Creates an instant snapshot in the specified zone.


You will need authorization for at least one of the following scopes to make a valid call:


If unset, the scope for this method defaults to You can set the scope for this method like this: compute1 --scope <scope> instant-snapshots insert ...

Required Scalar Arguments

  • <project> (string)
    • Project ID for this request.
  • <zone> (string)
    • Name of the zone for this request.

Required Request Value

The request value is a data-structure with various fields. Each field may be a simple scalar or another data-structure. In the latter case it is advised to set the field-cursor to the data-structure's field to specify values more concisely.

For example, a structure like this:

  architecture: string
  creation-timestamp: string
  description: string
  disk-size-gb: string
  id: string
  kind: string
  label-fingerprint: string
  labels: { string: string }
  name: string
  region: string
    storage-size-bytes: string
  satisfies-pzi: boolean
  satisfies-pzs: boolean
  self-link: string
  self-link-with-id: string
  source-disk: string
  source-disk-id: string
  status: string
  zone: string

can be set completely with the following arguments which are assumed to be executed in the given order. Note how the cursor position is adjusted to the respective structures, allowing simple field names to be used most of the time.

  • -r . architecture=eirmod
    • [Output Only] The architecture of the instant snapshot. Valid values are ARM64 or X86_64.
  • creation-timestamp=sed
    • [Output Only] Creation timestamp in RFC3339 text format.
  • description=at
    • An optional description of this resource. Provide this property when you create the resource.
  • disk-size-gb=dolor
    • [Output Only] Size of the source disk, specified in GB.
  • id=magna
    • [Output Only] The unique identifier for the resource. This identifier is defined by the server.
  • kind=tempor
    • [Output Only] Type of the resource. Always compute#instantSnapshot for InstantSnapshot resources.
  • label-fingerprint=labore
    • A fingerprint for the labels being applied to this InstantSnapshot, which is essentially a hash of the labels set used for optimistic locking. The fingerprint is initially generated by Compute Engine and changes after every request to modify or update labels. You must always provide an up-to-date fingerprint hash in order to update or change labels, otherwise the request will fail with error 412 conditionNotMet. To see the latest fingerprint, make a get() request to retrieve a InstantSnapshot.
  • labels=key=erat
    • Labels to apply to this InstantSnapshot. These can be later modified by the setLabels method. Label values may be empty.
    • the value will be associated with the given key
  • name=ea
    • Name of the resource; provided by the client when the resource is created. The name must be 1-63 characters long, and comply with RFC1035. Specifically, the name must be 1-63 characters long and match the regular expression [a-z]([-a-z0-9]*[a-z0-9])? which means the first character must be a lowercase letter, and all following characters must be a dash, lowercase letter, or digit, except the last character, which cannot be a dash.
  • region=sanctus
    • [Output Only] URL of the region where the instant snapshot resides. You must specify this field as part of the HTTP request URL. It is not settable as a field in the request body.
  • resource-status storage-size-bytes=et

    • [Output Only] The storage size of this instant snapshot.
  • .. satisfies-pzi=true

    • Output only. Reserved for future use.
  • satisfies-pzs=true
    • [Output Only] Reserved for future use.
  • self-link=rebum.
    • [Output Only] Server-defined URL for the resource.
  • self-link-with-id=sanctus
    • [Output Only] Server-defined URL for this resource's resource id.
  • source-disk=nonumy
    • URL of the source disk used to create this instant snapshot. Note that the source disk must be in the same zone/region as the instant snapshot to be created. This can be a full or valid partial URL. For example, the following are valid values: - /disks/disk - /disks/disk - projects/project/zones/zone/disks/disk - projects/project/regions/region/disks/disk - zones/zone/disks/disk - regions/region/disks/disk
  • source-disk-id=rebum.
    • [Output Only] The ID value of the disk used to create this InstantSnapshot. This value may be used to determine whether the InstantSnapshot was taken from the current or a previous instance of a given disk name.
  • status=sadipscing
    • [Output Only] The status of the instantSnapshot. This can be CREATING, DELETING, FAILED, or READY.
  • zone=et
    • [Output Only] URL of the zone where the instant snapshot resides. You must specify this field as part of the HTTP request URL. It is not settable as a field in the request body.

About Cursors

The cursor position is key to comfortably set complex nested structures. The following rules apply:

  • The cursor position is always set relative to the current one, unless the field name starts with the . character. Fields can be nested such as in -r f.s.o .
  • The cursor position is set relative to the top-level structure if it starts with ., e.g. -r .s.s
  • You can also set nested fields without setting the cursor explicitly. For example, to set a value relative to the current cursor position, you would specify -r struct.sub_struct=bar.
  • You can move the cursor one level up by using ... Each additional . moves it up one additional level. E.g. ... would go three levels up.

Optional Output Flags

The method's return value a JSON encoded structure, which will be written to standard output by default.

  • -o out
    • out specifies the destination to which to write the server's result to. It will be a JSON-encoded structure. The destination may be - to indicate standard output, or a filepath that is to contain the received bytes. If unset, it defaults to standard output.

Optional Method Properties

You may set the following properties to further configure the call. Please note that -p is followed by one or more key-value-pairs, and is called like this -p k1=v1 k2=v2 even though the listing below repeats the -p for completeness.

  • -p request-id=string
    • An optional request ID to identify requests. Specify a unique request ID so that if you must retry your request, the server will know to ignore the request if it has already been completed. For example, consider a situation where you make an initial request and the request times out. If you make the request again with the same request ID, the server can check if original operation with the same request ID was received, and if so, will ignore the second request. This prevents clients from accidentally creating duplicate commitments. The request ID must be a valid UUID with the exception that zero UUID is not supported ( 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000).

Optional General Properties

The following properties can configure any call, and are not specific to this method.

  • -p $-xgafv=string

    • V1 error format.
  • -p access-token=string

    • OAuth access token.
  • -p alt=string

    • Data format for response.
  • -p callback=string

    • JSONP
  • -p fields=string

    • Selector specifying which fields to include in a partial response.
  • -p key=string

    • API key. Your API key identifies your project and provides you with API access, quota, and reports. Required unless you provide an OAuth 2.0 token.
  • -p oauth-token=string

    • OAuth 2.0 token for the current user.
  • -p pretty-print=boolean

    • Returns response with indentations and line breaks.
  • -p quota-user=string

    • Available to use for quota purposes for server-side applications. Can be any arbitrary string assigned to a user, but should not exceed 40 characters.
  • -p upload-type=string

    • Legacy upload protocol for media (e.g. "media", "multipart").
  • -p upload-protocol=string

    • Upload protocol for media (e.g. "raw", "multipart").
  • -p user-ip=string

    • Legacy name for parameter that has been superseded by quotaUser.