What is a service account? How to create a service account? How to generate JSON key?

🛎️ What is a Service Account?️

In GCP, a Service Account is a special type of account that is used to authenticate applications and services running on the cloud. Service Accounts are similar to regular user accounts, but they are designed to be used by machines instead of humans. These accounts are used to authorize an application or a service to access other GCP resources such as Compute Engine instances, Cloud Storage buckets, and other APIs.

🧾 How to create a Service Account?

To create a Service Account in GCP, you need to follow the following steps:
  1. 1.
    Open the GCP Console and navigate to the IAM & Admin section.
  1. 2.
    Select "Service accounts" from the left-hand menu.
  1. 3.
    Click on the "Create Service Account" button.
  1. 4.
    Enter the required details, such as the Service Account name & ID with a brief description.
  1. 5.
    Select the roles that the Service Account will be granted. Roles determine the level of access the Service Account will have in the cloud.
  2. 6.
    Click on the "DONE" button to create the Service Account.

🔑 How to generate a JSON key?

Once you have created a Service Account, you will need to generate a JSON key to authenticate your application or service. Follow the steps below to generate a JSON key:
  1. 1.
    Navigate to the Service Account that you have created and click on the "Manage Keys" button.
  2. 2.
    Click on the "Add Key" button in the "Keys" section.
  1. 3.
    Select the "JSON" key type and click on the "Create" button.
  1. 4.
    The JSON key will be downloaded to your local system. You can use this key to authenticate your application or service.
Service Accounts are an essential feature in GCP that enable businesses to run their applications and services on the cloud securely. Creating a Service Account and generating a JSON key is a simple process that can be done in a few clicks. By following the steps outlined above, you can create a Service Account and generate a JSON key that can be used to authenticate your applications and services running on the GCP.