloud console, make sure you have selected a project in the top bar, by clicking Select a project.
From the Select a project dialog, select a Google Cloud Project to use. This will help pre-configure Cloud Shell to use that project as the default project.
On the top right, click the Activate Cloud Shell icon.
If it's your first time using Cloud Shell, in the introduction dialog, click Start Cloud Shell to continue. Wait for the Cloud Shell machine to provision (it may take a few minutes).
Make sure your Cloud Shell is configured with the current project by checking the current Project ID configured for
gcloud config get-value project
The Cloud Shell instance is ephemeral, but your home directory will persist and its contents will be carried to future Cloud Shell sessions. Any data/binaries stored outside of the home directory may be lost.
If you want to install any additional binaries, make sure to store them inside your home directory, maybe under a
mkdir $HOME/binecho 'export PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH"' >> $HOME/.bashrc
When working with Java applications and running heavier workloads in Cloud Shell, it'll be useful to enable Boost Mode. In the Cloud Shell's More menu, click Boost Cloud Shell.
This will re-provision your Cloud Shell instance and replace the original
e2-small (0.5 vCPU, 2GB of memory) machine type with a larger
e2-medium (1 vCPU, 4GB of memory) machine type.
You can open new Cloud Shell tabs by clicking the + icon.
Cloud Shell comes with common text editing tools, such as
nano. It also has a built-in web-based text editor. You can open the web-based editor by clicking Open Editor.
This will launch an embedded editor where you can open and edit text files. You can switch back to the terminals by clicking Open Terminal.
You can specify the default
region with a
gcloud command. If you primarily operate within a single zone or region, set the default
zone and default
gcloud config set compute/region us-central1gcloud config set compute/zone us-central1-cgcloud config set run/region us-central1