Notice: important security update for Drive document URLs and resource keys. For more information, refer to Access link-shared files using resource keys

Java Quickstart

Complete the steps described in the rest of this page to create a simple Java command-line application that makes requests to the Drive API.


To run this quickstart, you need the following prerequisites:

  • Authorization credentials for a desktop application. To learn how to create credentials for a desktop application, refer to Create credentials.
  • A Google account with Google Drive enabled
  • Step 1: Prepare the project

    To 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 
    2. Copy the credentials.json file you downloaded as a prerequisite into the newly-created src/main/resources/ directory.

    3. Open the default build.gradle file and replace its contents with the following code:

      apply plugin: 'java'
      apply plugin: 'application'
      mainClassName = 'DriveQuickstart'
      sourceCompatibility = 1.8
      targetCompatibility = 1.8
      version = '1.0'
      repositories {
      dependencies {
          compile ''
          compile ''
          compile ''

    Step 2: Set up the sample

    To set up the sample:

    1. In src/main/java/, create a file named Google
    2. Include the following code in Google

      import java.util.Collections;
      import java.util.List;
      public class DriveQuickstart {
          private static final String APPLICATION_NAME = "Google Drive API Java Quickstart";
          private static final JsonFactory JSON_FACTORY = JacksonFactory.getDefaultInstance();
          private static final String TOKENS_DIRECTORY_PATH = "tokens";
           * Global instance of the scopes required by this quickstart.
           * If modifying these scopes, delete your previously saved tokens/ folder.
          private static final List<String> SCOPES = Collections.singletonList(DriveScopes.DRIVE_METADATA_READONLY);
          private static final String CREDENTIALS_FILE_PATH = "/credentials.json";
           * Creates an authorized Credential object.
           * @param HTTP_TRANSPORT The network HTTP Transport.
           * @return An authorized Credential object.
           * @throws IOException If the credentials.json file cannot be found.
          private static Credential getCredentials(final NetHttpTransport HTTP_TRANSPORT) throws IOException {
              // Load client secrets.
              InputStream in = DriveQuickstart.class.getResourceAsStream(CREDENTIALS_FILE_PATH);
              if (in == null) {
                  throw new FileNotFoundException("Resource not found: " + CREDENTIALS_FILE_PATH);
              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)
                      .setDataStoreFactory(new FileDataStoreFactory(new
              LocalServerReceiver receiver = new LocalServerReceiver.Builder().setPort(8888).build();
              return new AuthorizationCodeInstalledApp(flow, receiver).authorize("user");
          public static void main(String... args) throws IOException, GeneralSecurityException {
              // Build a new authorized API client service.
              final NetHttpTransport HTTP_TRANSPORT = GoogleNetHttpTransport.newTrustedTransport();
              Drive service = new Drive.Builder(HTTP_TRANSPORT, JSON_FACTORY, getCredentials(HTTP_TRANSPORT))
              // Print the names and IDs for up to 10 files.
              FileList result = service.files().list()
                      .setFields("nextPageToken, files(id, name)")
              List<File> files = result.getFiles();
              if (files == null || files.isEmpty()) {
                  System.out.println("No files found.");
              } else {
                  for (File file : files) {
                      System.out.printf("%s (%s)\n", file.getName(), file.getId());

    Step 3: Run the sample

    To run the sample:

    1. Execute the following command:

      gradle run

      This command builds and runs the sample.

    2. (optional). If this is your first time running the sample, the sample opens a new window prompting you to authorize access to your data:

      1. If you are not already signed in to your Google account, you are prompted to sign in. If you are signed in to multiple Google accounts, you are asked to select one account to use for authorization.
      1. Click Accept. The app is authorized to access your data.
    3. The sample executes.

    If you have problems, refer to the Troubleshoot the sample section.

    Troubleshoot the sample

    This section describes a common issue that you can encounter while attempting to run this quickstart.

    This app isn't verified

    If the OAuth consent screen displays the warning "This app isn't verified," your app is requesting scopes that provide access to sensitive user data. If your application uses sensitive scopes, your your app must go through the verification process to remove that warning and other limitations. During the development phase you can continue past this warning by clicking Advanced > Go to {Project Name} (unsafe).

    Further reading

    For further information on the APIs used in this quickstart, refer to the following: