Google Drive SDK

Quickstart: Run a Drive app in .NET

Complete the steps described in the rest of this page, and in about five minutes you'll have a simple Drive app that uploads a file to Google Drive. If you like, you can view a video of Google engineers guiding you through the steps.

To run a quickstart example you'll need:

  • Access to the internet and a web browser, in order to authorize the sample app.
  • A Google account with Drive enabled.
  • An environment to run programs in your selected language.

Step 1: Enable the Drive API

If you haven't already registered your application with the Google Developers Console, then set up a project and application in the Developers Console. The system guides you through the process of choosing or creating a project and registering a new application, and it automatically activates the API for you.

If you've already registered your application with the Developers Console, then follow this procedure instead:

  1. Go to the Google Developers Console.
  2. Select a project.
  3. In the sidebar on the left, select APIs & auth. In the list of APIs, make sure the status is ON for the Drive API.
  4. In the sidebar on the left, select Credentials.

In either case, you end up on the application's credentials page.

To find your application's client ID and client secret, and set a redirect URI, expand the OAuth 2.0 Client ID section.

Take note of the Client ID as you'll need to add it to your code later.

Step 2: Install the Google Client Library

Install the Drive API NuGet package.

Step 3: Set up the sample

You'll need to create two files: a test file to upload to Drive (in this case document.txt), and the given sample code, modified to include the unique Client ID and Client Secret you created in the "Enable the Drive API" step.

  1. Create a text file named document.txt, containing the text Hello world!. The file must be in the same location as the source code you paste from below. If you are using .NET with an IDE, it is important that document.txt be in your project.
  2. After following the directions below to copy source code, replace YOUR_CLIENT_ID with the Client ID you generated in the "Enable the Drive API" step.
  3. Replace YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET with your Client Secret, also generated previously.

Copy the following source code to quickstart.cs.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

using Google;
using Google.Apis.Auth.OAuth2;
using Google.Apis.Drive.v2;
using Google.Apis.Drive.v2.Data;
using Google.Apis.Services;

namespace GoogleDriveSamples
    class DriveCommandLineSample
        static void Main(string[] args)
            UserCredential credential = GoogleWebAuthorizationBroker.AuthorizeAsync(
                new ClientSecrets
                    ClientId = "CLIENT_ID_HERE",
                    ClientSecret = "CLIENT_SECRET_HERE",
                new[] { DriveService.Scope.Drive },

            // Create the service.
            var service = new DriveService(new BaseClientService.Initializer()
                HttpClientInitializer = credential,
                ApplicationName = "Drive API Sample",

            File body = new File();
            body.Title = "My document";
            body.Description = "A test document";
            body.MimeType = "text/plain";

            byte[] byteArray = System.IO.File.ReadAllBytes("document.txt");
            System.IO.MemoryStream stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream(byteArray);

            FilesResource.InsertMediaUpload request = service.Files.Insert(body, stream, "text/plain");

            File file = request.ResponseBody;
            Console.WriteLine("File id: " + file.Id);
            Console.WriteLine("Press Enter to end this process.");

Step 4: Run the sample

After you have set up your Google API project, installed the Google API client library, and set up the sample source code, the sample is ready to run.

When you finish these steps, the sample prints information about the Google Drive file to the screen. The file document.txt is accessible in Google Drive, and is titled "My Document".

By editing the sample code to provide paths to new files and new titles, you can run a few more simple upload tests. When you're ready, you could try running some other Drive API methods such as files.list.

Optional: View a quickstart video

Videos that cover the setup and running of each quickstart sample in detail. If you'd like to see the .NET quickstart sample demonstrated by some of the same developers who wrote it, click play, sit back, and enjoy.

Next Steps

If your goal is to let users create and open files directly from the Drive UI using your app, see Integrate with the Drive UI. Our end-to-end Example Apps demonstrate a simple Drive UI-integrated web app.

If your goal is to expand the quickstart sample into something for your own installed application, consult the API Reference. The API Reference discusses all of the features of the Drive API, and gives samples in each language on how to use a feature.

All requests to the Drive API must be authorized by an authenticated user. To examine more authorization code and learn how to authorize requests, see Authorizing Your App with Google Drives.

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