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Demo project with Laravel 5.4

Look at the commit history to see each of the steps I have taken to set this up.

Set up this demo project locally

git clone [email protected]:ivanvermeyen/laravel-google-drive-demo.git
composer install

I took care of this:

This will also install only one additional package that is not included by Laravel out of the box:

"nao-pon/flysystem-google-drive": "~1.1"

I have included GoogleDriveAdapter and GoogleDriveServiceProvider which I have added to the providers array in config/app.php, and added a google disk in config/filesystems.php:

'disks' => [

    // ...

    'google' => [
        'driver' => 'google',
        'clientId' => env('GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_ID'),
        'clientSecret' => env('GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_SECRET'),
        'refreshToken' => env('GOOGLE_DRIVE_REFRESH_TOKEN'),
        'folderId' => env('GOOGLE_DRIVE_FOLDER_ID'),
        // 'teamDriveId' => env('GOOGLE_DRIVE_TEAM_DRIVE_ID'),

    // ...


Create your Google Drive API keys

Detailed information on how to obtain your API ID, secret and refresh token:

Update .env file

Add the keys you created to your .env file and set google as your default cloud storage. You can copy the .env.example file and fill in the blanks.


Using multiple Google Drive accounts

If you want to use multiple Google Drive accounts in a single Laravel app, you need to get the API keys for each one as described above and store them separately in your .env file:

Then you should add a disk in config/filesystems.php for each account using the google driver and the account specific keys:

'main_google' => [
    'driver' => 'google',
    'clientId' => env('MAIN_GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_ID'),
    'clientSecret' => env('MAIN_GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_SECRET'),
    'refreshToken' => env('MAIN_GOOGLE_DRIVE_REFRESH_TOKEN'),
    'folderId' => env('MAIN_GOOGLE_DRIVE_FOLDER_ID'),

'backup_google' => [
    'driver' => 'google',
    'clientId' => env('BACKUP_GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_ID'),
    'clientSecret' => env('BACKUP_GOOGLE_DRIVE_CLIENT_SECRET'),
    'refreshToken' => env('BACKUP_GOOGLE_DRIVE_REFRESH_TOKEN'),
    'folderId' => env('BACKUP_GOOGLE_DRIVE_FOLDER_ID'),

Now you can access the drives like so:

$mainDisk = Storage::disk('main_google');
$backupDisk = Storage::disk('backup_google');

Keep in mind that there can only be one default cloud storage drive, defined by FILESYSTEM_CLOUD in your .env (or config) file. If you set it to main_google, that will be the cloud drive:

Storage::cloud(); // refers to Storage::disk('main_google')

Available routes

Route Description
/put Puts a new test.txt file to Google Drive
/put-existing Puts an existing file to Google Drive
/list Lists all files in Google Drive (root directory, not recursive by default)
/list-folder-contents List all files in a specific folder
/get Finds and downloads the test.txt file from Google Drive
/create-dir Creates a Test Dir directory
/create-sub-dir Creates a Test Dir directory and a Sub Dir sub directory
/put-in-dir Puts a new test.txt file to the Test Dir sub directory
/newest Puts a new file to Google Drive and then fetches it
/delete Delete a file from Google Drive
/delete-dir Delete an entire directory from Google Drive
/rename-dir Rename a directory in Google Drive
/put-get-stream Use a stream to store and get larger files
/share Change permissions to share a file with the public
/export/{basename} Export a Google doc (to PDF)

This is a very basic example to get you started. To see the logic behind these routes, check routes/web.php.

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