OSF GuidesAdd-ons Storage add-onsConnect Google Drive to a Project

Connect Google Drive to a Project

You can connect one Google Drive folder or an entire Google Drive account to your OSF project or component. Different Google Drive folders can be linked to different components within the same project. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will render in your browser via OSF, but cannot be edited directly on OSF. A link about the rendered Doc, Sheet, or Slides will take you to the add-on directly, where you can edit the materials if you have the appropriate permissions.

You can add files to your Google Drive folder and those files will be accessible via the OSF. Likewise, files added to your Google Drive folder in your OSF account will update your Google Drive account with that file. 

The Google Drive add-on allows you to connect external content to OSF. This connection does not store or back up this content on OSF. To back up your content to OSF Storage, consider registering your project..

1. Enable Google Drive in your project

First, open your project, then click the Add-ons tab in the navigation bar.

You will be taken to the "Add-ons" page for the project.

In the list of add-ons, click the Enable link next to Google Drive.

The Google Drive terms will appear.

Read the terms, then click the Confirm button.

2. Configure Google Drive

Find Google Drive in the "Configure Add-ons" section, then click the Connect Account link.

Log in to Google Drive, then allow OSF access to your Google Drive account.

Your Google Drive folders will be imported into your project.

3. Select a folder

Next, select a folder from the list, then click Save.

Google Drive will be connected to your project.