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How To Install Google Cloud SDK on Linux Mint 20

Install Google Cloud SDK on Linux Mint 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Google Cloud SDK on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Google Cloud SDK (Software Development Kit) provides a set of tools that are used to manage resources hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Good Cloud SDK presents a number of important command-line tools such as gcloud, gsutil and bq that enable effective management of applications and other resources in the Google Cloud

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of a Google Cloud SDK on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Google Cloud SDK on Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates gnupg

Step 2. Installing Google Cloud SDK on Linux Mint 20.

By default, Google Cloud SDK is not available on the Linux Mint base repository. Now we add the Google Cloud repository to your system using the following command below:

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/] cloud-sdk main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list

Next, import the Google Cloud public key:

curl | sudo apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/ add -

Lastly, install the Google SDK using the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-cloud-sdk

Optionally, install any of the following additional components:

  • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python
  • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-python-extras
  • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-java
  • google-cloud-sdk-app-engine-go
  • google-cloud-sdk-bigtable-emulator
  • google-cloud-sdk-cbt
  • google-cloud-sdk-cloud-build-local
  • google-cloud-sdk-datalab
  • google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator
  • google-cloud-sdk-firestore-emulator
  • google-cloud-sdk-pubsub-emulator

For example, the google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator the component can be installed as follows:

sudo apt install google-cloud-sdk-datastore-emulator

Once the Google Cloud SDK has been successfully installed on your Linux Mint system, initialize it by running the command below:

$ gcloud init

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)?

Complete the onscreen instructions to initialize your system. For more details read official instructions to initialize the Cloud SDK environment.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Google Cloud SDK. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Google Cloud SDK on the Linux Mint system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Google Cloud website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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