JavaScript Quickstart

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


To run this quickstart, you'll need:

  • Python 2.4 or greater (to provide a web server).
  • Access to the internet and a web browser.
  • A Google account with Google Drive enabled.
  • A target Apps Script to call with the API.

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 Web application.
  8. In the Authorized JavaScript origins field, enter the URL http://localhost:8000. You can leave the Authorized redirect URIs field blank.
  9. Click the Create button.
  10. Take note of the client ID in the resulting dialog. You will need it in a later step.
  11. Click OK to dismiss the resulting dialog.

Step 2: Set up the sample

Create a file named quickstart.html and copy in the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Google Apps Script Execution API Quickstart</title>
    <meta charset='utf-8' />
    <p>Google Apps Script Execution API Quickstart</p>

    <!--Add buttons to initiate auth sequence and sign out-->
    <button id="authorize-button" style="display: none;">Authorize</button>
    <button id="signout-button" style="display: none;">Sign Out</button>

    <pre id="content"></pre>

    <script type="text/javascript">
      // Client ID and API key from the Developer Console
      var CLIENT_ID = '<YOUR_CLIENT_ID>';

      // Array of API discovery doc URLs for APIs used by the quickstart
      var DISCOVERY_DOCS = ["$discovery/rest?version=v1"];

      // Authorization scopes required by the API; multiple scopes can be
      // included, separated by spaces.
      var SCOPES = '';

      var authorizeButton = document.getElementById('authorize-button');
      var signoutButton = document.getElementById('signout-button');

       *  On load, called to load the auth2 library and API client library.
      function handleClientLoad() {
        gapi.load('client:auth2', initClient);

       *  Initializes the API client library and sets up sign-in state
       *  listeners.
      function initClient() {
          discoveryDocs: DISCOVERY_DOCS,
          clientId: CLIENT_ID,
          scope: SCOPES
        }).then(function () {
          // Listen for sign-in state changes.

          // Handle the initial sign-in state.
          authorizeButton.onclick = handleAuthClick;
          signoutButton.onclick = handleSignoutClick;

       *  Called when the signed in status changes, to update the UI
       *  appropriately. After a sign-in, the API is called.
      function updateSigninStatus(isSignedIn) {
        if (isSignedIn) {
 = 'none';
 = 'block';
        } else {
 = 'block';
 = 'none';

       *  Sign in the user upon button click.
      function handleAuthClick(event) {

       *  Sign out the user upon button click.
      function handleSignoutClick(event) {

       * Append a pre element to the body containing the given message
       * as its text node. Used to display the results of the API call.
       * @param {string} message Text to be placed in pre element.
      function appendPre(message) {
        var pre = document.getElementById('content');
        var textContent = document.createTextNode(message + '\n');

       * Load the API and make an API call.  Display the results on the screen.
      function callScriptFunction() {
        var scriptId = "<ENTER_YOUR_SCRIPT_ID_HERE>";

        // Call the Execution API run method
        //   'scriptId' is the URL parameter that states what script to run
        //   'resource' describes the run request body (with the function name
        //              to execute){
          'scriptId': scriptId,
          'resource': {
            'function': 'getFoldersUnderRoot'
        }).then(function(resp) {
          var result = resp.result;
          if (result.error && result.error.status) {
            // The API encountered a problem before the script
            // started executing.
            appendPre('Error calling API:');
            appendPre(JSON.stringify(result, null, 2));
          } else if (result.error) {
            // The API executed, but the script returned an error.

            // Extract the first (and only) set of error details.
            // The values of this object are the script's 'errorMessage' and
            // 'errorType', and an array of stack trace elements.
            var error = result.error.details[0];
            appendPre('Script error message: ' + error.errorMessage);

            if (error.scriptStackTraceElements) {
              // There may not be a stacktrace if the script didn't start
              // executing.
              appendPre('Script error stacktrace:');
              for (var i = 0; i < error.scriptStackTraceElements.length; i++) {
                var trace = error.scriptStackTraceElements[i];
                appendPre('\t' + trace.function + ':' + trace.lineNumber);
          } else {
            // The structure of the result will depend upon what the Apps
            // Script function returns. Here, the function returns an Apps
            // Script Object with String keys and values, and so the result
            // is treated as a JavaScript object (folderSet).

            var folderSet = result.response.result;
            if (Object.keys(folderSet).length == 0) {
                appendPre('No folders returned!');
            } else {
              appendPre('Folders under your root folder:');
                appendPre('\t' + folderSet[id] + ' (' + id  + ')');


    <script async defer src=""
      onreadystatechange="if (this.readyState === 'complete') this.onload()">

Replace the placeholder <YOUR_CLIENT_ID> in the copied code with the client ID you created in Step 1. Be sure to also replace the placeholder <ENTER_YOUR_SCRIPT_ID_HERE> with the script ID of your target script.

Step 3: Run the sample

  1. Start the web server using the following command from your working directory:

Python 2.x

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000

Python 3.x

python -m http.server 8000

  1. Load the URL http://localhost:8000/quickstart.html into your browser.

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

  1. Click the Authorize button to open the authorization window.

    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.


  • After the initial user authorization, calls to gapi.auth.authorize that use immediate:true mode will obtain an auth token without user interaction.

Further reading


Error: origin_mismatch

This error will occur during the authorization flow if the host and port used to serve the web page doesn't match an allowed JavaScript origin on your Google Developers Console project. Make sure you completed the Step 1.e and that the URL in your browser matches.


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