An scalable serverless end-to-end photo-sharing application made from 11 Google Cloud components

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  • Last update: Oct 6, 2022
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Build an serverless end-to-end photo sharing application with Google Cloud

This deploystack will help you create a scalable end-to-end photo-sharing application with 11 Google Cloud, Terraform, and Django.



Components created:

  • Cloud Run - which will run the app as the main server.
  • Cloud SQL - To store relational database such as user info, posts.
  • Cloud Storage - To store non-relational database such as post media.
  • Cloud Load Balancer - To server traffic with multiple regions.
  • Cloud DNS - To map custom domain and handle requests from your local machines everytime you go to the url.
  • Cloud Build - apply DevOps CI/CD to automatically deploy your app from gcloud.
  • Secret Manager - To improve the security of the app.
  • Cloud VPC - To connect Cloud SQL with Cloud Run via private network.
  • Cloud DNS - to store static cache for faster connections.
  • Translation API - to translate the post caption if it is in another language.
  • Container Registry - to store, manage, and secure your Docker container images.

What you can do with this app:

  • Create post with media and caption
  • Search users
  • View newsfeed
  • Follow other users
  • Change profile picture
  • Translate the post caption to English


You can install this application using the Open in Google Cloud Shell button below.

Open in Cloud Shell

Clicking this link will take you right to the DeployStack app, running in your Cloud Shell environment. It will walk you through setting up your architecture.


To remove all billing components from the project

  1. Remove componets with terraform apply -auto-approve -var=project=${PROJECT}
  2. Typing deploystack uninstall

How to run

1. Create project with billing enabled, and configure gcloud for that project

export PROJECT_ID=foobar
gcloud config set project $PROJECT_ID

2. Configure default credentials (allows Terraform to apply changes):

gcloud auth application-default login

To double check, run gcloud auth list To set active account, run gcloud config set account ACCOUNT

3. Enable base services:

gcloud services enable \ \ \

4. Build base image

gcloud builds submit

5. Run ./test

Check the output url from Cloud Run

Local deployment:

  1. Go to Cloud SQL to get your connection name. It should be in the format: {PROJECT_ID}:{SQL_INSTANCE_REGION}:{SQL_INSTANCE_NAME}
  2. In another terminal, run ./cloud_sql_proxy -instances={CONNECTION_NAME}=tcp:
  3. Run PRODUCTION_MODE="local" python3 runserver --insecure to run the app locally and connect to Cloud SQL.

Django models migration

  1. Follow steps in local deployment

  2. On your app's terminal, run**PRODUCTION_MODE="local" python3 migrate

  3. Build base image to push new changes to Container Registry

    gcloud builds submit
  4. Run ./test

    Check the output url from Cloud Run with new changes

Have issues or questions, visit Issues.

This is not an official Google product.