Permissions: list

Requires authorization

Lists a file's permissions. Try it now or see an example.


HTTP request



Parameter name Value Description
Path parameters
fileId string The ID for the file.


This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes (read more about authentication and authorization).


Request body

Do not supply a request body with this method.


If successful, this method returns a response body with the following structure:

  "kind": "drive#permissionList",
  "etag": etag,
  "selfLink": string,
  "items": [
    permissions Resource
Property name Value Description Notes
kind string This is always drive#permissionList.
etag etag The ETag of the list.
items[] list The actual list of permissions.


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.


import java.util.List;

// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

   * Retrieve a list of permissions.
   * @param service Drive API service instance.
   * @param fileId ID of the file to retrieve permissions for.
   * @return List of permissions.
  private static List<Permission> retrievePermissions(Drive service,
      String fileId) {
    try {
      PermissionList permissions = service.permissions().list(fileId).execute();
      return permissions.getItems();
    } 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;

using System.Collections.Generic;
// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

  /// <summary>
  /// Retrieve a list of permissions.
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="service">Drive API service instance.</param>
  /// <param name="fileId">ID of the file to retrieve permissions for.</param>
  /// <returns>List of permissions.</returns>
  public static IList<Permission> RetrievePermissions(DriveService service, String fileId) {
    try {
      PermissionList permissions = service.Permissions.List(fileId).Execute();
      return permissions.Items;
    } catch (Exception e) {
      Console.WriteLine("An error occurred: " + e.Message);
    return null;

  // ...



Uses the PHP client library.

 * Retrieve a list of permissions.
 * @param Google_Service_Drive $service Drive API service instance.
 * @param String $fileId ID of the file to retrieve permissions for.
 * @return Array List of permissions.
function retrievePermissions($service, $fileId) {
  try {
    $permissions = $service->permissions->listPermissions($fileId);
    return $permissions->getItems();
  } catch (Exception $e) {
    print "An error occurred: " . $e->getMessage();
  return NULL;


Uses the Python client library.

from apiclient import errors
# ...

def retrieve_permissions(service, file_id):
  """Retrieve a list of permissions.

    service: Drive API service instance.
    file_id: ID of the file to retrieve permissions for.
    List of permissions.
    permissions = service.permissions().list(fileId=file_id).execute()
    return permissions.get('items', [])
  except errors.HttpError, error:
    print 'An error occurred: %s' % error
  return None


Uses the JavaScript client library.

 * Retrieve a list of permissions.
 * @param {String} fileId ID of the file to retrieve permissions for.
 * @param {Function} callback Function to call when the request is complete.
function retrievePermissions(fileId, callback) {
  var request ={
    'fileId': fileId
  request.execute(function(resp) {


Uses the Go client library.

import (

// AllPermissions fetches all permissions for a given file
func AllPermissions(d *drive.Service, fileId string) ([]*drive.Permission, error) {
  r, err := d.Permissions.List(fileId).Do()
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("An error occurred: %v\n", err)
    return nil, err
  return r.Items, nil


Uses the Objective-C client library.

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

+ (void)retrievePermissionsWithService:(GTLServiceDrive *)service
                                fileId:(NSString *)fileId
                       completionBlock:(void (^)(NSArray *, NSError *))completionBlock {
  GTLQueryDrive *query =
    [GTLQueryDrive queryForPermissionsListWithFileId:fileId];
  // queryTicket can be used to track the status of the request.
  GTLServiceTicket *queryTicket =
    [service executeQuery:query
        completionHandler:^(GTLServiceTicket *ticket,
                            GTLDrivePermissionList *permissions, NSError *error) {
          if (error == nil) {
            completionBlock(permissions.items, nil);
          } else {
            NSLog(@"An error occurred: %@", error);
            completionBlock(nil, error);

// ...

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