Get Ready to Use the People API

Before you can start coding your first client application, you need to do three things:

  1. Get a Google Account
  2. Create a project
  3. Set up your app
This guide walks you through those tasks, if you haven't done them already.

1. Get a Google Account

You need a Google Account in order to create a project in the Google API Console. If you already have an account, then you're all set.

You may also want a separate Google Account for testing purposes.

2. Create a project for your client

Before you can send requests to the People API, you need to tell Google about your client and activate access to the API. You do this by using the Google API Console to create a project, which is a named collection of settings and API access information, and register your application.

To get started using People API, you need to first use the setup tool, which guides you through creating a project in the Google API Console, enabling the API, and creating credentials.

3. Set up your app

Before you can make requests to the API, you must set up authorization. If you are using a client library, you must also create a service object.

The following code demonstrates how to configure your client and authorize requests using OAuth 2.0 for installed applications.

For a brief overview of authorization, read about how to authorize requests and identify your application to Google.


import java.util.Arrays;


  public void setUp() throws IOException {
    HttpTransport httpTransport = new NetHttpTransport();
    JacksonFactory jsonFactory = new JacksonFactory();

    // Go to the Google API Console, open your application's
    // credentials page, and copy the client ID and client secret.
    // Then paste them into the following code.
    String clientId = "YOUR_CLIENT_ID";
    String clientSecret = "YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET";

    // Or your redirect URL for web based applications.
    String redirectUrl = "urn:ietf:wg:oauth:2.0:oob";
    String scope = "";

    // Step 1: Authorize -->
    String authorizationUrl =
        new GoogleBrowserClientRequestUrl(clientId, redirectUrl, Arrays.asList(scope)).build();

    // Point or redirect your user to the authorizationUrl.
    System.out.println("Go to the following link in your browser:");

    // Read the authorization code from the standard input stream.
    BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(;
    System.out.println("What is the authorization code?");
    String code = in.readLine();
    // End of Step 1 <--

    // Step 2: Exchange -->
    GoogleTokenResponse tokenResponse =
        new GoogleAuthorizationCodeTokenRequest(
            httpTransport, jsonFactory, clientId, clientSecret, code, redirectUrl)
    // End of Step 2 <--

    GoogleCredential credential = new GoogleCredential.Builder()
        .setClientSecrets(clientId, clientSecret)

    PeopleService peopleService =
        new PeopleService.Builder(httpTransport, jsonFactory, credential).build();


import httplib2

from apiclient.discovery import build
from oauth2client.file import Storage
from oauth2client.client import OAuth2WebServerFlow
from import run

# Set up a Flow object to be used if we need to authenticate. This
# sample uses OAuth 2.0, and we set up the OAuth2WebServerFlow with
# the information it needs to authenticate. Note that it is called
# the Web Server Flow, but it can also handle the flow for
# installed applications.
# Go to the Google API Console, open your application's
# credentials page, and copy the client ID and client secret.
# Then paste them into the following code.
FLOW = OAuth2WebServerFlow(

# If the Credentials don't exist or are invalid, run through the
# installed application flow. The Storage object will ensure that,
# if successful, the good Credentials will get written back to a
# file.
storage = Storage('info.dat')
credentials = storage.get()
if credentials is None or credentials.invalid == True:
  credentials = run(FLOW, storage)

# Create an httplib2.Http object to handle our HTTP requests and
# authorize it with our good Credentials.
http = httplib2.Http()
http = credentials.authorize(http)

# Build a service object for interacting with the API. To get an API key for
# your application, visit the Google API Console
# and look at your application's credentials page.
people_service = build(serviceName='people', version='v1', http=http)


require_once 'google-api-php-client/autoload.php';


$client = new Google_Client();

// OAuth 2.0 settings
// Go to the Google API Console, open your application's
// credentials page, and copy the client ID, client secret,
// redirect URI, and API key. Then paste them into the
// following code.


if (isset($_GET['oauth'])) {
  // Start auth flow by redirecting to Google's auth server
  $auth_url = $client->createAuthUrl();
  header('Location: ' . filter_var($auth_url, FILTER_SANITIZE_URL));
} else if (isset($_GET['code'])) {
  // Receive auth code from Google, exchange it for an access token, and
  // redirect to your base URL
  $_SESSION['access_token'] = $client->getAccessToken();
  $redirect_uri = 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/';
  header('Location: ' . filter_var($redirect_uri, FILTER_SANITIZE_URL));
} else if (isset($_SESSION['access_token']) && $_SESSION['access_token']) {
  // You have an access token; use it to call the People API
  $people_service = new Google_Service_People($client);
  // TODO: Use service object to request People data
} else {
  $redirect_uri = 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/?oauth';
  header('Location: ' . filter_var($redirect_uri, FILTER_SANITIZE_URL));


using Google;
using Google.Apis.Auth.OAuth2;
using Google.Apis.People.v1;
using Google.Apis.People.v1.Data;
using Google.Apis.Services;


        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Create OAuth credential.
            UserCredential credential = GoogleWebAuthorizationBroker.AuthorizeAsync(
                new ClientSecrets
                    ClientId = "CLIENT_ID",
                    ClientSecret = "CLIENT_SECRET"
                new[] { "profile", "" },

            // Create the service.
            var service = new PeopleService (new BaseClientService.Initializer()
                HttpClientInitializer = credential,
                ApplicationName = "APP_NAME",