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gceProject() golang function that implements multiple methods of determining the GCP project it is being run within
package main
import (
func main() {
project, err := gceProject()
if err != nil {
// gceProject attempts to determine the GCE Project that it is running within.
// The controller needs this information because it is not available on any of the
// objects monitored by the controller (PV, PVC, nor PD).
// It looks for the project in the following order:
// 1. env var GOOGLE_PROJECT
// a. A JSON file whose path is specified by the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable.
// b. A JSON file in a location known to the gcloud command-line tool.
// On Windows, this is %APPDATA%/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json.
// On other systems, $HOME/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json.
// c. On Google App Engine standard first generation runtimes (<= Go 1.9) it uses
// the appengine.AccessToken function.
// d. On Google Compute Engine, Google App Engine standard second generation runtimes
// (>= Go 1.11), and Google App Engine flexible environment, it fetches
// credentials from the metadata server.
func gceProject() (string, error) {
// 1 - environment GOOGLE_PROJECT
if project := os.Getenv("GOOGLE_PROJECT"); project != "" {
log.Println("DEBUG: found project via environment") // you can remove this, or replace with your own logger
return project, nil
// 2 - ADC:
ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(context.Background(), 3*time.Second)
defer cancel()
credentials, err := google.FindDefaultCredentials(ctx)
if err == nil {
if credentials.ProjectID != "" {
log.Println("DEBUG: found project via APPLICATION_DEFAULT_CREDENTIALS") // you can remove this, or replace with your own logger
return credentials.ProjectID, nil
return "", errors.New("Unable to automatically determine Google Cloud Project. You must set the env var 'GOOGLE_PROJECT'")
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