Set up a free micro VPS on Google Cloud Platform


While many suppliers offer littler VPS you can test for nothing for a specific time extend, very few are for all time free. This article will focus on setting up an f1-small scale VPS on Google Cloud Platform promoted as “Always free!”. Google offers an exceptionally wide scope of conceivable VPS designs and as opposed to different suppliers, the complementary plan is fairly covered up in all the accessible choices. This article will control you through the arrangement procedure bit by bit.

In this video, I show you how to set up a free micro VPS on the Google Cloud Platform. Everything in this video is done using the Google Cloud Console.

free f1-micro configuration

The f1-micro VPS is part of Google’s “always free” products. If the 12 month test period has ended or if you used up all the credit of your voucher, you will not be able to use these free products anymore. In this case, you will have to upgrade your account, enabling Google to charge your credit card. However, the f1-micro VPS will still be free. Be aware that you might be credited in this case if you use more than the free network egress traffic of 1 GB per month (excluding Australia and China).

Set up an f1-micro instance

Setting up an f1-micro VPS as shown in this article will not generate any cost for you, it could happen that due to some.

We cannot take responsibility for any cost that might be generated on your account, especially when exceeding the allowed traffic volume of 1 GB per month. Be sure to use the correct configuration and check your balance repeatedly to avoid any unwanted charges!

Visit the compute engine section of the Google Cloud Platform! ( and create a new instance.

free f1-micro configuration

The next step will allow you to define the configuration of your instance. You can also choose a much more powerful setup, but only the correct F1-micro instance will provide a free VPS

free f1-micro configuration

Choose the name for your new instance and select micro (1 shared CPU) as the machine type. Only instances located in certain US regions will be part of the “always free” deal. At the time of writing this included the regions us-central1 (Iowa), us-east1 (South Carolina), and us-west1 (Oregon).

** IMPORTANT! Check the text next to your settings. It has to look like below and show a free usage time that is equivalent to the number of days in the current month times 24 hours (720 hours for November with 30 days).

free f1-micro configuration

Click on Change in the Boot disk section. Optionally you can change the pre-installed operating system you want to use. More importantly, you can increase the amount of persistent disk space in this dialog. Increase the value to 30 (included in the “always free” package) and leave the dialog using the Select button.

free f1-micro configuration
free f1-micro configuration

The firewall section allows you to automatically add exceptions for ports 80 and 443 if you plan to use your VPS for a web server. Firewall rules can also be added and edited later. Then Click On Create.

After a few seconds, you will have a running f1-micro instance. You can access it via the SSH drop-down menu.

free f1-micro configuration

Use the first option in the menu to open an ssh-shell in a new browser window to access the VPS.

free f1-micro configuration

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