Java Quickstart

Complete the steps described in the rest of this page, and in about five minutes you'll have a simple Java command-line application that makes requests to the Google Apps Script Execution API.


To run this quickstart, you'll need:

Step 1: Turn on the Google Apps Script Execution API

  1. Open your target Apps Script in the editor and select Resources > Cloud Platform project.
  2. In the dialog that opens, click on the blue link (that starts with your script's name) at the top to open the console project associated with your script.
  3. The left sidebar should say API Manager. If it does not, click the icon in the upper-left to open a side panel and select API Manager. Select Library in the left sidebar.
  4. In the search bar under the Google APIs tab, enter "Google Apps Script Execution API". Click the same name in the list that appears. In the new tab that opens, click Enable API.
  5. Click Credentials in the left sidebar.
  6. Select the Credentials tab, click the Create credentials button and select OAuth client ID.
  7. Select the application type Other, enter the name "Google Apps Script Execution API Quickstart", and click the Create button.
  8. Click OK to dismiss the resulting dialog.
  9. Click the file_download (Download JSON) button to the right of the client ID.
  10. Move this file to your working directory and rename it client_secret.json.

Step 2: Prepare the project

  1. In your working directory, run the following commands to create a new project structure:
gradle init --type basic
mkdir -p src/main/java src/main/resources 
  1. Copy the client_secret.json file you downloaded in Step 1 into the src/main/resources/ directory you just created.
  2. Open the default build.gradle file and replace its contents with the following code:

Step 3: Set up the sample

Create a file named src/main/java/ and copy in the following code. Be sure to replace the scriptId variable in main() with the ID of your target script:

import java.util.Map;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

public class Quickstart {
    /** Application name. */
    private static final String APPLICATION_NAME =
        "Google Apps Script Execution API Java Quickstart";

    /** Directory to store user credentials for this application. */
    private static final DATA_STORE_DIR = new
        System.getProperty("user.home"), ".credentials/script-java-quickstart");

    /** Global instance of the {@link FileDataStoreFactory}. */
    private static FileDataStoreFactory DATA_STORE_FACTORY;

    /** Global instance of the JSON factory. */
    private static final JsonFactory JSON_FACTORY =

    /** Global instance of the HTTP transport. */
    private static HttpTransport HTTP_TRANSPORT;

    /** Global instance of the scopes required by this quickstart.
     * If modifying these scopes, delete your previously saved credentials
     * at ~/.credentials/script-java-quickstart
    private static final List<String> SCOPES =

    static {
        try {
            HTTP_TRANSPORT = GoogleNetHttpTransport.newTrustedTransport();
            DATA_STORE_FACTORY = new FileDataStoreFactory(DATA_STORE_DIR);
        } catch (Throwable t) {

     * Creates an authorized Credential object.
     * @return an authorized Credential object.
     * @throws IOException
    public static Credential authorize() throws IOException {
        // Load client secrets.
        InputStream in =
        GoogleClientSecrets clientSecrets =
            GoogleClientSecrets.load(JSON_FACTORY, new InputStreamReader(in));

        // Build flow and trigger user authorization request.
        GoogleAuthorizationCodeFlow flow =
                new GoogleAuthorizationCodeFlow.Builder(
                        HTTP_TRANSPORT, JSON_FACTORY, clientSecrets, SCOPES)
        Credential credential = new AuthorizationCodeInstalledApp(
            flow, new LocalServerReceiver()).authorize("user");
                "Credentials saved to " + DATA_STORE_DIR.getAbsolutePath());
        return credential;

     * Create a HttpRequestInitializer from the given one, except set
     * the HTTP read timeout to be longer than the default (to allow
     * called scripts time to execute).
     * @param {HttpRequestInitializer} requestInitializer the initializer
     *     to copy and adjust; typically a Credential object.
     * @return an initializer with an extended read timeout.
    private static HttpRequestInitializer setHttpTimeout(
            final HttpRequestInitializer requestInitializer) {
        return new HttpRequestInitializer() {
            public void initialize(HttpRequest httpRequest) throws IOException {
                // This allows the API to call (and avoid timing out on)
                // functions that take up to 6 minutes to complete (the maximum
                // allowed script run time), plus a little overhead.

     * Build and return an authorized Script client service.
     * @param {Credential} credential an authorized Credential object
     * @return an authorized Script client service
    public static Script getScriptService() throws IOException {
        Credential credential = authorize();
        return new Script.Builder(
                HTTP_TRANSPORT, JSON_FACTORY, setHttpTimeout(credential))

     * Interpret an error response returned by the API and return a String
     * summary.
     * @param {Operation} op the Operation returning an error response
     * @return summary of error response, or null if Operation returned no
     *     error
    public static String getScriptError(Operation op) {
        if (op.getError() == null) {
            return null;

        // Extract the first (and only) set of error details and cast as a Map.
        // The values of this map are the script's 'errorMessage' and
        // 'errorType', and an array of stack trace elements (which also need to
        // be cast as Maps).
        Map<String, Object> detail = op.getError().getDetails().get(0);
        List<Map<String, Object>> stacktrace =
                (List<Map<String, Object>>)detail.get("scriptStackTraceElements");

        java.lang.StringBuilder sb =
                new StringBuilder("\nScript error message: ");
        sb.append("\nScript error type: ");

        if (stacktrace != null) {
            // There may not be a stacktrace if the script didn't start
            // executing.
            sb.append("\nScript error stacktrace:");
            for (Map<String, Object> elem : stacktrace) {
                sb.append("\n  ");
        return sb.toString();

    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        // ID of the script to call. Acquire this from the Apps Script editor,
        // under Publish > Deploy as API executable.
        String scriptId = "ENTER_YOUR_SCRIPT_ID_HERE";
        Script service = getScriptService();

        // Create an execution request object.
        ExecutionRequest request = new ExecutionRequest()

        try {
            // Make the API request.
            Operation op =
                    service.scripts().run(scriptId, request).execute();

            // Print results of request.
            if (op.getError() != null) {
                // The API executed, but the script returned an error.
            } else {
                // The result provided by the API needs to be cast into
                // the correct type, based upon what types the Apps
                // Script function returns. Here, the function returns
                // an Apps Script Object with String keys and values,
                // so must be cast into a Java Map (folderSet).
                Map<String, String> folderSet =
                    (Map<String, String>)(op.getResponse().get("result"));
                if (folderSet.size() == 0) {
                    System.out.println("No folders returned!");
                } else {
                    System.out.println("Folders under your root folder:");
                    for (String id: folderSet.keySet()) {
                                "\t%s (%s)\n", folderSet.get(id), id);
        } catch (GoogleJsonResponseException e) {
            // The API encountered a problem before the script was called.


Step 4: Run the sample

Build and run the quickstart with the command:

gradle -q run

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

  1. The sample will attempt to open a new window or tab in your default browser. If this fails, copy the URL from the console and manually open it in your browser.

    If you are not already logged into your Google account, you will be prompted to log in. If you are logged into multiple Google accounts, you will be asked to select one account to use for the authorization.

  2. Click the Accept button.
  3. The sample will proceed automatically, and you may close the window/tab.


  • Authorization information is stored on the file system, so subsequent executions will not prompt for authorization.
  • The authorization flow in this example is designed for a command-line application. For information on how to perform authorization in a web application, see Using OAuth 2.0 for Web Server Applications.

Further reading


Apps Script
Apps Script