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NextJs Google Drive Directory


This is a NextJS React app that provides users a way to access contents of a Google Drive directory through a single page application.

This novel app eliminates the need for users to search through unrelated Google Drive directories, files, and shared folders, reducing clutter in search results.

The app can be hosted for free on platforms such as Vercel and is secured through a secure Google Simple Sign-on process.


First, download the contents of this repository into your local environment for testing and run the following inside the terminal

npm install

Next, lets create the config.json file that will power the application.


The config-example.json file contains the necessary configuration details to connect to the Google Drive API. To set up the connection, you will need to replace the placeholder values in the JSON file with your own Google Drive API credentials and settings.

At the time this readme is written, config-example.json looks something like this:

    "api" : {
        "api_key" : "GOOGLE API KEY HERE",
        "client_id" : "GOOGLE CLIENT ID HERE",
        "client_secret" : "GOOGLE CLIENT SECRET HERE",
        "scopes" : ""
    "directory" : {    
        "team_drive" : "TEAM DRIVE ID HERE",
        "target_folder" : "PARENT FOLDER ID HERE"
    "components" : {
        "HeaderImage" : {
            "homepage_url" : "http://MYDOMAIN.COM",
            "logo_url" : "https://LINKTOLOGO.png",
            "logo_alt" : "MY CUSTOM GOOGLE DRIVE DIRECTORY",
            "logo_width" : "300px",
            "logo_color" : "#5b777d"

Setting up the Google Drive API

  1. Go to the Google Developers Console at
  2. Create a new project or select an existing one
  3. Go to the API Library, select Google Drive API and enable it for your project
  4. Go to the Credentials section, select "Create credentials" and choose "OAuth client ID"
  5. Choose "Web application" as the application type and fill out the required information.
  6. Note the Client ID and Client Secret values, you will need to replace "GOOGLE CLIENT ID HERE" and "GOOGLE CLIENT SECRET HERE" in the config-example.json file with your own Client ID and Client Secret.
  7. Inside the Oauth Client ID edit area, inside the Credntials section of your Google Developer Console, You will need to add your Authorized JavaScript origins which for your local testing environment should be http://localhost:3000 and for your production environment http://MYDOMAIN.COM (or the full base URL of your application)
  8. Also, inside the Oauth Client ID edit area, setup your Authorized redirect URIs. These need to include full URLs to your apps login page that will look like http://localhost:3000/login for your localhost environment and http://MYDOMAIN.COM/login for your production environment.
  9. In the config-example.json file, leave "" as the scope. For more information about scopes, you can find the available scopes at

Setting up the Google Drive Directory

The directory section in the config-example.json file requires two values to be set: the ID of the team drive and the ID of the starting folder location.

  1. If the directory will be located inside a team drive, then go to the Google Drive web interface and locate the team drive you want to use.
  2. Click on the three dots (...) in the top right corner of the drive and choose "Drive settings".
  3. Copy the Drive ID, you will need to replace "TEAM DRIVE ID HERE" in the config-example.json file with your own team drive ID. If you are not using a team drive, then make sure this value is left empty.
  4. Locate the folder you want to use as the starting folder location for your directory.
  5. Click on the three dots (...) next to the folder and choose "Get link".
  6. In the "Link to share" dialog, select "Copy link".
  7. Extract the folder ID from the copied link, you will need to replace "PARENT FOLDER ID HERE" in the config-example.json file with your own folder ID.

Customizing the Components

The components section in the config-example.json file contains cosmetic details that can be customized as desired. Replace the values in this section with your desired values.

Final Step

Once you have replaced all the placeholder values in the config-example.json file with your own values, you can remove -example from the filename to enable the configuration file.

Once you are done your config.json file should look something like this:

    "api" : {
        "api_key" : "AIzaSyDEsyMKrmCJHb8v_NHyJv_wMDhfgUfgsu",
        "client_id" : "",
        "client_secret" : "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",
        "scopes" : ""
    "directory" : {    
        "team_drive" : "0AIDUUK1SmUbSPdU7EA",
        "target_folder" : "1ePFd-ssH4ja1-7_x6tNgd-5CT9HbsAIb"
    "components" : {
        "HeaderImage" : {
            "homepage_url" : "http://localhost:3000/",
            "logo_url" : "",
            "logo_alt" : "My Logo",
            "logo_width" : "300px",
            "logo_color" : "#5b777d"

Launch the dev server

If everything is setup correctly, you should be ready to launch the dev server.

npm run dev

Open http://localhost:3000 with your browser to see the result.

If all is well you should see your app in motion!


The easiest way to deploy your Next.js app is to use the Vercel Platform from the creators of Next.js.

Check out our Next.js deployment documentation for more details.

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