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Subject [jira] [Commented] (LIBCLOUD-657) Update Google auth to support new JSON key format
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:43:34 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on LIBCLOUD-657:

GitHub user erjohnso opened a pull request:

    [google compute] LIBCLOUD-657 add support for JSON private key format

    Google has introduced a new JSON formatted private key for Service Accounts.  This PR
adds support for the new format along with some improved handling of files vs strings for
the key value.  Docs have been updated to inform users Google prefers the JSON format versus
legacy P12 format.
    /cc @windo - This PR also includes the patch from Siim Poder via [LIBCLOUD-627](
to fix auth with Python 3.
    Manual testing was done for the various file formats and using Python 2.7 and 3.2.
    /cc @carlcrott since I broke you last time I touched GCE auth and if I do it again, he'll
give me a :facepunch: 

You can merge this pull request into a Git repository by running:

    $ git pull LIBCLOUD-657_google_json_auth

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    This closes #438
commit bca920d19282c12eb60f0e71e87dfeab1e4b1607
Author: Eric Johnson <>
Date:   2015-01-23T22:32:26Z

    [google compute] add support for JSON private key format


> Update Google auth to support new JSON key format
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LIBCLOUD-657
>                 URL:
>             Project: Libcloud
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Compute
>            Reporter: Eric Johnson
>            Assignee: Eric Johnson
> Google introduced a new Service Account key format (JSON) and over time this will likely
become the preferred format. We should begin by supporting this new format soon. If Google
does make this the default, we may want to follow-up and issue a (debug | info) warning to
users relying on P12 format.
> AFAIK, there is no clear documentation on this format. However, if you open up the Developers
Console and look under "APIs & Auth" -> "Credentials", you'll see the "Generate New
JSON Key" button next to any existing Service Accounts (or be given the option to create one
with a new SA).

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