Disable GKE Enterprise

If you no longer want to pay for GKE Enterprise, you can choose to disable GKE Enterprise in your project and immediately stop your GKE Enterprise billing. Disabling GKE Enterprise removes your entitlement to use GKE Enterprise-only features in that project. You can then decide to keep the clusters but uninstall the features, or clean up your clusters entirely to avoid incurring any further Google Cloud charges.

For more information about how to pay for GKE Enterprise, see our pricing guide.

Disabling the Anthos API

Disabling the Anthos API for a project immediately stops your GKE Enterprise pay-as-you-go billing for the relevant project. After you have disabled the API, you are no longer entitled to use most enterprise features in this project until you reenable GKE Enterprise. Installed enterprise features and your underlying workloads and clusters are not affected.

To disable the API for a project:


  1. Go to the Anthos API overview page in the Google Cloud console, ensuring the appropriate project is selected.

    Go to the Anthos API page

  2. Click Disable API.


Run the following command:

gcloud services disable anthos.googleapis.com

Cluster cleanup options

After you have disabled the API, there are two cleanup options for managing your fleet clusters.

Delete fleet clusters

This cleanup option avoids incurring further Google Cloud charges for the clusters. To delete a GKE cluster, follow the instructions for your deployment option:

Uninstall GKE Enterprise features

If you want to keep your clusters (for example, if you registered an existing GKE cluster with production workloads), you can manually uninstall or disable GKE Enterprise features.

The following guides show you how to uninstall enterprise features:

After you have uninstalled the features, you can choose to unregister the cluster from your fleet following the instructions in Unregistering a cluster. Only GKE on Google Cloud and attached third-party clusters can be unregistered.

Reenable GKE Enterprise

If you accidentally disable the Anthos API, your clusters and their workloads are still there, with GKE Enterprise features installed. This means that you can easily reenable GKE Enterprise without going through a full setup.