Google Pub/Sub

Step-by-step guide to send event data from RudderStack to Google Pub/Sub.

Google Pub/Sub is an asynchronous messaging service that allows you to decouple the services that produce events from the services that process events. With Pub/Sub, you get durable message storage as well as a real-time message delivery system. The Google Pub/Sub servers run reliably with a consistent performance in all the Google Cloud regions over the world.

RudderStack allows you to configure Google Pub/Sub as a destination and send your event data to it directly.

Getting Started

To enable sending data to Google Pub/Sub, you will first need to add it as a destination to the source from which you are sending your event data. Once the destination is enabled, events from our SDK will start flowing to Google Pub/Sub.

Connection Mode




Device mode




Cloud mode




Once you have confirmed that the platform supports sending events to Google Pub/Sub, perform the steps below:

Please follow our Adding a Source and Destination guide to add a source and destination in RudderStack.

  • Give a name to the destination and click on Next. You should then see the following screen:

Google Pub/Sub Connection Settings
  • Enter the following details:

    • Connection Settings

      • Project ID and the Credentials: Follow these steps to obtain the project ID as well as the required credentials:

        • Create a service account from Google Cloud Console.

        • You can get the Project ID when you log in to your Google Cloud Console.

        • Use the Select a role dropdown to add the Pub/Sub Publisher role.

        • Create a key as JSON and download it.

        • Paste this downloaded JSON in the Credentials field

      • Enter the Event Name as well as the corresponding Topic ID. You can get the topic id from your topics page, as shown:

Google Pub/Sub Topic ID and Name

You can send an event type like page, identify, track. For the track events you can specify the event name based on the event name in the payload.

For example:

  • If the event name is page it will send all the calls with the type page.

  • If the event name is product added , it will send all the track events with the event as product added.

If you want to send all the events to a particular stream irrespective of the type or name, you can use * as the event name.

The topic ID is case-sensitive and has to be exactly as seen in Google Pub/Sub. On the other hand, the event name is case insensitive, and thus Page or page will both be considered as valid.

  • Finally, click on Next to complete the configuration. Pub/Sub should now be added and enabled as a destination in RudderStack.


The page call contains information related to the page, such as the URL of the web page visited by the user.

For more information on the page method, please refer to our RudderStack API Specification guide.

A sample page payload is as shown in the snippet below:{
path: "path",
url: "url",
title: "title",
search: "search",
referrer: "referrer"


The identify call captures the relevant details about the visiting user.

For more information on the identify method, please refer to our RudderStack API Specification guide.

A sample identify payload is as shown in the snippet below:

rudderanalytics.identify("abc123", {
name: "FirstName LastName",
email: ""


The track call captures the information related to the actions performed by the user, along with their properties, or traits.

For more information on the track method, please refer to our RudderStack API Specification guide.

A sample track payload is as shown in the snippet below:

rudderanalytics.track("Track me", {
category: "category",
label: "label",
value: "value"


How does event mapping work with the topic ID?

  • If there is no topic ID set for an event, it will not be sent.

  • If an event is set with a topic id, the payload will be sent to Pub/Sub to that particular topic id.

If you have set all event type, event and * for mapping the priority will be given to event , then type , followed by *.

Eg. Let the type of event be track, Event name be product added. And the mapping is done as:

Then all events should go to the one mapped with product added.

Contact Us

If you come across any issues while configuring or using Google Pub/Sub with RudderStack, please feel free to contact us or start a conversation on our Discord channel. We will be happy to help you.