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How to install and init Google Cloud SDK in Linux (Debian / Ubuntu)?

In this post, we will learn how to install Google Cloud SDK in a Linux operating system especially Debian and Ubuntu distributions. Google Cloud SDK is a set of tools, including gcloud, gsutil, and bq command-line tools, client libraries, and local emulators, to work with Google Cloud and develop applications using Google Cloud.

The following steps explain how to install Google Cloud SDK in a Linux environment.

Download the archive

curl -O

You can get the latest link for the archive from this page.

Extract the archive

tar zxvf google-cloud-sdk-294.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz gcloud_sdk

Run install script

cd gcloud_sdk


Welcome to the Google Cloud SDK!

To help improve the quality of this product, we collect anonymized usage data
and anonymized stacktraces when crashes are encountered; additional information
is available at <>. This data is
handled in accordance with our privacy policy
<>. You may choose to opt in this
collection now (by choosing 'Y' at the below prompt), or at any time in the
future by running the following command:

    gcloud config set disable_usage_reporting false

Do you want to help improve the Google Cloud SDK (y/N)?  N

Your current Cloud SDK version is: 293.0.0
The latest available version is: 293.0.0

│                                                 Components                                                 │
│     Status    │                         Name                         │            ID            │   Size   │
│ Not Installed │ App Engine Go Extensions                             │ app-engine-go            │  4.9 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Appctl                                               │ appctl                   │ 21.0 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Bigtable Command Line Tool                     │ cbt                      │  7.7 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Bigtable Emulator                              │ bigtable                 │  6.6 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Datalab Command Line Tool                      │ datalab                  │  < 1 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Datastore Emulator                             │ cloud-datastore-emulator │ 18.4 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Firestore Emulator                             │ cloud-firestore-emulator │ 40.4 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Pub/Sub Emulator                               │ pubsub-emulator          │ 34.9 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud SQL Proxy                                      │ cloud_sql_proxy          │  3.8 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Cloud Spanner Emulator                               │ cloud-spanner-emulator   │ 21.3 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Emulator Reverse Proxy                               │ emulator-reverse-proxy   │ 14.5 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Google Cloud Build Local Builder                     │ cloud-build-local        │  6.0 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Google Container Registry's Docker credential helper │ docker-credential-gcr    │  1.8 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Kind                                                 │ kind                     │  4.5 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Minikube                                             │ minikube                 │ 22.4 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ Skaffold                                             │ skaffold                 │ 12.0 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ anthos-auth                                          │ anthos-auth              │ 16.0 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud Alpha Commands                                │ alpha                    │  < 1 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud Beta Commands                                 │ beta                     │  < 1 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud app Java Extensions                           │ app-engine-java          │ 62.4 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud app PHP Extensions                            │ app-engine-php           │          │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud app Python Extensions                         │ app-engine-python        │  6.1 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ gcloud app Python Extensions (Extra Libraries)       │ app-engine-python-extras │ 27.1 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ kpt                                                  │ kpt                      │ 20.3 MiB │
│ Not Installed │ kubectl                                              │ kubectl                  │  < 1 MiB │
│ Installed     │ BigQuery Command Line Tool                           │ bq                       │  < 1 MiB │
│ Installed     │ Cloud SDK Core Libraries                             │ core                     │ 14.5 MiB │
│ Installed     │ Cloud Storage Command Line Tool                      │ gsutil                   │  3.5 MiB │
To install or remove components at your current SDK version [293.0.0], run:
  $ gcloud components install COMPONENT_ID
  $ gcloud components remove COMPONENT_ID

To update your SDK installation to the latest version [293.0.0], run:
  $ gcloud components update

Modify profile to update your $PATH and enable shell command 

Do you want to continue (Y/n)?  Y

The Google Cloud SDK installer will now prompt you to update an rc 
file to bring the Google Cloud CLIs into your environment.

Enter a path to an rc file to update, or leave blank to use 
Backing up [/home/anand/.bashrc] to [/home/anand/.bashrc.backup].
[/home/anand/.bashrc] has been updated.

==> Start a new shell for the changes to take effect.

For more information on how to get started, please visit:

Initialize Google Cloud

./bin/gcloud init

It will ask your login to your Google cloud via browser (oAuth).

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Welcome! This command will take you through the configuration of gcloud.

Your current configuration has been set to: [default]

You can skip diagnostics next time by using the following flag:
  gcloud init --skip-diagnostics

Network diagnostic detects and fixes local network connection issues.
Checking network connection...done.                                                                                                                                                                         
Reachability Check passed.
Network diagnostic passed (1/1 checks passed).

You must log in to continue. Would you like to log in (Y/n)?  Y

Your browser has been opened to visit:

Opening in existing browser session.
You are logged in as: [].

Pick cloud project to use: 
 [1] agent-chat-swqsssf
 [2] zinconic-plant-277821
 [3] Create a new project
Please enter numeric choice or text value (must exactly match list 
item):  3

Enter a Project ID. Note that a Project ID CANNOT be changed later.
Project IDs must be 6-30 characters (lowercase ASCII, digits, or
hyphens) in length and start with a lowercase letter. myapp-anand
Waiting for [operations/cp.6041098487870253201] to finish...done.                                                                                                                                           
Your current project has been set to: [myapp-anand].

Not setting default zone/region (this feature makes it easier to use
[gcloud compute] by setting an appropriate default value for the
--zone and --region flag).
See section on how to set
default compute region and zone manually. If you would like [gcloud init] to be
able to do this for you the next time you run it, make sure the
Compute Engine API is enabled for your project on the page.

Created a default .boto configuration file at [/home/anand/.boto]. See this file and
[] for more
information about configuring Google Cloud Storage.
Your Google Cloud SDK is configured and ready to use!

* Commands that require authentication will use by default
* Commands will reference project `myapp-anand` by default
Run `gcloud help config` to learn how to change individual settings

This gcloud configuration is called [default]. You can create additional configurations if you work with multiple accounts and/or projects.
Run `gcloud topic configurations` to learn more.

Some things to try next:

* Run `gcloud --help` to see the Cloud Platform services you can interact with. And run `gcloud help COMMAND` to get help on any gcloud command.
* Run `gcloud topic --help` to learn about advanced features of the SDK like arg files and output formatting

Done. You can access Google Cloud directly from your local system.

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