Google File Picker API with Google Drive – Working Example

The Google File Picker API lets users easily upload files to Google Drive and also select existing files and folders from Drive. The File Upload Forms for Google Drive is written in Google Apps Script and it lets users upload files to the form owner’s folder through the File Picker API.

Here’s a complete working example that shows how to integrate the File Picker API with a Google Apps Script based web app. You’d need to enable the Google Picker API from your Google Console and also generate the developer’s key.


// Server.gs
function doGet() {    
  return HtmlService
  .createTemplateFromFile("picker")
  .evaluate()
  .addMetaTag("viewport", "width=device-width, initial-scale=1")
  .setTitle("Google Drive Picker")
  .setXFrameOptionsMode(HtmlService.XFrameOptionsMode.ALLOWALL);  
}

function include(fileName) {
  return HtmlService
  .createHtmlOutputFromFile(fileName)
  .getContent();
}

function initPicker() {
  return {
    locale: 'en',
    token: ScriptApp.getOAuthToken(),
    origin: "https://script.google.com",
    parentFolder: "xyz",
    developerKey: "ctrlq.org",
    dialogDimensions: {
      width: 600, 
      height: 425
    },
    picker: {
      viewMode: "LIST",
      mineOnly: true,
      mimeTypes: "image/png,image/jpeg,image/jpg",
      multiselectEnabled: true,
      allowFolderSelect: true,
      navhidden: true,
      hideTitle: true,
      includeFolders: true,
    }
  };
}

// For Scope
// DriveApp.getStorageUsed()
// DriveApp.getFilesByName("ctrlq.org")
// picker.html
// Offers button for uploading and selecting files
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <base target="_top">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://ssl.gstatic.com/docs/script/css/add-ons1.css">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://www.google.com/jsapi"></script>
    <script>google.load("picker", "1");</script>    
  </head>
  <body style="margin:20px;">
    <div class="block form-group">
      <button onclick="openPicker()" type="button" class="btn btn-primary">Select Files</button>
      <button onclick="openUploader()" type="button" class="btn btn-primary">Upload Files</button>
      <div id="message"></div>
    </div>
    <?!= include("javascript"); ?>
  </body>
</html>

// javascript.html
<script>

function openPicker() {
  google.script.run
  .withFailureHandler(showMessage)
  .withSuccessHandler(showFilePicker)
  .initPicker();
}

function openUploader() {
  google.script.run
  .withFailureHandler(showMessage)
  .withSuccessHandler(showFileUploader)
  .initPicker();
}

function showFilePicker(config) {

  // Show all files in Google Drive for selection
  var view = new google.picker.DocsView(google.picker.ViewId.DOCS);
  
  view.setIncludeFolders(config.picker.includeFolders)
    .setSelectFolderEnabled(config.picker.allowFolderSelect)
    .setParent(config.parentFolder)
      
  // Show file as a grid or list (compact)
  if (config.picker.viewMode === "GRID") 
    view.setMode(google.picker.DocsViewMode.GRID);
  else
    view.setMode(google.picker.DocsViewMode.LIST);
  
  if (config.picker.mimeTypes) 
    view.setMimeTypes(config.picker.mimeTypes);
  
  var picker = new google.picker.PickerBuilder()
  .addView(view)
  .setLocale(config.locale)
  .setOAuthToken(config.token)
  .setDeveloperKey(config.developerKey)
  .setCallback(fileSelected)
  .setOrigin(config.origin)
  .setSize(config.dialogDimensions.width - 2,
           config.dialogDimensions.height - 2);
  
  if (config.picker.hideTitle) 
   picker.hideTitleBar();
   
  // Show files / folders owned by the user
  if (config.picker.mineOnly)
    picker.enableFeature(google.picker.Feature.MINE_ONLY);
  
  if (config.picker.navhidden)
    picker.enableFeature(google.picker.Feature.NAV_HIDDEN);
  
  // Allow uses to select multiple files / folders
  if (config.picker.multiselectEnabled)
  picker.enableFeature(google.picker.Feature.MULTISELECT_ENABLED)
  
  picker.build().setVisible(true);
  
}

function showFileUploader(config) {

  var upload = new google.picker.DocsUploadView()
  
  upload.setIncludeFolders(config.picker.allowFolderSelect)

  // allowFolderSelect and multiselectEnabled should be enabled
  // setting parent folder disables folder selection
  if (config.parentFolder) 
    upload.setParent(config.parentFolder);

  // Limit the user from uploading specific types
  if (config.picker.mimeTypes) 
    upload.setMimeTypes(config.picker.mimeTypes);
  
  var picker = new google.picker.PickerBuilder()
  .addView(upload)
  .setLocale(config.locale)
  .setOAuthToken(config.token)
  .setDeveloperKey(config.developerKey)
  .setCallback(fileSelected)
  .setOrigin(config.origin)
  .setSize(config.dialogDimensions.width - 2,
           config.dialogDimensions.height - 2);
  
  if (config.picker.hideTitle) 
   picker.hideTitleBar();
     
  if (config.picker.navhidden)
    picker.enableFeature(google.picker.Feature.NAV_HIDDEN);
  
  if (config.picker.multiselectEnabled)
    picker.enableFeature(google.picker.Feature.MULTISELECT_ENABLED)
 
  picker.build().setVisible(true);
  
}

// Callback function
function fileSelected(data) {
  var html = [];
  var action = data[google.picker.Response.ACTION];
  if (action == google.picker.Action.PICKED) {
    var documents = data[google.picker.Response.DOCUMENTS];
    for (var i = 0 ; i < documents.length ; i++) {
    html.push([
    documents[i][google.picker.Document.ID],
    documents[i][google.picker.Document.NAME],
    documents[i][google.picker.Document.MIME_TYPE],
    documents[i][google.picker.Document.URL]
    ].join("\t"));    
    }
  } else if (action == google.picker.Action.CANCEL) {
    html.push("No file selected");
  }
  showMessage(html.join("\n"));
}

function showMessage(message){
  document.getElementById("message").innerHTML = message;
}

</script>