How To Install Google Cloud SDK on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Google Cloud SDK on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Google Cloud SDK on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The Google Cloud SDK provides users with the ability to access Google Cloud via Terminal. It is a development toolkit that comes with multiple commands that help in managing the resources within the Google Cloud environment.

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 through the step-by-step installation of Google Cloud SDK on a Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing the Google Cloud SDK on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install the Google Cloud SDK using snaps

Run the following commands to install it:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install google-cloud-sdk --classic
  • Install the Google Cloud SDK using source

The first thing you need to do is to download the Google Cloud SDK:


Now, you need to extract the Google Cloud SDK file to be downloaded:

tar –xvzf google-cloud-sdk-307.0.0-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

Next, navigate to the newly downloaded Google Cloud SDK folder by executing the cd command in Terminal like so:

cd google-cloud-sdk

During the installation of this command, you will be asked to provide feedback to improve the overall environment of the Google Cloud SDK.

Once the Google Cloud SDK has been successfully installed on your Ubuntu 20.04, your terminal window will display the following output on it:

Install Google Cloud SDK on Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Google Cloud. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Google Cloud SDK on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Google Cloud SDK 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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