Lesson 2: Exploring Cloud Shell

Google Cloud Shell provides you with command-line access to your cloud resources directly from your browser. You can easily manage your projects and resources without having to install the Google Cloud SDK or other tools on your system. With Cloud Shell, the Cloud SDK gcloud command-line tools and other utilities you need are always available, up to date, and fully authenticated when you need them. -GCP Docs


  • Web browser access

    • No need for a local terminal

      • No PuTTY!

  • Automatics SSH key management

  • 5 GB of persistent storage

  • Easy-access to pre-installed tools

    • gcloud, bq, kubectl, docker, npm/node, pip/python, ruby, vim, emacs, bash, etc.

  • Pre-authorized and always up-to-date

  • Web preview of web app running on local port