Access Google Drive in TIR Notebooks

This document provides a step-by-step guide on accessing your Google Drive in TIR Notebooks. First we’ll setup google OAuth2 credentials for authorization and then use Google Drive APIs to list files, search for specific files, upload and download files, and create folders in Google Drive.


The notebook here is a direct implementation of the instructions outlined in this document and can be used as a quick-start guide on accessing Google Drive in TIR Notebooks.

The notebook can be downloaded by running the below command in the JupyterLab terminal:



  1. Google Cloud Console Account: Make sure you have a Google account and are able to access the Google Cloud Console.

  2. Google Drive API Enabled: Ensure the Google Drive API is enabled for your project in the Google Cloud Console. If not, enable if from here.

Setup Instructions

Step 2: Create OAuth2 Credentials

To interact with Google Drive APIs securely, you’ll need to create OAuth2 credentials from the Google Cloud Console. These credentials provide authorization to access files from your Google Drive. Learn more

Follow these steps to set up OAuth2 credentials:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Console.

  2. Navigate to APIs & Services > Credentials > Create credentials > OAuth Client IDs.

  3. Choose Web application as the application type.

  4. Set the Authorized JavaScript origins to

  5. Set the Authorized redirect URI to

  6. Download the JSON file containing your OAuth2 credentials.

  7. Upload the downloaded credentials file to your JupyterLab Notebook using the top arrow icon in the toolbar.

Input the path to the uploaded credentials file in the code cell below.

# enter your credentials files path here
creds_file_path = "path/to/your/credentials_file.json"

Step 3: Install the required Python Libraries

To interact with the Google Drive API, you need to install several Python libraries. Run the below command

pip3 install google-auth google-api-python-client google-auth-oauthlib

Step 4: Configure and Authenticate the Google Drive API Client

Before accessing files from Google Drive, you need to set up and authenticate the Google Drive API client in this Notebook.

Execute the following code to set up the Google Drive API client.

  • Follow the authorization URL displayed in the output and select your Google Account.

  • Upon successful authorization, you will get a code. Copy the authorization code and enter it in the box that requests for the authorization code to complete the authentication process.

import io
import os
from googleapiclient.discovery import build
from google.oauth2.credentials import Credentials
from googleapiclient.http import MediaFileUpload, MediaIoBaseDownload
from google_auth_oauthlib.flow import InstalledAppFlow

# Define the scopes
SCOPES = ['']

# Load existing credentials if available
creds = None
if os.path.exists("token.json"):
    creds = Credentials.from_authorized_user_file("token.json", SCOPES)

# If credentials are missing or expired, initiate OAuth flow
if not creds or not creds.valid:
    flow = InstalledAppFlow.from_client_secrets_file(
    authorization_url, _ = flow.authorization_url(prompt='consent')
    print(f'Please go to this URL: {authorization_url}')

    authorization_code = input('Enter the authorization code: ')
    creds = flow.credentials

    # Save the updated credentials for future use
    with open("token.json", "w") as token:

# Build the Drive API service
drive_service = build('drive', 'v3', credentials=creds)

Performing Actions with Google Drive API

Searching for a Specific File/Folder

To search for a file/folder by name, use the following query:


To list all files and folders, use an empty query ("") when searching for files.

# Define your query
query = "name = 'example.txt'" # Change 'example.txt' to your file name or empty string("") to list all files

results = (drive_service.files().list(q=query, fields="files(id, name, mimeType)").execute())
items = results.get("files", [])

if not items:
    print('No files found.')
    for item in items:
        print(f"{item['name']} ({item['id']}) - {item['mimeType']}")

List Files in specific Folder

To list all files within a specific folder, first obtain the folder ID by executing the code above. Then, use that folder ID in the code below to list all files in that folder.

# Define the folder ID where you want to list files
folder_id = 'your_folder_id_here'

# Define your query with the folder ID
query = f"'{folder_id}' in parents"

results = drive_service.files().list(q=query, fields="files(id, name, mimeType)").execute()
items = results.get("files", [])

if not items:
    print('No files found in the folder.')
    print('Files in the folder:')
    for item in items:
        print(f"{item['name']} ({item['id']}) - {item['mimeType']}")

Downloading Files from Google Drive

To download a file, use the following code:

file_id = 'file_id_to_download'
file_path = 'path/to/save/downloaded/file.txt'

request = drive_service.files().get_media(fileId=file_id)
fh = io.FileIO(file_path, mode='wb')
downloader = MediaIoBaseDownload(fh, request)
done = False

while not done:
    status, done = downloader.next_chunk()

Uploading Files to Google Drive

To upload a file to a specific folder in Google Drive, use the following code:

file_metadata = {
    'name': 'MyFile.txt',
    'parents': '<folder_id>'  # ID of the folder where you want to upload
file_path = 'path/to/your/local/file.txt'

media = MediaFileUpload(file_path, mimetype='text/plain')

file = drive_service.files().create(body=file_metadata, media_body=media, fields='id').execute()

Creating a Folder in Google Drive

To create a new folder, use the following code:

folder_metadata = {
    'name': 'MyFolder',
    'parents': '<parent_folder_id>'  # ID of the parent folder (optional)

folder = drive_service.files().create(body=folder_metadata, fields='id').execute()

Troubleshooting and Best Practices

  1. OAuth2 Flow Issues: Ensure the redirect URI is correctly set up in the Google Cloud Console.

  2. Token Expiration: If your publishing status is not set to ‘In Production’, your token will expire in 7 days, requiring you to re-authenticate and recreate the credentials.