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Async Google gRPC/REST APIs and the client implementation hiding complexity of GCP authentication based on Tonic middleware and Reqwest

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Google Cloud SDK for Rust

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Async Google Cloud Platform (GCP) gRPC/REST APIs client implementation based on Tonic middleware and Reqwest.


This is NOT OFFICIAL Google Cloud SDK (and it doesn't exist for Rust at the time this page updated).


This library contains all the code generated from the Google API for gRPC and REST APIs.

How API/models are generated:


When using each product API, you must explicitly include it in your build using a feature flag. For example, if you want to use Cloud Pub/Sub, write features = ["google-pubsub-v1"] to Cargo.toml.

The feature name is the period of the package name of each proto file, replaced by a hyphen.

In addition, multiple features can be specified.

The list of available features can be found here.

Example for gRPC

    // The library handles getting token from environment automatically
    let firestore_client: GoogleApi<FirestoreClient<GoogleAuthMiddleware>> =
            // cloud resource prefix: used only for some of the APIs (such as Firestore)

    let response = firestore_client
        .list_documents(tonic::Request::new(ListDocumentsRequest {
            parent: format!("{}/documents", cloud_resource_prefix),

More complete examples are located here.


gcloud-sdk = { version = "0.21", features = ["google-firestore-v1"] }

Example for REST API

let google_rest_client = gcloud_sdk::GoogleRestApi::new().await?;

let response = gcloud_sdk::google_rest_apis::storage_v1::buckets_api::storage_buckets_list(
    gcloud_sdk::google_rest_apis::storage_v1::buckets_api::StoragePeriodBucketsPeriodListParams {
        project: google_project_id,

Google authentication

Default Scope is https://www.googleapis.com/auth/cloud-platform.

To specify custom scopes there is from_function_with_scopes() function instead of from_function();

Looks for credentials in the following places, preferring the first location found:

  • A JSON file whose path is specified by the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable.
  • A JSON file in a location known to the gcloud command-line tool using gcloud auth application-default login.
  • On Google Compute Engine, it fetches credentials from the metadata server.

Workload Identity Federation

The library provides the support for workload identity federation support to use "keyless" integrations with different providers:

  • URL based OIDC/SAML (for example GitHub actions) with text/json file formats;
  • File based OIDC/SAML with text/json file formats;

AWS provider is not supported yet (feel free to open a PR to support, https://github.com/abdolence/gcloud-sdk-rs/issues/29).

Local development

Don't confuse gcloud auth login with gcloud auth application-default login for local development, since the first authorize only gcloud tool to access the Cloud Platform.

The latter obtains user access credentials via a web flow and puts them in the well-known location for Application Default Credentials (ADC). This command is useful when you are developing code that would normally use a service account but need to run the code in a local development environment where it's easier to provide user credentials. So to work for local development you need to use gcloud auth application-default login.

High-level APIs

Sometimes using proto generated APIs are tedious and cumbersome, so you may need to introduce facade APIs on top of them:


Licensed under either of Apache License, Version 2.0 or MIT license at your option.


  • Abdulla Abdurakhmanov
  • mechiru - the original project (gRPC proto generator and token sources implementation)

The library was started as a fork of mechiru/googapis and mechiru/gouth libraries, but now includes much more:

  • Google API client/tokens management and Tower-based middleware layer to simplify development to provide an async client implementation that hides complexity working with tokens and TLS.
  • Google REST APIs support additionally to gRPC.
  • Workload Identity Federation support.
  • Improved observability with tracing and measuring execution time of endpoints.
  • Uses synchronisation primitives (such as Mutex) from tokio everywhere and has direct dependencies to tokio runtime.
  • Security-related protocol extensions for Google Secret Manager and KMS.


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