Google Cloud client libraries for Python - idiomatic, intuitive, and natural way for Python developers to integrate with Google Cloud Platform services, such as Cloud Datastore and Cloud Storage.

What is it?

The google-cloud-* libraries provide clients for accessing Google Cloud Platform services, significantly reducing the boilerplate code you have to write. The libraries provide high-level API abstractions so they're easier to understand. They embrace idioms of Python, work well with the standard library, and integrate better with your codebase. All this means you spend more time creating code that matters to you.

The google-cloud-* clients are configured to access Google Cloud Platform services and authorize (OAuth 2.0) automatically on your behalf. With a one-line install and a private key, you are up and ready to go. Better yet, if you are running on a Google Compute Engine instance, the one-line install is enough!

Retrieve Datastore Entities

from import datastore

client = datastore.Client()
product_key = client.key('Product', 123)



What is the relationship between the google-cloud-* libraries and the gcloud command-line tool?

Both the gcloud command-line tool and the google-cloud-* libraries are a part of the Google Cloud SDK: a collection of tools and libraries that enable you to easily create and manage resources on the Google Cloud Platform. The gcloud command-line tool can be used to manage both your development workflow and your Google Cloud Platform resources while the google-cloud-* libraries provide the libraries for creating and interacting with those reesources from Python.

What is the relationship between the google-cloud-* libraries and the Google APIs Python Client?

The Google APIs Python Client is a client library for using the broad set of Google APIs. The google-cloud-* libraries are built specifically for the Google Cloud Platform and provide the recommended way to integrate Google Cloud APIs into your Python applications. If your application requires both Google Cloud Platform and other Google APIs, both may be used by your application.