Google App Engine Deployment

This is a quick guide to deploy your trained models using the Google App Engine Custom runtimes. This guide comes with a starter app deploying Jeremy’s Bear Image Classification model form Lesson 2.

Grab Google App Engine starter pack for model deployment



cd google-app-engine/app

Per-project setup

Upload your trained model file

Upload your trained model file (for example stage-2.pth) to a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Copy the download link for the file. Note: the download link is the one which starts the file download directly and is normally different than the share link which presents you with a view to download the file (use if needed)

If you want to just test the deployment initially, you can use Jeremy’s bear classification model from Lesson 2, you can skip this step since that model’s weights URL is already filled in the sample app.

Customize the app for your model

Open up the file inside the app directory and update the model_file_url variable with the download URL copied above In the same file, update the line

classes = ['black', 'grizzly', 'teddys']

with the classes you are expecting from your model.

Upload your customized app to GitHub

Push your customized app directory to GitHub & copy the repo URL


To begin, Open Google Cloud Dashboard, Click Create Project and then name your new GCP project. Enable billing in your new GCP project by creating a new billing account or setting an existing one. You will be shown following screen:

After creating a new project, you will be presented with GCP Dashboard page, Go to the far right corner of the page and click Activate Cloud Shell.

NOTE: If you have just sign up for a new google cloud account, it may take some minutes, before Activate Cloud Shell is enable.

A terminal window will open on the same page.

In the shell terminal, Create a google app engine application:

gcloud app create

Then choose geographical region close to you and press enter, after few minutes, it will show something like “Success! the app is now created. Please use ‘gcloud app deploy’ to deploy your first app”

Download your customized starter pack app repository from Github, for example, here is google cloud engine starter pack:

git clone

Navigate to your app directory:

cd google-app-engine

Deploy your app to Google App Engine:

gcloud app deploy

You will be presented with a screen showing “Services to deploy”, enter Y

It will take 8~10 minutes for app engine to deploy your docker based app and provide you the app URL. 

Test the URL of your working app

To see your final app open or run the following command in browser shell to launch your app in the browser:

gcloud app browse

Local testing

In case you want to run the app server locally, or make any changes to the above steps:

python app/ serve

Go to http://localhost:8080/ to test your app.

Thanks to Pankaj Mathur for this guide, and Simon Willison for sample code.