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Updated on: 2024-03-19

Posted on: 2024-03-19

Package: PHP OAuth Library

Google Drive is a very popular file storage application that many people use to store their files on a site they can access from anywhere they have a computer, tablet, or mobile phone with an Internet connection.

Developers can make Google Drive more valuable by integrating its API with other applications that need to store user files on an Internet-accessible service like Google Drive.

Please read this short tutorial to learn how to integrate PHP applications with Google Drive, using its API and the PHP OAuth client to list files stored in a Google Drive account.




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In this article you will learn:

1. What is the Google Drive API

2. Why It Is a Good Idea to Use Google Drive API

3. How Can You List Files in Google Drive via OAuth

4. How Can You Download or Install the PHP OAuth Library using PHP Composer Tool


1. What is the Google Drive API

Google Drive is a well-known file storage tool.

The Google Drive API allows you to perform operations with Google Drive files and folders from external programs.

These external programs can be PHP scripts running on any computer with Internet access. These PHP scripts can send HTTP requests to the Google Drive API and perform operations to access or modify files and folders.

2. Why It Is a Good Idea to Use Google Drive API

The Google Drive API allows you to use Google Sheets from any programming language that can access this API.

This way, you can automate tasks or even develop new tools that extend the power of Google Drive.

3. How Can You List Files in Google Drive via OAuth

This is an introductory article to this topic. So here, you will only see how to implement a simple task to list the files in an account on Google Drive.

The example below shows a basic PHP script that can access the Google Drive API to access a spreadsheet in a given cell.

In future articles, I will give more details on how to set up all the details of a Google Drive API application that you can use to create your own Google Drive API applications.

After you adjust the configuration of the PHP script that you can see below, you will see a results pages like this:

Google Drive API List Files
PHP Example

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<?php
/*
 * list_files_in_google_drive.php
 *
 * @(#) $Id: $
 *
 */

// Include the necessary class files directly or
// vendor/autoload.php if you used composer to
// install the package.

    
require('http.php');
    require(
'oauth_client.php');

    
$client = new oauth_client_class;
    
$client->server 'Google';
    
$client->debug false;
    
$client->debug_http true;

    
$client->redirect_uri 'https://'.$_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'].
        
dirname(strtok($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'],'?')).
                
'/list_files_in_google_drive.php';

    
$client->client_id ''$application_line __LINE__;
    
$client->client_secret '';
        
    if(
strlen($client->client_id) == 0
    
|| strlen($client->client_secret) == 0)
        die(
'Please go to Google APIs console page '.
           
'https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/api/drive.googleapis.com/'.
           
' in the API access tab, create a new client ID,'.
           
' and in the line '.$application_line.
           
' set the client_id to Client ID'.
           
' and client_secret with Client Secret. '.
       
'The callback URL must be '.$client->redirect_uri.
           
' but make sure the domain is valid and'.
           
' can be resolved by a public DNS.');

    
/* API permissions
     */
    
$client->scope 'https://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive';
    if((
$success $client->Initialize()))
    {
        if((
$success $client->Process()))
        {
            if(
strlen($client->authorization_error))
            {
                
$client->error $client->authorization_error;
                
$success false;
            }
            elseif(
strlen($client->access_token))
            {
                
$success $client->CallAPI(
                
'https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files',
                
'GET', array(), array('FailOnAccessError'=>true),
                
$files_list);
            }
        }
        
$success $client->Finalize($success);
    }
    if(
$client->exit)
        exit;
    if(
$success)
    {
?>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Google Drive API List Files PHP Example</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>Google Drive API List Files<br>PHP Example</h1>
<table rules="all">
<?php
        $limit 
10;
        
$exclude = array(
        );
        
$list 0;
        foreach(
$files_list->files as $f => $file)
        {
            if(
$list >= $limit)
                break;
            foreach(
$exclude as $match)
            {
                if(
preg_match('/'.$match.'/'$file->name))
                    continue 
2;
            }
            echo 
'<tr><td>'.
                
htmlspecialchars($file->name).
                
'</td></tr>',"\n";
            
$list++;
        }
?>
</table>
</body>
</html>
<?php
    
}
    else
    {
?>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>OAuth client error</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>OAuth client error</h1>
<pre>Error: <?PHP
    
echo HtmlSpecialChars($client->error);
?></pre>
</body>
</html>
<?php
    
}

?>

4. How Can You Download or Install the PHP OAuth Library using PHP Composer Tool

The PHP OAuth library used in this article's example script can be installed manually by downloading the package files from the download page.

This package requires the PHP HTTP client class, which can also be installed manually after downloading the PHP HTTP client class package from its download page.

All these packages can be installed automatically from the PHP Composer tool by following the instructions to install the PHP OAuth client package to set up your project composer.json file to use these packages.




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