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How to install Google Cloud CLI on Linux?

Rauf Tabassam

Pre-requisites

Before the installation of the gcloud CLI, confirm that Python 3 is installed (Python 3.5 or higher, 3.7 is recommended).

Installation steps

Follow the following steps to install the Google Cloud CLI.

Step 1: Download source

Download one of the following tarball depending upon your operating system. If you don’t know what your operating system is, run the getconf LONG_BIT command:

Or, run the following command to download the Linux 64-bit archive file:

curl -O https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/downloads/google-cloud-cli-387.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

Run the following command to download the Linux 64-bit arm archive file:

curl -O https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/downloads/google-cloud-cli-387.0.0-linux-arm.tar.gz

Run the following command to download Linux 32-bit archive file:

curl -O https://dl.google.com/dl/cloudsdk/channels/rapid/downloads/google-cloud-cli-387.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz

Step 2: Extract the content

Run the following command to extract the content of the downloaded archive file.

tar -xf google-cloud-cli-387.0.0-linux-x86.tar.gz

Make sure the file name is correct after tar -xf. The above example is for the 32-bit archive file.

Note: To replace the existing installation, delete all content of the google-cloud-sdk directory and extract the content in the google-cloud-sdk directory.

Step 3: Install gcloud

From the root folder where you’ve extracted the archive file, run the following command to execute the installation script.

./google-cloud-sdk/install.sh

To install google-cloud-cli non-interactively, set all preferences as flags. Use the --help flag with the above command to see all preferences.

Step 4: Answer prompts

Answer Y to the prompt if you want to send the usage statistics anonymously to Google for the improvement of Google Cloud CLI.

Answer Y to the prompt to enable the command completion and to add the gcloud CLI to your PATH.

Step 5: Initialize gcloud

Use the following command to initialize the gcloud CLI:

./google-cloud-sdk/bin/gcloud init

Step 6: Install additional gcloud components (optional)

Use the following command to install the additional components of gcloud.

gcloud components install [COMPONENT_ID]

For example, use the following function to install the AppCtl component:

gcloud components install appctl

Similarly, update and remove keywords can be used instead of install to update and remove the gcloud components.

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