Phu Nguyen Phu Nguyen - 2 months ago 51
Javascript Question

How to use Google Drive API to download files with Javascript

I want to download files from google drive with javascript API. I have managed to authenticate and load list of files using

gapi.client.drive.files
request. However, I stuck at downloading those files.

My attempt to download the file:

var request = gapi.client.drive.files.get({
fileId:id,
alt:'media'
});
request.execute(function(resp){
console.log(resp);
});


I have these errors when trying to run the above:

(403) The user has not granted the app 336423653212 read access to the file 0B0UFTVo1BFVmeURrWnpDSloxQlE.

(400) Bad Request


I recognize that the files which aren't google drive file (google doc, google slide) return the 403 error.

I am new to this. Any help and answer is really appreciated.

Update 0

From Google Drive documentation about Handling API Error, here is part of the explanation for
400 errors



This can mean that a required field or parameter has not been provided, the
value supplied is invalid, or the combination of provided fields is
invalid.


This is because I have
alt:'media'
in my parameter object.


I tried
gapi.client.drive.files.export
, but it doesn't work either and it returns
(403) Insufficient Permission
although my Google Drive account has the edit permission for those files. Here is my code:

var request = gapi.client.drive.files.get({
fileId:element.id,
});
request.then(function(resp){
console.log(resp.result);
type = resp.result.mimeType;
id = resp.result.id;
var request = gapi.client.drive.files.export({
fileId:id,
mimeType:type
})
request.execute(function(resp){
console.log(resp);
});
});


Update 1

Based on abielita's answer, I have tried to make an authorized HTTP request but it doesn't download the file. It actually returns the file information in
response
and
responseText
attribute in the
XMLHttpRequest
object.

function test() {
var accessToken = gapi.auth.getToken().access_token;
var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr.open("GET", "https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files/"+'1A1RguZpYFLyO9qEs-EnnrpikIpzAbDcZs3Gcsc7Z4nE', true);
xhr.setRequestHeader('Authorization','Bearer '+accessToken);
xhr.onload = function(){
console.log(xhr);
}
xhr.send('alt=media');
}


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I found out that I can actually retrieve URLs of all those files from the folder using files'
webViewLink
or
webViewContent
attributes. A file which is from Google Drive type (Google Doc, Google Sheet, etc...) will have
webViewLink
attribute and a non Google Drive type file will have
webContentLink
. The
webViewLink
will open the file in Google Drive and the
webContentLink
will download the file. My code:

var request = gapi.client.drive.files.list({
q:"'0Bz9_vPIAWUcSWWo0UHptQ005cnM' in parents", //folder ID
'fields': "files(id, name, webContentLink, webViewLink)"
});
request.execute(function(resp) {
console.log(resp);
}

Answer

Based from this documentation, if you're using alt=media, you need to make an authorized HTTP GET request to the file's resource URL and include the query parameter alt=media.

GET https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files/0B9jNhSvVjoIVM3dKcGRKRmVIOVU?alt=media
Authorization: Bearer ya29.AHESVbXTUv5mHMo3RYfmS1YJonjzzdTOFZwvyOAUVhrs

Check here the examples of performing a file download with our Drive API client libraries.

String fileId = "0BwwA4oUTeiV1UVNwOHItT0xfa2M";
OutputStream outputStream = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
driveService.files().get(fileId)
        .executeMediaAndDownloadTo(outputStream);

For the error (403) Insufficient Permission, maybe this is a problem with your access token, not with your project configuration.

The insufficient permissions error is returned when you have not requested the scopes you need when you retrieved your access token. You can check which scopes you have requested by passing your access_token to this endpoint: https://www.googleapis.com/oauth2/v1/tokeninfo?access_token=ACCESS_TOKEN

Check these links:

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