Display the Google picker

The Google picker is a "File Open" dialog for the information stored on Google servers. You can use the Google Picker API to enable users to open or upload Google Drive files.

Figure 1 shows the Google Picker.

Picker dialog
Figure 1. Google Picker.

The Google Picker API is separate from the Google Drive API. For more information, refer to Google Picker API.


The following picker example illustrates an image selector/uploader page that could be opened from an Open or Upload Drive files button in a web app. This example demonstrates how to set the AppId value, and incorporates some useful picker features such as enabling multi-select, hiding the navigation pane, and choosing the user account with the app's current OAuth 2.0 token:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <title>Google Picker Example</title>

    <script type="text/javascript">

    // The Browser API key obtained from the Google API Console.
    // Replace with your own Browser API key, or your own key.
    var developerKey = 'xxxxxxxYYYYYYYY-12345678';

    // The Client ID obtained from the Google API Console. Replace with your own Client ID.
    var clientId = "1234567890-abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.apps.googleusercontent.com"

    // Replace with your own project number from console.developers.google.com.
    // See "Project number" under "IAM & Admin" > "Settings"
    var appId = "1234567890";

    // Scope to use to access user's Drive items.
    var scope = ['https://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive.file'];

    var pickerApiLoaded = false;
    var oauthToken;

    // Use the Google API Loader script to load the google.picker script.
    function loadPicker() {
      gapi.load('auth', {'callback': onAuthApiLoad});
      gapi.load('picker', {'callback': onPickerApiLoad});

    function onAuthApiLoad() {
            'client_id': clientId,
            'scope': scope,
            'immediate': false

    function onPickerApiLoad() {
      pickerApiLoaded = true;

    function handleAuthResult(authResult) {
      if (authResult && !authResult.error) {
        oauthToken = authResult.access_token;

    // Create and render a Picker object for searching images.
    function createPicker() {
      if (pickerApiLoaded && oauthToken) {
        var view = new google.picker.View(google.picker.ViewId.DOCS);
        var picker = new google.picker.PickerBuilder()
            .addView(new google.picker.DocsUploadView())

    // A simple callback implementation.
    function pickerCallback(data) {
      if (data.action == google.picker.Action.PICKED) {
        var fileId = data.docs[0].id;
        alert('The user selected: ' + fileId);
    <div id="result"></div>

    <!-- The Google API Loader script. -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/api.js?onload=loadPicker"></script>

The AppId and the client ID, used for authorizing access to a user's files, must be contained in the same app. Within the API Console, AppId can be identified as the "Project number" on the "IAM & Admin" > "Settings" page, in the developer console.

Important:The setOAuthToken function allows an app to use the current auth token to determine which Google account the picker uses to display the files. If a user is signed into multiple Google accounts, this allows the picker to display the files of the appropriate authorized account.

After obtaining the file ID from the picker when opening files, an application can then fetch the file metadata and download the file content as described in the reference documentation for files.get.