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A Clojure library for loading gcloud credentials from an environment variable instead of a .json file.

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When interoping with the Google SDK the initialization process is more or less as follows:

  1. Load credentials from file
  2. Initialize credentials
  3. Initialize the SDK by passing the credentials to it.
  4. Access resource in the Google cloud

This library allows the credentials to be loaded from the environment variable: GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS.
You can also load the credentials from a custom environment variable. I've found this really useful when deploying applications or running CI/CD outside the Google cloud.

You still need to perform steps 2 - 4 to get up and running.


Deprecated: [alekcz/google-credentials "3.0.0"] The dash in the repository name creates problems.
Current: [alekcz/googlecredentials "3.0.1"]

  1. Get the json file containing your service account creditials by following the instruction here
  2. Copy the contents of your .json into the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable. In your bash_profile and in Travis CI you should escape your credentials using singe quotes.
(require '[googlecredentials.core :as g-cred])

    ;; By default load from GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS
    (-> (. StorageOptions newBuilder)
        (.setCredentials (g-cred/load-service-credentials)) 

    ;; Load from custom environment variable
    (def firebase-options   (-> (new FirebaseOptions$Builder) 
                                (.setCredentials (g-cred/load-service-credentials :firebase-config)) 
    (.initializeApp FirebaseApp firebase-options)   

    ;; Load from custom environment variable as string
    (def firebase-options   (-> (new FirebaseOptions$Builder) 
                                (.setCredentials (g-cred/load-service-credentials "FIREBASE_CONFIG")) 
    (.initializeApp FirebaseApp firebase-options)   

     ;; generic example
    (def cred   (-> (<options-builder>)
                    (.setCredentials (g-cred/load-service-credentials)) 
    (<cloud-library>/<initialisation-function> cred)


Copyright © 2020 Alexander Oloo

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