Ubuntu on GCP

Ubuntu on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a set of customised Ubuntu images that allow easy access to a wide range of products and services - offered by both Google Cloud and Canonical. These images have an optimised kernel that boots faster, has a smaller footprint and includes GCP-specific drivers.

These images provide a foundation for deploying cloud-based software solutions, specifically for software built on Ubuntu and running on Google cloud. They focus on providing the optimal tools and features needed to run specific workloads.

The images create a stable and secure cloud platform that is ideal for scaling development work done on Ubuntu-based systems. Since Ubuntu is one of the most favoured operating systems amongst developers, using an Ubuntu-based image for the corresponding cloud deployment becomes the simplest option.

Everyone from individual developers to large enterprises use these images for developing and deploying their softwares. For highly regulated industries from the government, medical and finance sectors, various security-certified images are also available.

In this documentation

How-to guides

Step-by-step guides covering key operations and common tasks


Discussion and clarification of key topics, such as confidential computing and our image retention policy.

Project and community

Ubuntu on GCP is a member of the Ubuntu family and the project warmly welcomes community projects, contributions, suggestions, fixes and constructive feedback.