Android Create a File on Google Drive


We will add a file on Google Drive. We will use the createFile() method of a Drive object to create file programmatically on Google Drive. In this example we are adding a new text file in the user’s root folder. When a file is added, we need to specify the initial set of metadata, file contents, and the parent folder.

We need to create a CreateMyFile() callback method and within this method, use the Drive object to retrieve a DriveContents resource. Then we pass the API client to the Drive object and call the driveContentsCallback callback method to handle result of DriveContents.

A DriveContents resource contains a temporary copy of the file's binary stream which is only available to the application.

public void CreateMyFile(){
    fileOperation = true;
    // Create new contents resource.

Result Handler of DriveContents

Handling the response requires to check if the call was successful or not. If the call was successful, we can retrieve the DriveContents resource.

We will create a result handler of DriveContents. Within this method, we call the CreateFileOnGoogleDrive() method and pass the result of DriveContentsResult:

 * This is the Result result handler of Drive contents.
 * This callback method calls the CreateFileOnGoogleDrive() method.
final ResultCallback<DriveContentsResult> driveContentsCallback =
         new ResultCallback<DriveContentsResult>() {
            public void onResult(DriveContentsResult result) {
                if (result.getStatus().isSuccess()) {
                    if (fileOperation == true){

Create File Programmatically

To create files, we need to use a MetadataChangeSet object. By using this object, we set the title (file name) and file type. Also, we must use the createFile() method of the DriveFolder class and pass the Google client API, the MetaDataChangeSet object, and the driveContents to create a file. We call the result handler callback to handle the result of the created file.

We use the following code to create a new text file in the user's root folder:

 * Create a file in the root folder using a MetadataChangeSet object.
 * @param result
public void CreateFileOnGoogleDrive(DriveContentsResult result){

    final DriveContents driveContents = result.getDriveContents();

    // Perform I/O off the UI thread.
    new Thread() {
        public void run() {
            // Write content to DriveContents.
            OutputStream outputStream = driveContents.getOutputStream();
            Writer writer = new OutputStreamWriter(outputStream);
            try {
                writer.write("Hello Christlin!");
            } catch (IOException e) {
                Log.e(TAG, e.getMessage());

            MetadataChangeSet changeSet = new MetadataChangeSet.Builder()
                    .setTitle("My First Drive File")

            // Create a file in the root folder.
                    .createFile(mGoogleApiClient, changeSet, driveContents)

Handle result of Created File

The following code will create a callback method to handle the result of the created file:

 * Handle result of Created file
final private ResultCallback<DriveFolder.DriveFileResult> fileCallback = new
        ResultCallback<DriveFolder.DriveFileResult>() {
            public void onResult(DriveFolder.DriveFileResult result) {
                if (result.getStatus().isSuccess()) {
                    Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "file created: "+
                                result.getDriveFile().getDriveId(), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();