SSH Into Google Compute Engine

October 29, 2020
Permission denied (publickey)


gcloud compute ssh INSTANCE_NAME

If you have same INSTANCE_NAME across different zone, or multiple projects.

gcloud compute ssh --project=PROJECT_ID --zone=ZONE INSTANCE_NAME

If your local machine username differ from Compute VM Instance’s username, you will get Permission denied (publickey) (the username is usually extracted from your email/gmail account). Or you could create a local username which is same as the VM instance username.

NOTE: If you are unsure of the username of the VM instance

gcloud compute ssh USERNAME@INSTANCE_NAME



Select your instance and click SSH.

NOTE: Use CTRL-SHIFT-C/V for copy and paste.

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