Google Drive Integration

Uploads from the Google Drive API support the following types of files:

All file types are selectable. This includes audio, video, image, text, office, and compressed archive files.

Section Quick Jump:

API OAUTH Webhooks

Using the Google Drive API

  1. User selects Google Drive from services list
  2. user authenticates connection by logging into Google account
  3. user is connected and can select files from Google Drive in Filestack dialog

Google Drive api upload widget

Upload from Google Drive

Uploading or "picking" a file from Google Drive in the context of Filestack means choosing a file and creating a distributable link to that file after that file is copied to a new storage location.

Sample Upload Code
client.pick({ fromSources: ['googledrive'], }).then(result => { console.log(JSON.stringify(result.filesUploaded)) })

Create your own Google Drive OAuth application to Connect to Filestack:

By default, you do not need to configure anything to start uploading files from Google Drive, Filestack is ready to go out of the box. When a user logs into their Google Drive account from your site, the Filestack company application will show up. You can configure it so that your application shows up instead in order to make a more seamless experience for your customers. So let's get started.

This video walks through the steps listed below

  1. Go to and choose Create New Project.
  2. Once the project is created, click on "Go To Credentials". Go to the credentials page
  3. On the credentials screen select Google Drive API, Web Browser (Javascript), and User Data. Then go to the next step.
  4. Give your client a name, and then enter for Authorized Javascript Origins and for Authorized Redirect URIs. Replace and with these urls, then go to the next step.
  5. Design your oauth consent screen. This is the content your users will see when they connect to your Google Drive Application.
  6. Download your credentials
  7. In your Filestack developer portal click on Auth Keys under Credentials and scroll down to find the Google Drive App Key and App Secret. Enter your Client ID in the Gdrive App Key field and your Client Secret in the Gdrive App Secret field. Then click Save Auth Credentials at the bottom of the page.
  8. Test your Google Drive implementation by launching the filestack dialog and connecting to google drive:

Google Drive Webhooks for Your Application

Google Drive Webhooks serve the purpose of notifying users about events that occur in relation to their Filestack account. In your developer portal, you can set one or many urls whose purpose is to receive the messages triggered by specific Filestack events.

These are the three event types that will send messages to your webhook url(s) concerning Google Drive:

  • Google Drive File Uploads
  • Google Drive File Exports
  • Google Drive File Conversions

Configuring Google Drive Webhooks

Filestack Webhooks are configured in the developer portal under Credentials > Webhooks. If you enter your url and select "All", then one entry will be made for each type of Filestack Webhook Event, including the ones for Google Drive. To learn more about configuring and receiving webhooks please visit our main webhooks documentation page.

Receiving a Google Drive Webhook Notification

Configuring your server to receive a new webhook is the same as creating any page on your website. If you are using Sinatra, add a new route with the desired URL. In PHP you could create a new .php file on your server. It doesn't need to be complicated. With webhooks, your server is the server receiving the request. You can even use an external service such as RequestBin as shown in the screenshot above.

Webhook data is sent as JSON in the request's body. The full event details are included and can be used directly. The "action" in the JSON is the type of Filestack event that happened, be it a file being uploaded, or simply the Filestack dialog opening.

Filestack will retry sending a webhook 3 times if the first attempt fails. The second attempt to deliver a webhook happens 5 minutes after the first attempt, the third attempt happens after 1 hour, and the final attempt to deliver a webhook happens 12 hours after the first attempt.

Note that for file uploads, both symlinks and files copied with pickAndStore, the "client" field shows the service used.

For conversions, the "provider" shows where the file resides. If the file was stored to Filestack's storage, the provider will be "internal", otherwise it could be "amazon" if the original was stored to S3, or one of the cloud drives Filestack connects to, such as "Google Drive" if the link to the file was a symlink.

The following are examples of what the Google Drive specific webhook messages include and look like:

  1. File Upload (symlink):

  2. {
          "client":"Google Drive",

  3. File Upload (with store):

  4. {
          "client":"Google Drive",

  5. File Export (save to):

  6. {
      "action": "fp.export",
      "timestamp": 1444257665,
      "id": 142447,
        "source": "",
        "client": "Google Drive",
        "filename": "newFiletest.jpg",
        "created": ""

  7. File Conversion:

  8. {
             "provider":"Google Drive",