a link to tar up and download a snapshot
I just want to directly download an image without have to first save it to Google Cloud Storage.
Thanks, we’re considering this use case.
Mahesh Bandara Wijerathna commented
Current method is painful. Why can't you make it easy?
There is a workaround  to do this, but it is *not* what anyone would call "easy." We'd like to make it easier, and the feature request is on our backlog. As with any software development team, we unfortunately do not have infinite resources, and do our best to handle customer requests in the order that gets the most requested items done first (you can see by vote count here on UserVoice what some of those are, and there are many others too, of course). I hope we will be able to improve the export experience in the future.
Ivan the Terrible commented
Seriously as big of a company as google is and you cant get this done ! Oh the shame. It's like trying get money back out of the IRS dealing with Google on this issue. I just want an easy way to download my my instance or image whatever. Why can't it be easy.
Adding Image/Snapshot export API