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IAP Desktop is a Windows application that provides zero-trust Remote Desktop and SSH access to Linux and Windows VMs on Google Cloud.


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IAP Desktop

IAP Desktop is a Remote Desktop and SSH client that lets you connect to your Google Cloud VM instances from anywhere.

x86 (32-bit) | x64 (64-bit). For Windows 11/10/8.1. No admin rights required.

Access Linux and Windows VMs from anywhere

IAP Desktop uses Identity-Aware-Proxy (IAP) to connect to VM instances so that you can:

  • Connect to VM instances that don’t have a public IP address
  • Connect from anywhere over the internet

Together, IAP Desktop and Identity-Aware-Proxy (IAP) let you apply zero-trust security to your VMs:

The application automatically manages IAP TCP tunnels for you, and protects them so that no other users or programs can access them.

Connect to Windows VMs with Remote Desktop

IAP Desktop is a full-featured Remote Desktop client that lets you:

  • Use multiple Remote Desktop sessions at the same time
  • Switch between full-screen and tabbed Remote Desktop sessions
  • Upload and download files over SFTP

To help you authenticate to Windows VMs, IAP Desktop can:

  • Automatically generate Windows credentials by using the Compute Engine guest agent environment
  • Encrypt and store your Windows credentials locally

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Connect to Linux VMs with SSH

IAP Desktop includes an SSH client and terminal so that you can:

  • Use multiple SSH sessions in parallel, and switch between them using tabs
  • Upload and download files using SFTP

To help you authenticate to Linux VMs, IAP Desktop can:

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Manage VMs across projects

IAP Desktop gives you a consolidated view of your VMs and lets you:

  • Connect to VMs across multiple projects and Google Cloud organizations
  • View diagnostics information such as logs and serial port output
  • Remotely join a VM to Active Directory
  • Perform other common operations such as starting or stopping VMs

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Connect to SQL Server and other server applications

You can use IAP Desktop to let client applications connect to your Google Cloud VMs through IAP: Right-click a VM, select the application to launch, and IAP Desktop automatically connects the application through an IAP TCP forwarding tunnel.

Supported client applications include:

Learn more about IAP Desktop

Get started

Use the tool windows

Customize IAP Desktop

Administer IAP Desktop

IAP Desktop is an open-source project developed and maintained by the Google Cloud Solutions Architects team. The project is not an officially supported Google product.

All files in this repository are under the Apache License, Version 2.0 unless noted otherwise.