List path, direct links, image URLs, size, etc., of your Google Drive files on browser or Sheet. Sort files by name, size, etc., Generate direct download links.
Listing updated:September 6, 2023
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Drive Explorer lets you pick folders/files from your Google Drive, Shared Drive, or the files shared with you to list in a Google Sheet or on the browser. 

Sheet columns contain metadata of the files like the file's name, containing folder, folder path on your Google drive, direct download link, download links of files in PDF, CSV, ZIP, DOCX, XLSX formats, image URL if it's an image, etc. The whole list of fields it can pull is given below.

Drive Explorer is fast 🚀. It can export up to 1000 files in approximately 16 seconds (Speed is influenced by the nested level of files).

Drive Explorer brings your Google Drive to Google Sheets. You can see all your files from different folders in a sheet tab instead of going back and forth on your Google Drive. You can sort your files by size, name, created date, modified date, last viewed date in ascending or descending order. This makes searching for files easy and saves you a lot of time.

You can generate download links for your files and easily share them with anyone for 1-click downloads.

You can share files and get a share link or change the existing share settings directly from the sheet.

You can rename, add/edit descriptions to multiple files/folders at a time directly from the sheet. You can add up to 3 different custom metadata to your files.

Do you have any folder which has nested series of folders & files? Drive Explorer can also fetch files & folders in nested folders. Just pick the parent folder and tick a checkbox when exporting.

You can automatically refresh (you have to enable this config) the sheet when you open it, meaning your sheet will have details of the files you recently uploaded on the Drive. You can also set up a scheduled refresh which will trigger automatically in the background to refresh your file list. These two auto-refresh features help you use Google Drive as a data source for dynamic web applications.

🏆 Use cases:
If you use Google Drive a lot at work, Drive Explorer can save you a lot of time and increase your productivity. 
- Create direct download links of files in bulk.
- Get image URLs of files to directly display them on the browser or host it on websites.
- Know the size of the files.
- See the photos you have in your Drive as thumbnails in a Google Sheet.
- Run security audits.
- Get download links of files in different formats like PDF, CSV, ZIP, etc.,
and much more. You can let me know how you're using it at I'll add it here :)

📃 List of fields you can export:
Folder name, Folder Size, Folder Path, Filename, Share Status, File Size, Description, Owner, Viewers, Commenters, Editors, Created At, Last Modified At, Filetype, Width, Height, Video Duration, File Extension, Thumbnail, Thumbnail Link, File Link, Folder Link, Preview Link and types of direct links: PDF, ePub, CSV, ZIP, DOCX, XLSX, three different custom metadata.

🎁 Features:
➤ Export direct download links of selected files on your Google drive or for all your files. Export download links for different file types like DOCX, XLSX, PDF, CSV, ZIP, ePub for applicable files.
➤ Export files inside the nested folders.
➤ Check folder size.
➤ List only folders.
➤ Provision to sort the files by size, name, last viewed, and last modified.
➤ Add/Edit/Remove permission details of files directly from the sheet.
➤ Share multiple files at once with people.
➤ Update file/folder name & description directly from the Google Sheet.
➤ Supports Shared drives (Formerly Team drives).
➤ On open, auto-refresh links with an option to disable.
➤ Scheduled auto-refresh to update the file list in the background.
➤ Add custom metadata against any file for your reference.
➤ Format Created at & Last modified at timestamps according to your needs.
➤ Pick and export only the fields that matter to you.
➤ Links to open files & folders on Google Drive.
➤ Can be used as a Google Drive file manager.
➤ Customize the look of fields and add a custom alias to the fields.

🔐 Needed permissions explained:
➤ See, edit, create and delete Drive files
Your files are safe. For sharing files from the sheet & updating the name, description this permission is required.

➤ Add itself to Google Drive
To list your file details directly from Google Drive to a webpage. Right-click any file and select Open with → Drive Explorer.

