Resource Manager Overview#

The Cloud Resource Manager API provides methods that you can use to programmatically manage your projects in the Google Cloud Platform. With this API, you can do the following:

  • Get a list of all projects associated with an account
  • Create new projects
  • Update existing projects
  • Delete projects
  • Undelete, or recover, projects that you don’t want to delete


Don’t forget to look at the Authentication section below. It’s slightly different from the rest of this library.



The projects.create() API method is in the Alpha stage. It might be changed in backward-incompatible ways and is not recommended for production use. It is not subject to any SLA or deprecation policy. Access to this feature is currently invite-only. For an invitation, contact our sales team at

Here’s a quick example of the full life-cycle:

>>> from import resource_manager
>>> client = resource_manager.Client()

>>> # List all projects you have access to
>>> for project in client.list_projects():
...     print(project)

>>> # Create a new project
>>> new_project = client.new_project('your-project-id-here',
...                                  name='My new project')
>>> new_project.create()

>>> # Update an existing project
>>> project = client.fetch_project('my-existing-project')
>>> print(project)
<Project: Existing Project (my-existing-project)>
>>> = 'Modified name'
>>> project.update()
>>> print(project)
<Project: Modified name (my-existing-project)>

>>> # Delete a project
>>> project = client.new_project('my-existing-project')
>>> project.delete()

>>> # Undelete a project
>>> project = client.new_project('my-existing-project')
>>> project.undelete()


Unlike the other APIs, the Resource Manager API is focused on managing your various projects inside Google Cloud Platform. What this means (currently, as of August 2015) is that you can’t use a Service Account to work with some parts of this API (for example, creating projects).

The reason is actually pretty simple: if your API call is trying to do something like create a project, what project’s Service Account can you use? Currently none.

This means that for this API you should always use the credentials provided by the Google Cloud SDK, which you can get by running gcloud auth login.

Once you run that command, google-cloud-python will automatically pick up the credentials, and you can use the “automatic discovery” feature of the library.

Start by authenticating:

$ gcloud auth login

And then simply create a client:

>>> from import resource_manager
>>> client = resource_manager.Client()