How-To: Creating a Service Account on Google GCP

Creating a Service Account

A service account enables to authenticate to various Google Cloud Platform services, such as Google Cloud Storage. To create a service account, perform the following steps:

  • Ensure that the Google Compute Engine API is enabled. In the Google Cloud Platform console for your project, click API Manager.
  • Click Compute Engine API (under Google Cloud APIs).
  • If not already enabled, click Enable API.
  • At the prompt, click Enable Billing.
  • At the prompt, select the billing account and click Set account. A status displays, showing that the Google Compute Engine API is enabling.
  • Click API Manager..
  • In the API Manager menu, click Credentials.
  • In the Credentials screen, click New credentials > Service account key.
  • In the Create service account key screen, click JSON, and click Create.
You are prompted to save the JSON file to your local machine. Note the location where you download this file. 

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