Google Cloud Shell

Google Cloud Shell is an interactive shell environment for Google Cloud Platform. It makes it easy for you to manage your projects and resources without having to install the Google Cloud SDK and other tools on your system. With Cloud Shell, the Cloud SDK gcloud command and other utilities you need are always available when you need them.
Free, pre-installed with the tools you need for the Google Cloud Platform. Learn More

Real Linux environment

  • Linux Debian-based OS
  • 5GB persisted home directory
  • Add, edit and save files

Configured for Google Cloud

  • Google Cloud SDK
  • Google App Engine SDK
  • Docker
  • Git
  • Text editors
  • Build tools

Popular language support

  • Python
  • Java
  • Go
  • Node.js


To connect to a web application running on an instance, click the Web Preview button Web Preview Button above the Cloud Shell terminal window in the Cloud Platform Console. Then, select the port number from the displayed menu. This opens a preview URL on the Cloud Shell proxy service in a new browser window.


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