Step 3: Create and scan a Cloud Environment for Google (API)

Recap You have created the Google service account for Snyk. Now you can create and scan a Cloud Environment.

To send a request to the Snyk API to create and scan a Cloud Environment, you must provide the Google service account's email address and your project ID in the API request body.

Send the Snyk API request

Send a request to the Snyk API in the format below to create the Cloud Environment:

curl -X POST \
'' \
-H 'Authorization: token YOUR-API-TOKEN' \
-H 'Content-Type:application/vnd.api+json' -d '{
  "data": {
    "type": "environments",
    "attributes": {
      "options": {
        "identity_provider": "YOUR-IDENTITY-PPROVIDER-URL"
        "service_account_email": "YOUR-SERVICE-ACCOUNT-EMAIL",
        "project_id": "YOUR-PROJECT-ID"
      "kind": "google"

The preceding example is curl, but you can use any API client, such as Postman or HTTPie.

Understand the API response

The response is a JSON document containing details about your newly created Cloud Environment, for example:

  "jsonapi": {
    "version": "1.0"
  "data": {
    "id": "c61079b9-7260-4b2f-1234-abcd1234abcd",
    "type": "environment",
    "attributes": {
      "name": "my-project-demo",
      "options": {
        "project_id": "my-project-demo",
        "service_account_email": ""
      "native_id": "my-project-demo",
      "properties": {
        "project_id": "my-project-demo",
        "project_name": "my-project-demo",
        "project_number": "123456789012"
      "kind": "google",
      "revision": 1,
      "created_at": "2022-10-13T20:45:19Z",
      "status": "in_progress",
      "updated_at": "2022-10-13T20:45:19Z"
    "relationships": {
      "organization": {
        "data": {
          "id": "d70c1768-5675-0000-1234-abcd1234abcd",
          "type": "organization"
        "links": {
          "related": "/orgs/d70c1768-5675-0000-1234-abcd1234abcd?version=2022-12-21~beta"

Snyk automatically triggers a scan when an environment is created.

The data.attributes.status field in the JSON output is set to in_progress. This means that Snyk has created your environment and has started scanning it.

To check to see if your scan is finished, see Check to see if the scan is finished.

To re-scan an environment, see Scan a Cloud environment.

It can take Google 60 seconds or more to create your service account. If you try to create an environment immediately after you create a service account and you receive a could not validate credentials error, wait at least 60 seconds and try again.

What's next?

You can now do the following:

  • View the cloud configuration issues Snyk finds. See Cloud and IaC+ issues.

  • Prioritize your vulnerabilities with cloud context.

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