➤ See, edit, create and delete your spreadsheets in Google Drive
As the metrics are exported to a spreadsheet, this permission is needed. Drive Explorer doesn’t delete or create any spreadsheet.

➤ Connect to an external service
Drive Explorer makes requests to the developer’s backend to check if you are a premium user.

➤ Allow this application to run when you are not present
To set up a scheduled update of sheet data, this permission is required. 

➤ Display and run third-party web content in prompts and sidebars inside Google applications
If you want premium features, you can purchase the premium version within the sheet. To run the payment gateway in the sidebar, this permission is required. 

🤔 How to use:
After installing, in a Google Sheet, select Extensions → Drive Explorer → Start Export.
On the Google Drive dashboard, select one or more files, right-click Open with → Drive Explorer.

💫 Premium:
Drive Explorer is absolutely free to use with some limitations in its functionalities. However, you can upgrade to premium to use it without any limitations.

For example, you can use the free version of the add-on in only one tab of one sheet etc.

Select Extensions → Drive Explorer → Buy Premium to unlock premium features.

ℹ️ Resources
Documentation for the product -
YouTube video -

🙋 Feature Requests
I constantly work to improve the add-on. If you want any new features, feel free to drop a mail at
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Drive Explorer will ask for the permissions shown below. Learn more
Drive Explorer will need access to your Google account
This will allow Drive Explorer to :
See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files
Connect itself to your Google Drive
See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Sheets spreadsheets
Display and run third-party web content in prompts and sidebars inside Google applications
Connect to an external service
Allow this application to run when you are not present
See your primary Google Account email address
See your personal info, including any personal info you've made publicly available
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Sid Tinney
August 7, 2023
Absolutely brilliant tool; it's well designed, seemingly robust and worked flawlessly for automating the process of creating an index with direct links to thousands of files within a specific Drive folder. The monthly subscription was well worth it for the single project I needed it for, and unsubscribing was equally easy once I was finished.
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Yael Saltoun
August 21, 2023
This extension helped me in a great way. It is reasonable that for more features the Premium version (Paid) would be needed. Thank you for making this available.
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Jason Zhao
March 15, 2023
Seems like one of the few solutions out there. However, is the 200 limit daily or once it's used up you have to purchase the upgrade?
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Cristian B
March 26, 2023
I change my review from 5 stars to lower. The app works great but once you subscribe you have no tools to unsubscribe apart from mailing the software author . This is totally unacceptable and more Google Workspace fault than the author . It is really NOT acceptable that you cannot follow your apps subscription , know when they end or when and how much you will be charged again. Until this is NOT solved by Google I will only stay with free apps. You can run into very weird situations if you are not able to control your subscriptions and have to depend on sending emails to do that. The author is helpful but beware of authorizing payments through these apps as you will have NO control over them and not be able to cancel them on your own.
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Braxton Istace
March 10, 2023
Downloaded for one purpose. I wanted to see how much storage a folder took up. Didn't even let me do this without upgrading to premium.
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Lawrence Bass
February 3, 2023
This is MUST have tool for managing any serious collection of files on Drive. The tool gives you the vision and control over the data needed to catalog and order the files in ways the standard tools cannot. Further Drive Explorer removes the need for scripts to do meaningful management of large collections of files.
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Katherine Bueler
June 11, 2023
Looks like just what I need...but I installed it and it does not appear in my spreadsheet add-ons, or in Open With... in Drive. Shucks.
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David Monk
September 2, 2022
I have multiple Google accounts (private, business etc) and installed Drive Explorer. It only worked on the Drive associated with the initial account. So I tried to install again in order to view folders on a different drive and the installation starts but then disappears. It never asks for an account to provide permissions. I decided this was a waste of time so went to uninstall. How do I do that? No idea. No option anywhere that I can see to uninstall.
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Christian Galvin
February 8, 2023
The app was a great help. We needed to move large amounts of data and this was very simple to use and a great tool.
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Printagram Designs
August 4, 2023
saved my time. must have app
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