About Drive Apps

Drive-enabled applications can leverage Google Drive to help users create, organize, discover, and share content.

Create and open files directly from the Drive UI

Your app can appear along with other apps in the Drive UI, letting users choose it to create or open documents with your app.

After users have installed a Drive app and authorized its access to their files, the app is displayed in the Google Drive contextual Open with menu for files of the assigned MIME types. For example, users can select an application from a menu like the following:

Open with menu

Users can open certain file types with a certain Drive app by default, provided that the app has registered the correct MIME type or file extension for default access. For more information, see Setting default and secondary MIME types and file extensions.

The Create menu in Google Drive lets users create a new file using any app that is installed and that supports UI integration. To create a new file using an application, a user can just click on the corresponding icon in the Create menu as shown:

Create New menu

For more information about implementing this functionality for your application, see Open files and Create a new file from the Drive UI.

Custom thumbnails and metadata

While Drive can automatically generate thumbnails and index most popular file formats for search, proprietary formats are covered too. Your app can provide a custom thumbnail and extracted text to index when it creates or saves a file.

For more information, see the file metadata guide.

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