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Files: patch

Updates file metadata. This method supports patch semantics. Try it now or see an example.


HTTP request



Parameter name Value Description
Path parameters
fileId string The ID of the file to update.
Optional query parameters
addParents string Comma-separated list of parent IDs to add.
convert boolean This parameter is deprecated and has no function. (Default: false)
modifiedDateBehavior string Determines the behavior in which modifiedDate is updated. This overrides setModifiedDate.

Acceptable values are:
  • "fromBody": Set modifiedDate to the value provided in the body of the request. No change if no value was provided.
  • "fromBodyIfNeeded": Set modifiedDate to the value provided in the body of the request depending on other contents of the update.
  • "fromBodyOrNow": Set modifiedDate to the value provided in the body of the request, or to the current time if no value was provided.
  • "noChange": Maintain the previous value of modifiedDate.
  • "now": Set modifiedDate to the current time.
  • "nowIfNeeded": Set modifiedDate to the current time depending on contents of the update.
newRevision boolean Whether a blob upload should create a new revision. If false, the blob data in the current head revision is replaced. If true or not set, a new blob is created as head revision, and previous unpinned revisions are preserved for a short period of time. Pinned revisions are stored indefinitely, using additional storage quota, up to a maximum of 200 revisions. For details on how revisions are retained, see the Drive Help Center. (Default: true)
ocr boolean Whether to attempt OCR on .jpg, .png, .gif, or .pdf uploads. (Default: false)
ocrLanguage string If ocr is true, hints at the language to use. Valid values are BCP 47 codes.
pinned boolean Whether to pin the new revision. A file can have a maximum of 200 pinned revisions. (Default: false)
removeParents string Comma-separated list of parent IDs to remove.
setModifiedDate boolean Whether to set the modified date using the value supplied in the request body. Setting this field to true is equivalent to modifiedDateBehavior=fromBodyOrNow, and false is equivalent to modifiedDateBehavior=now. To prevent any changes to the modified date set modifiedDateBehavior=noChange. (Default: false)
supportsTeamDrives boolean Whether the requesting application supports Team Drives. (Default: false)
timedTextLanguage string The language of the timed text.
timedTextTrackName string The timed text track name.
updateViewedDate boolean Whether to update the view date after successfully updating the file. (Default: true)
useContentAsIndexableText boolean Whether to use the content as indexable text. (Default: false)

Request body

In the request body, supply the relevant portions of a Files resource, according to the rules of patch semantics.


If successful, this method returns a Files resource in the response body.


Note: The code examples available for this method do not represent all supported programming languages (see the client libraries page for a list of supported languages).


Uses the Java client library.


// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

   * Rename a file.
   * @param service Drive API service instance.
   * @param fileId ID of the file to rename.
   * @param newTitle New title for the file.
   * @return Updated file metadata if successful, {@code null} otherwise.
  private static File renameFile(Drive service, String fileId, String newTitle) {
    try {
      File file = new File();

      // Rename the file.
      Files.Patch patchRequest = service.files().patch(fileId, file);

      File updatedFile = patchRequest.execute();
      return updatedFile;
    } catch (IOException e) {
      System.out.println("An error occurred: " + e);
      return null;

  // ...


Uses the .NET client library.

using Google.Apis.Drive.v2;
using Google.Apis.Drive.v2.Data;

// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

  /// <summary>
  /// Rename a file.
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="service">Drive API service instance.</param>
  /// <param name="fileId">ID of the file to rename.</param>
  /// <param name="newTitle">New title for the file.</param>
  /// <returns>Updated file metadata, null is returned if an API error occurred.</returns>
  private static File renameFile(DriveService service, String fileId, String newTitle) {
      try {
          File file = new File();
          file.Title = newTitle;

          // Rename the file.
          FilesResource.PatchRequest request = service.Files.Patch(file, fileId);
          File updatedFile = request.Execute();

          return updatedFile;
      } catch (Exception e) {
          Console.WriteLine("An error occurred: " + e.Message);
          return null;




Uses the PHP client library.

 * Rename a file.
 * @param Google_Service_Drive $service Drive API service instance.
 * @param string $fileId ID of the file to rename.
 * @param string $newTitle New title for the file.
 * @return Google_Service_Drive_DriveFile The updated file. NULL is returned if
 *     an API error occurred.
function renameFile($service, $fileId, $newTitle) {
  try {
    $file = new Google_Service_Drive_DriveFile();

    $updatedFile = $service->files->patch($fileId, $file, array(
      'fields' => 'title'

    return $updatedFile;
  } catch (Exception $e) {
    print "An error occurred: " . $e->getMessage();


Uses the Python client library.

from apiclient import errors
# ...

def rename_file(service, file_id, new_title):
  """Rename a file.

    service: Drive API service instance.
    file_id: ID of the file to rename.
    new_title: New title for the file.
    Updated file metadata if successful, None otherwise.
    file = {'title': new_title}

    # Rename the file.
    updated_file = service.files().patch(

    return updated_file
  except errors.HttpError, error:
    print 'An error occurred: %s' % error
    return None


Uses the JavaScript client library.

 * Rename a file.
 * @param {String} fileId <span style="font-size: 13px; ">ID of the file to rename.</span><br> * @param {String} newTitle New title for the file.
function renameFile(fileId, newTitle) {
  var body = {'title': newTitle};
  var request ={
    'fileId': fileId,
    'resource': body
  request.execute(function(resp) {
    console.log('New Title: ' + resp.title);


Uses the Go client library.

import (

// RenameFile renames a given file to a given title
func RenameFile(d *drive.Service, fileId string,
    title string) (*drive.File, error) {
  f := &drive.File{Title: title}
  r, err := d.Files.Patch(fileId, f).Do()
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("An error occurred: %v\n", err)
    return nil, err
  return r, nil


Uses the Objective-C client library.

#import "GTLDrive.h"
// ...

+ (void)renameFileWithService:(GTLServiceDrive *)service
                       fileId:(NSString *)fileId
                     newTitle:(NSString *)newTitle
              completionBlock:(void (^)(GTLDriveFile *, NSError *))completionBlock {
  GTLDriveFile *file = [GTLDriveFile object];
  file.title = newTitle;

  GTLQueryDrive *query = [GTLQueryDrive queryForFilesPatchWithObject:file
  // queryTicket can be used to track the status of the request.
  GTLServiceTicket *queryTicket =
    [service executeQuery:query
        completionHandler:^(GTLServiceTicket *ticket, GTLDriveFile *updatedFile,
                            NSError *error) {
        if (error == nil) {
          completionBlock(updatedFile, nil);
        } else {
          NSLog(@"An error occurred: %@", error);
          completionBlock(nil, error);

// ...

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