Standalone Scripts

A standalone script is any script that is not bound to a Google Sheets, Docs, or Forms file or Google Sites. These scripts appear among your files in Google Drive.

Creating a standalone script

The easiest way to create a standalone script is to visit script.google.com. If this is the first time you've been to script.google.com, you'll be redirected to a page that introduces Apps Script. In that case, click Start Scripting to proceed to the script editor.

Alternatively, you can create standalone scripts from Google Drive after a few steps of setup:

  1. Go to Google Drive and click New > More > Connect more apps.
  2. When the "Connect apps to Drive" window appears, type "script" into the search box and press Enter.
  3. Click Connect next to the listing for Google Apps Script.

Now that you've connected the app, you can create a script by selecting New > More > Google Apps Script.

Running a standalone script

After writing a script, there are two ways to run a function from the script editor:

  • Select the Run menu, followed by the name of the function you want to execute.
  • Choose the name of the function you want to execute from the select box in the toolbar, then click ▶.

Using a standalone script

Many standalone scripts are utility scripts — for example, to search your Google Drive for old files whose name contains "untitled" so that you can delete them.

A standalone script can also be deployed as a web app or set up to run automatically from an installable trigger.

Finally, it is now possible for add-ons to be published from standalone scripts.

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