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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 30, 2021
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Overview
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:
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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 vignesh@syncwithtech.org. I'll add it here :)

📃 List of fields you can export:
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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:
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➤ 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:
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➤ 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:
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After installing, in a Google Sheet, select Add-ons → Drive Explorer → Start Export.
or
On the Google Drive dashboard, select one or more files, right-click Open with → Drive Explorer.

💫 Premium:
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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 Add-ons → Drive Explorer → Buy Premium to unlock premium features.

ℹ️ Resources
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Documentation for the product - https://syncwithtech.com/drive-explorer/docs
YouTube video - https://youtu.be/0LWtPMfSpAs

🙋 Feature Requests
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I constantly work to improve the add-on. If you want any new features, feel free to drop a mail at vignesh@syncwithtech.org.
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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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A User of Drive Explorer
August 28, 2018
This app works great to link to files OR folders, thanks to the update. Has trouble linking to more than 40-50 folders at once, so I split large groups of folders in half and it worked fine.
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A User of Drive Explorer
September 6, 2018
finaly i got want i found from many time your plugin is best and easy to your and fast also.thanks again.......
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A User of Drive Explorer
October 16, 2018
Amazing add-on! Literally saved me hours of work. Would love to also be able to generate the "edit" link instead of the download link, but I can't complain! Thank you so much!
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A User of Drive Explorer
October 16, 2018
Great, saved me lot´s of work
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Royal International School
November 11, 2020
Very very useful application Excellent application Great time saver
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Bruce Willis
November 17, 2020
Good application and helpfully to our bisnis
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Andrew Tran
November 20, 2020
Damn useful.
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Litigation Solicitors London
August 30, 2020
Just what I needed :)
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Robert Hamilton
August 27, 2020
Loving this tool! I have a huge data merge project with thousands of folders and sub-folders with links to stored data files that we needed to move over to G-drive from a 3rd part data storage supplier. This is amazing!
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MiEmpresa Digital
November 11, 2020
Súper útil para lleva un control de documentos dentro de tu empresa.
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