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Cloud Shell
Initial release2016
Written inC, Java, C++, Python, Go, Ruby
Operating systemDebian Linux

Google Cloud Shell is an online bash shell based on Debian.[1][2][3] The free tier (included with all Gmail accounts) includes 1.7 gigabytes of random-access memory and a persistent 5 gigabyte home directory. Except for the home and root directories, the Cloud Shell environment is volatile[clarification needed].

The editor in Google Cloud Shell is based on Eclipse Theia.[4]


  1. ^ "Cloud Shell - Browser Based Command Line | Cloud Shell - Browser Based Command Line". Google Cloud. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  2. ^ Dinesh, Sandeep (2018-06-26). "No localhost? No problem! Using Google Cloud Shell as my full time development environment". Medium. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  3. ^ "Exploring the Google Cloud Platform: Utilizing Cloud Shell". Jungle Disk Blog. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  4. ^ Efftinge, Sven (31 March 2020). "Theia 1.0 — Finally a Good Browser IDE". DEV Community. Retrieved 24 August 2020. Google runs Theia as the editor in the Google Cloud Shell