Node.js quickstart

Quickstarts explain how to set up and run an app that calls a Google Workspace API.

Google Workspace quickstarts use the API client libraries to handle some details of the authentication and authorization flow. We recommend that you use the client libraries for your own apps. This quickstart uses a simplified authentication approach that is appropriate for a testing environment. For a production environment, we recommend learning about authentication and authorization before choosing the access credentials that are appropriate for your app.

Create a Node.js command-line application that makes requests to the Google Calendar API.


  • Set up your environment.
  • Install the client library.
  • Set up the sample.
  • Run the sample.


To run this quickstart, you need the following prerequisites:

  • A Google account with Google Calendar enabled.

Set up your environment

To complete this quickstart, set up your environment.

Enable the API

Before using Google APIs, you need to turn them on in a Google Cloud project. You can turn on one or more APIs in a single Google Cloud project.
  • In the Google Cloud console, enable the Google Calendar API.

    Enable the API

If you're using a new Google Cloud project to complete this quickstart, configure the OAuth consent screen and add yourself as a test user. If you've already completed this step for your Cloud project, skip to the next section.

  1. In the Google Cloud console, go to Menu > APIs & Services > OAuth consent screen.

    Go to OAuth consent screen

  2. For User type select Internal, then click Create.
  3. Complete the app registration form, then click Save and Continue.
  4. For now, you can skip adding scopes and click Save and Continue. In the future, when you create an app for use outside of your Google Workspace organization, you must change the User type to External, and then, add the authorization scopes that your app requires.

  5. Review your app registration summary. To make changes, click Edit. If the app registration looks OK, click Back to Dashboard.

Authorize credentials for a desktop application

To authenticate end users and access user data in your app, you need to create one or more OAuth 2.0 Client IDs. A client ID is used to identify a single app to Google's OAuth servers. If your app runs on multiple platforms, you must create a separate client ID for each platform.
  1. In the Google Cloud console, go to Menu > APIs & Services > Credentials.

    Go to Credentials

  2. Click Create Credentials > OAuth client ID.
  3. Click Application type > Desktop app.
  4. In the Name field, type a name for the credential. This name is only shown in the Google Cloud console.
  5. Click Create. The OAuth client created screen appears, showing your new Client ID and Client secret.
  6. Click OK. The newly created credential appears under OAuth 2.0 Client IDs.
  7. Save the downloaded JSON file as credentials.json, and move the file to your working directory.

Install the client library

  • Install the libraries using npm:

    npm install googleapis@105 @google-cloud/local-auth@2.1.0 --save

Set up the sample

  1. In your working directory, create a file named index.js.

  2. In the file, paste the following code:

    const fs = require('fs').promises;
    const path = require('path');
    const process = require('process');
    const {authenticate} = require('@google-cloud/local-auth');
    const {google} = require('googleapis');
    // If modifying these scopes, delete token.json.
    const SCOPES = [''];
    // The file token.json stores the user's access and refresh tokens, and is
    // created automatically when the authorization flow completes for the first
    // time.
    const TOKEN_PATH = path.join(process.cwd(), 'token.json');
    const CREDENTIALS_PATH = path.join(process.cwd(), 'credentials.json');
     * Reads previously authorized credentials from the save file.
     * @return {Promise<OAuth2Client|null>}
    async function loadSavedCredentialsIfExist() {
      try {
        const content = await fs.readFile(TOKEN_PATH);
        const credentials = JSON.parse(content);
        return google.auth.fromJSON(credentials);
      } catch (err) {
        return null;
     * Serializes credentials to a file compatible with GoogleAuth.fromJSON.
     * @param {OAuth2Client} client
     * @return {Promise<void>}
    async function saveCredentials(client) {
      const content = await fs.readFile(CREDENTIALS_PATH);
      const keys = JSON.parse(content);
      const key = keys.installed || keys.web;
      const payload = JSON.stringify({
        type: 'authorized_user',
        client_id: key.client_id,
        client_secret: key.client_secret,
        refresh_token: client.credentials.refresh_token,
      await fs.writeFile(TOKEN_PATH, payload);
     * Load or request or authorization to call APIs.
    async function authorize() {
      let client = await loadSavedCredentialsIfExist();
      if (client) {
        return client;
      client = await authenticate({
        scopes: SCOPES,
        keyfilePath: CREDENTIALS_PATH,
      if (client.credentials) {
        await saveCredentials(client);
      return client;
     * Lists the next 10 events on the user's primary calendar.
     * @param {google.auth.OAuth2} auth An authorized OAuth2 client.
    async function listEvents(auth) {
      const calendar = google.calendar({version: 'v3', auth});
      const res = await{
        calendarId: 'primary',
        timeMin: new Date().toISOString(),
        maxResults: 10,
        singleEvents: true,
        orderBy: 'startTime',
      const events =;
      if (!events || events.length === 0) {
        console.log('No upcoming events found.');
      console.log('Upcoming 10 events:');, i) => {
        const start = event.start.dateTime ||;
        console.log(`${start} - ${event.summary}`);

Run the sample

  1. In your working directory, run the sample:

    node .
  1. The first time you run the sample, it prompts you to authorize access:
    1. If you're not already signed in to your Google Account, sign in when prompted. If you're signed in to multiple accounts, select one account to use for authorization.
    2. Click Accept.

    Your Nodejs application runs and calls the Google Calendar API.

    Authorization information is stored in the file system, so the next time you run the sample code, you aren't prompted for authorization.

Next steps