Configure and use Tidal Tools from the Google Cloud Marketplace

Using Tidal Tools you can easily discover and assess your applications and their infrastructure. You can get started and rapidly capture what technologies are in use, on which networks and with what DNS configuration.

Deploying Tidal Tools from the GCP Marketplace

  1. Starting at the Tidal Tools page in Google Cloud Marketplace, click the Launch button:

  2. In the deployment section, enter your preferred zone and machine time, or use the defaults. Click Deploy:

  3. GCP will deploy a VM Instance in your account, once it is done, you can access it via the SSH option:

  4. Once logged into the VM instance you can run Tidal Tools, with the tidal command:

Using Tidal Tools

Tidal Tools is used as a command-line interface (CLI) application. To verify and use Tidal Tools, connect to your Tidal Tools GCP Virtual Machine (VM), via SSH, and run the following command:


The output from the above command should list all the available Tidal Tools subcommands.

Running tidal help <subcommand> (change <subcommand> with the actual subcommand from the list) will show more information about that subcommand.

A useful first step can be to setup shell completion with Tidal Tools, by running:

echo "source <(tidal completion bash)" >> ~/.bashrc

Some of the subcommands, for example tidal analyze web, work independently and immediately provide results. While some other subcommands, for example tidal analyze code, require access to the Tidal API.

To see what you can do with tidal, checkout some of our other articles about creating sync jobs or analyzing your applications via their URLs.


If you are having problems related to Tidal Tools, the following tips should help you getting things working. If you still need help feel free to reach out to us directly and we would be happy to help.