Cloud Functions: Qwik Start - Console

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Cloud Functions: Qwik Start - Console

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Cloud Functions is a serverless execution environment for building and connecting cloud services. With Cloud Functions you write simple, single-purpose functions that are attached to events emitted from your cloud infrastructure and services.

Your Cloud Function is triggered when an event being watched is fired. Your code executes in a fully managed environment. There is no need to provision any infrastructure or worry about managing any servers.

Cloud Functions are written in Javascript and executed in a Node.js environment on Google Cloud. You can take your Cloud Function and run it in any standard Node.js runtime which makes both portability and local testing a breeze.

Connect and extend cloud services

Cloud Functions provides a connective layer of logic that lets you write code to connect and extend cloud services. Listen and respond to a file upload to Cloud Storage, a log change, or an incoming message on a Cloud Pub/Sub topic.

Cloud Functions augments existing cloud services and allows you to address an increasing number of use cases with arbitrary programming logic. Cloud Functions have access to the Google Service Account credential and are thus seamlessly authenticated with the majority of Google Cloud services such as Datastore, Cloud Spanner, Cloud Translation API, Cloud Vision API, as well as many others. In addition, Cloud Functions are supported by numerous Node.js client libraries, which further simplify these integrations.

Events and triggers

Cloud events are things that happen in your cloud environment.These might be things like changes to data in a database, files added to a storage system, or a new virtual machine instance being created.

Events occur whether or not you choose to respond to them. You create a response to an event with a trigger. A trigger is a declaration that you are interested in a certain event or set of events. Binding a function to a trigger allows you to capture and act on events. For more information on creating triggers and associating them with your functions, see Google Cloud, Cloud Functions Documentation, Events and Triggers.


Cloud Functions removes the work of managing servers, configuring software, updating frameworks, and patching operating systems. The software and infrastructure are fully managed by Google so that you just add code. Furthermore, provisioning of resources happens automatically in response to events. This means that a function can scale from a few invocations a day to many millions of invocations without any work from you.

Use cases

Asynchronous workloads like lightweight ETL, or cloud automations like triggering application builds now no longer need their own server and a developer to wire it up. You simply deploy a Cloud Function bound to the event you want and you're done.

The fine-grained, on-demand nature of Cloud Functions also makes it a perfect candidate for lightweight APIs and webhooks. In addition, the automatic provisioning of HTTP endpoints when you deploy an HTTP Function means there is no complicated configuration required as there is with some other services. See the following table for additional common Cloud Functions use cases:

Use Case


Data Processing / ETL

Listen and respond to Cloud Storage events such as when a file is created, changed, or removed. Process images, perform video transcoding, validate and transform data, and invoke any service on the Internet from your Cloud Function.


Via a simple HTTP trigger, respond to events originating from 3rd party systems like GitHub, Slack, Stripe, or from anywhere that can send HTTP requests.

Lightweight APIs

Compose applications from lightweight, loosely coupled bits of logic that are quick to build and that scale instantly. Your functions can be event-driven or invoked directly over HTTP/S.

Mobile Backend

Use Google's mobile platform for app developers, Firebase, and write your mobile backend in Cloud Functions. Listen and respond to events from Firebase Analytics, Realtime Database, Authentication, and Storage.


Imagine tens or hundreds of thousands of devices streaming data into Cloud Pub/Sub, thereby launching Cloud Functions to process, transform and store data. Cloud Functions lets you do things in a way that's completely serverless.

This hands-on lab shows you how to create, deploy, and test a cloud function using the Google Cloud console.

What you'll do

  • Create a cloud function

  • Deploy and test the function

  • View logs

Setup and requirements

Before you click the Start Lab button

Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.

This hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.

To complete this lab, you need:

  • Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
Note: Use an Incognito or private browser window to run this lab. This prevents any conflicts between your personal account and the Student account, which may cause extra charges incurred to your personal account.
  • Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab to avoid extra charges to your account.

How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console

  1. Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is the Lab Details panel with the following:

    • The Open Google Console button
    • Time remaining
    • The temporary credentials that you must use for this lab
    • Other information, if needed, to step through this lab
  2. Click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.

    Tip: Arrange the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.

    Note: If you see the Choose an account dialog, click Use Another Account.
  3. If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.

  4. Copy the Password from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Welcome dialog. Click Next.

    Important: You must use the credentials from the left panel. Do not use your Google Cloud Skills Boost credentials. Note: Using your own Google Cloud account for this lab may incur extra charges.
  5. Click through the subsequent pages:

    • Accept the terms and conditions.
    • Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
    • Do not sign up for free trials.

After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.

Note: You can view the menu with a list of Google Cloud Products and Services by clicking the Navigation menu at the top-left. Navigation menu icon

Task 1. Create a function

In this step, you're going to create a cloud function using the console.

  1. In the console, click the Navigation menu > Cloud Functions.

  2. Click Create function.

  3. In the Create function dialog, enter the following values:



Function name



Select HTTP and click Save

Memory allocated (In Runtime, Build, Connections and Security Settings)

Keep it default


Set the Maximum number of instance to 5 and then click Next

You deploy the function in the next section.

Task 2. Deploy the function

  1. Still in the Create function dialog, in Source code for Inline editor use the default helloWorld function implementation already provided for index.js.

  2. At the bottom, click Deploy to deploy the function.

  3. After you click Deploy, the console redirects to the Cloud Functions Overview page.

While the function is being deployed, the icon next to it is a small spinner. When it's deployed, the spinner is a green check mark.

Test completed task

Click Check my progress to verify your performed task. If you have completed the task successfully you will be granted an assessment score.

Deploy the function.

Task 3. Test the function

Test the deployed function.

  1. In the Cloud Functions Overview page, display the menu for your function, and click Test function.

    Cloud Functions Overview page

  2. In the Triggering event field, enter the following text between the brackets {} and click Test the function.

    "message":"Hello World!"

In the Output field, you should see the message Success: Hello World!

In the Logs field, a status code of 200 indicates success. (It may take a minute for the logs to appear.)

A status code of 200 displays in the Logs field

Task 4. View logs

View logs from the Cloud Functions Overview page.

  1. Click the blue arrow to go back to the Cloud Functions Overview page.

    Blue arrow

  2. Display the menu for your function, and click View logs.

    View logs option in the function menu

    Example of the log history that displays in Query results:

    Log history on Query results page

    Your application is deployed, tested, and you can view the logs.

Task 5. Test your understanding

Below are multiple-choice questions to reinforce your understanding of this lab's concepts. Answer them to the best of your abilities.


You used the Google Cloud console to create, deploy, and test a cloud function.

Finish Your quest

This self-paced lab is part of the Baseline: Deploy & Develop and Baseline: Infrastructure quests. A quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path. Completing a quest earns you a badge to recognize your achievement. You can make your badge or badges public and link to them in your online resume or social media account. Enroll in any quest that contains this lab and get immediate completion credit. See the Google Cloud Skills Boost catalog to see all available quests.

Take your next lab

  • This lab is also part of a series of labs called Qwik Starts. These labs are designed to give you a little taste of the many features available with Google Cloud. Search for "Qwik Starts" in the lab catalog to find the next lab you'd like to take!

  • Now that you used the console to start a Google Cloud Function, try and compare starting a Cloud Function using the command line. See Cloud Functions: Qwik Start - Using the Command Line.

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Manual Last Updated June 15, 2022

Lab Last Tested October 28, 2021

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