Google Drive API made easy. Maintained fork of PyDrive.

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pip install PyDrive2==1.19.0


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PyDrive2 is a wrapper library of google-api-python-client that simplifies many common Google Drive API V2 tasks. It is an actively maintained fork of By the authors and maintainers of the Git for Data - DVC project.

Project Info

Features of PyDrive2

  • Simplifies OAuth2.0 into just few lines with flexible settings.
  • Wraps Google Drive API V2 into classes of each resource to make your program more object-oriented.
  • Helps common operations else than API calls, such as content fetching and pagination control.
  • Provides fsspec filesystem implementation.

How to install

You can install PyDrive2 with regular pip command.

$ pip install PyDrive2

To install the current development version from GitHub, use:

$  pip install git+

OAuth made easy

Download client_secrets.json from Google API Console and OAuth2.0 is done in two lines. You can customize behavior of OAuth2 in one settings file settings.yaml.

from pydrive2.auth import GoogleAuth
from import GoogleDrive

gauth = GoogleAuth()

drive = GoogleDrive(gauth)

File management made easy

Upload/update the file with one method. PyDrive2 will do it in the most efficient way.

file1 = drive.CreateFile({'title': 'Hello.txt'})
file1.Upload() # Files.insert()

file1['title'] = 'HelloWorld.txt'  # Change title of the file
file1.Upload() # Files.patch()

content = file1.GetContentString()  # 'Hello'
file1.SetContentString(content+' World!')  # 'Hello World!'
file1.Upload() # Files.update()

file2 = drive.CreateFile()
print('Created file %s with mimeType %s' % (file2['title'],
# Created file hello.png with mimeType image/png

file3 = drive.CreateFile({'id': file2['id']})
print('Downloading file %s from Google Drive' % file3['title']) # 'hello.png'
file3.GetContentFile('world.png')  # Save Drive file as a local file

# or download Google Docs files in an export format provided.
# downloading a docs document as an html file:
docsfile.GetContentFile('test.html', mimetype='text/html')

File listing pagination made easy

PyDrive2 handles file listing pagination for you.

# Auto-iterate through all files that matches this query
file_list = drive.ListFile({'q': "'root' in parents"}).GetList()
for file1 in file_list:
    print('title: {}, id: {}'.format(file1['title'], file1['id']))

# Paginate file lists by specifying number of max results
for file_list in drive.ListFile({'maxResults': 10}):
    print('Received {} files from Files.list()'.format(len(file_list))) # <= 10
    for file1 in file_list:
        print('title: {}, id: {}'.format(file1['title'], file1['id']))

Fsspec filesystem

PyDrive2 provides easy way to work with your files through fsspec compatible GDriveFileSystem.

from pydrive2.fs import GDriveFileSystem

fs = GDriveFileSystem("root", client_id=my_id, client_secret=my_secret)

for root, dnames, fnames in fs.walk(""):

Concurrent access made easy

All API functions made to be thread-safe.


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