Google Compute Engine

Spinnaker supports deploying applications to Google Compute Engine (GCE).

In Google Compute Engine (GCE), an Account maps to a credential able to authenticate against a given Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project.


You need a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project to run Spinnaker against. The next steps assume you’ve already created a project , and installed gcloud . You can check that gcloud is installed and authenticated by running:

gcloud info

Downloading credentials

Spinnaker needs a service account to authenticate as against GCE, with the role enumerated below enabled. If you don’t already have such a service account with the corresponding JSON key downloaded, you can run the following commands to do so:


gcloud iam service-accounts create \
    --display-name $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_NAME

SA_EMAIL=$(gcloud iam service-accounts list \
    --filter="displayName:$SERVICE_ACCOUNT_NAME" \

PROJECT=$(gcloud config get-value project)

# permission to create/modify instances in your project
gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL \
    --role roles/compute.instanceAdmin

# permission to create/modify network settings in your project
gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL \
    --role roles/compute.networkAdmin

# permission to create/modify firewall rules in your project
gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL \
    --role roles/compute.securityAdmin

# permission to create/modify images & disks in your project
gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL \
    --role roles/compute.storageAdmin

# permission to download service account keys in your project
# this is needed by packer to bake GCE images remotely
gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL \
    --role roles/iam.serviceAccountActor

mkdir -p $(dirname $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST)

gcloud iam service-accounts keys create $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST \
    --iam-account $SA_EMAIL

Once you have run these commands, your GCP JSON key is sitting in a file called $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST.

Adding an Account

First, make sure that the provider is enabled:

hal config provider google enable

All that’s required are the following values (we’ve provided defaults for you):

PROJECT=$(gcloud config get-value project)
SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST=# see Prerequisites section above

Finally, add your new google account:

hal config provider google account add $ACCOUNT --project $PROJECT \
    --json-path $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST

TODO(lwander or duftler): Add a note about application default credentials.

Advanced account settings

If you are looking for more configurability, please see the other options listed in the Halyard Reference .

Next steps

Optionally, you can set up another cloud provider , but otherwise you’re ready to choose an environment in which to install Spinnaker.