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As the connection will be an application that interfaces with Google Drive, you will need a Project ID, Client Email, and Private Key to access the Google Drive API. To obtain these, you need to create a service account from your Google account.

Create a Google Account

If you don't have a Google account, you will need to create a Google account.

Enable the API

  1. Log in to the Google account that is to have access to the Google Drive, and go to the Google Drive API.

  2. Enable the Google Drive API for the account by clicking Enable the Drive API:

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  3. In the resulting dialog, click Download Client Configuration to save the file credentials.json to your downloads directory:

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  4. Using the link shown in the previous image, go to the API Console.

  5. Using the Google navigation menu (located in the upper left, to the left of the Google APIs logo), find the Service accounts menu item (under IAM & admin):

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  6. Create a service account that will be given access to the Google Drive with Google Drive. Click Create Service Account:

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  7. Give the service account a name and a description, and click Create:

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  8. Select Owner as a role:

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  9. To create the private key required to access the Google Drive, click Create Key:

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  10. Specify the key type as JSON and click Create:

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    Save the downloaded configuration key file in a safe location where you can access it.

  11. Now, share the Google Drive folder using the client_email found in the downloaded configuration key file:

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    NOTE: The Google Drive folder you wish to access must be shared with the Google service account email that is used to create the connection. All the documents accessed by the connection will be in that particular folder. Sharing at least one folder is required. Documents outside the shared folder cannot be accessed.

All the credentials that are required will now have been generated and shared. For the Jitterbit Harmony Google Drive Connector, these credentials are required:

  • Google service account project ID
  • Google service account client email
  • Google service account private key string

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Last updated:  Dec 20, 2019

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