Realtime collaboration for JupyterLab using Google Drive
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Realtime collaboration and cloud storage for JupyterLab through Google Drive.

As of November 28th, 2017, Google has deprecated their Realtime API. Existing realtime applications (such as those you may have set up according to these instructions) will still work until December 2018, but new applications will not be able to use the Realtime API. See the discussions here and here for more information.

NOTE: this is beta software and is rapidly changing. Files stored on Google Drive using this plugin should still be backed-up elsewhere.

This extension adds a Google Drive filebrowser to the left sidepanel of JupyterLab. When you are logged into your Google account, you will have the files stored in it available to JupyterLab. Notebooks and text files may be shared and edited with collaborators in real-time, and all users will see the same changes.

To see the extension in action, click on our live demo from PyData Seattle:

PyData Seattle Talk

For the time-being, all users running a notebook have independent kernels for code execution, and the outputs from running cells will reflect that.

The application sends a "client ID" to Google's servers to identify itself. The default client ID used by the app is set up to work on computers running JupyterLab using http://localhost on ports 8888 through 8899. Other origins will be rejected, so drive integration will not work.

Since this extension with the default client ID can be run by anyone, it is considered "unverified", and potentially unsafe, and Google will present a warning message to you. If you plan to use the extension extensively, you may want to set up your own client ID. See for instructions on how to set up credentials with Google's servers.

If you run into troubles, see if the troubleshooting guide has a solution for you.


  • JupyterLab 0.32
  • A Google Drive account


To install this extension into JupyterLab (requires node 5 or later), do the following:

jupyter labextension install @jupyterlab/google-drive


For a development install, do the following in the repository directory:

jlpm install
jlpm run build
jupyter labextension link .

You can then run JupyterLab in developer mode to automatically pick up changes to @jupyterlab/google-drive. Open a terminal in the @jupyterlab/google-drive repository directory and enter

jlpm run watch

Then launch JupyterLab using

jupyter lab --dev-mode

This will automatically recompile @jupyterlab/google-drive upon changes, and JupyterLab will rebuild itself. You should then be able to refresh the page and see your changes.

Getting Started from Scratch

  • Install JupyterLab

    pip install jupyterlab
  • Install the jupyterlab-google-drive extension

    jupyter labextension install @jupyterlab/google-drive
  • Start JupyterLab

    jupyter lab
  • Click on Google Drive tab (on left side) in JupyterLab interface and login to your Google Drive account.

  • Have someone share a notebook or markdown file with you.

  • You should now see the file in the Shared with Me folder in the file browser. Open it, and begin editing!