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The Google Cloud Software Development Kit includes language-specific client and API libraries you can use to interface with your Google Cloud account. One of the most helpful features is the command line interface which makes it easy to perform many common cloud tasks, either manually or by scripting.

Learning Objectives

  • Install and configure the Google Cloud SDK
  • Be familiar with basic use cases for the SDK
  • Install and update components
  • Create and manage configurations 

Intended Audience

  • GCP Developers
  • People who want to get GCP certified (e.g. Associate Cloud Engineer)


  • Access to a GCP account

I hope you enjoyed learning about installing and using the Google Cloud SDK.  

I recommend you start with Cloud Shell first and get comfortable with the most common commands.  Once you start building real systems, you will most likely want to install the SDK onto your local development environment.  You may also want to install it on other machines to help automate deployments and service configuration.  In either case, the SDK includes a lot of useful features to help you get the most out of your Google Cloud Platform account.  While the console might be easier to use at first, the SDK can give you more options and can be faster and more reliable.

Well, that is all I have for you today.  Remember to give this course a rating, and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.  Thanks for watching, and make sure to check out our many other courses at Cloud Academy!

About the Author
Learning Paths

Daniel began his career as a Software Engineer, focusing mostly on web and mobile development. After twenty years of dealing with insufficient training and fragmented documentation, he decided to use his extensive experience to help the next generation of engineers.

Daniel has spent his most recent years designing and running technical classes for both Amazon and Microsoft. Today at Cloud Academy, he is working on building out an extensive Google Cloud training library.

When he isn’t working or tinkering in his home lab, Daniel enjoys BBQing, target shooting, and watching classic movies.