Google Apps Script quickstart

Quickstarts explain how to set up and run an app that calls a Google Workspace API.

Google Workspace quickstarts use the API client libraries to handle some details of the authentication and authorization flow. We recommend that you use the client libraries for your own apps. This quickstart uses a simplified authentication approach that is appropriate for a testing environment. For a production environment, we recommend learning about authentication and authorization before choosing the access credentials that are appropriate for your app.

Create a Google Apps Script that makes requests to the Google Slides API.


  • Create the script.
  • Enable the Google Slides API.
  • Run the sample.


  • A Google Account
  • Access to Google Drive

Create the script

  1. Create a new script by going to
  2. Replace the contents of the script editor with the following code:

 * Creates a Slides API service object and logs the number of slides and
 * elements in a sample presentation:
function logSlidesAndElements() {
  const presentationId = '1EAYk18WDjIG-zp_0vLm3CsfQh_i8eXc67Jo2O9C6Vuc';
  try {
    // Gets the specified presentation using presentationId
    const presentation = Slides.Presentations.get(presentationId);
    const slides = presentation.slides;
    // Print the number of slides and elements in presentation
    console.log('The presentation contains %s slides:', slides.length);
    for ( let i = 0; i < slides.length; i++) {
      console.log('- Slide # %s contains %s elements.', i + 1, slides[i].pageElements.length);
  } catch (err) {
    // TODO (developer) - Handle  Presentation.get() exception from Slides API
    console.log('Failed to found Presentation with error %s', err.message);

  1. Click Save .
  2. Click Untitled project, type Quickstart, and click Rename.

Enable the Google Slides API

  1. Open the Apps Script project.
  2. Click Editor .
  3. Next to Services, click Add a service .
  4. Select Google Slides API and click Add.

Run the sample

In the Apps Script editor, click Run.

The first time you run the sample, it prompts you to authorize access:

  1. Click Review permissions.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Click Allow.

The script's execution log appears at the bottom of the window.

Next steps