Creates a new blank Drive file. Note there are better options for these special cases:
drive_create( name, path = NULL, type = NULL, ..., overwrite = NA, verbose = deprecated() )
Name for the new file or, optionally, a path that specifies an existing parent folder, as well as the new file name.
Target destination for the new item, i.e. a folder or a
shared drive. Can be given as an actual path (character), a file id or URL
as_id(), or a
dribble. Defaults to your "My Drive" root
path is a shortcut to a folder, it is automatically resolved
to its target folder.
Character. Create a blank Google Doc, Sheet or Slides by
respectively. All non-
NULL values for
type are pre-processed with
Named parameters to pass along to the Drive API. Has dynamic dots semantics. You can affect the metadata of the target file by
specifying properties of the Files resource via
.... Read the "Request
body" section of the Drive API docs for the associated endpoint to learn
about relevant parameters.
Logical, indicating whether to check for a pre-existing file
at the targetted "filepath". The quotes around "filepath" refer to the fact
that Drive does not impose a 1-to-1 relationship between filepaths and files,
like a typical file system; read more about that in
NA (default): Just do the operation, even if it results in multiple
files with the same filepath.
TRUE: Check for a pre-existing file at the filepath. If there is
zero or one, move a pre-existing file to the trash, then carry on. Note
that the new file does not inherit any properties from the old one, such
as sharing or publishing settings. It will have a new file ID. An error is
thrown if two or more pre-existing files are found.
FALSE: Error if there is any pre-existing file at the filepath.
Note that existence checks, based on filepath, are expensive operations, i.e. they require additional API calls.
This logical argument to
individual googledrive functions is deprecated. To globally suppress
googledrive messaging, use
options(googledrive_quiet = TRUE) (the default
behaviour is to emit informational messages). To suppress messaging in a
more limited way, use the helpers
An object of class
dribble, a tibble with one row per file.
# Create a blank Google Doc named 'WordStar' in # your 'My Drive' root folder and star it wordstar <- drive_create("WordStar", type = "document", starred = TRUE) #> Created Drive file: #> • WordStar <id: 15PojoZnx-_IapJGaJutHqYhjQYSf1R49tC--aTzw-_I> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.document # is 'WordStar' really starred? YES purrr::pluck(wordstar, "drive_resource", 1, "starred") #>  TRUE # Create a blank Google Slides presentation in # the root folder, and set its description execuvision <- drive_create( "ExecuVision", type = "presentation", description = "deeply nested bullet lists FTW" ) #> Created Drive file: #> • ExecuVision <id: 1wuc0lwflN9rYXuRmtsmeKfuoWP4PS51LYcK3t7A3pxE> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.presentation # Did we really set the description? YES purrr::pluck(execuvision, "drive_resource", 1, "description") #>  "deeply nested bullet lists FTW" # check out the new presentation drive_browse(execuvision) # Create folder 'b4xl' in the root folder, # then create an empty new Google Sheet in it b4xl <- drive_mkdir("b4xl") #> Created Drive file: #> • b4xl <id: 1ocCvRk9coKS-pWtzEvMfUSBPI6ZXkmeE> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.folder drive_create("VisiCalc", path = b4xl, type = "spreadsheet") #> Created Drive file: #> • VisiCalc <id: 1i-eD-MtraFbtJ1pZ9CdtJ8BSJdvTsKb1dbgHl55fosA> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet # Another way to create a Google Sheet in the folder 'b4xl' drive_create("b4xl/SuperCalc", type = "spreadsheet") #> Created Drive file: #> • SuperCalc <id: 11B3elVBBPEtXESgPqqZxKagOKFlUn3IwJZUQG4qmfBM> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet # Yet another way to create a new file in a folder, # this time specifying parent `path` as a character drive_create("Lotus 1-2-3", path = "b4xl", type = "spreadsheet") #> Created Drive file: #> • Lotus 1-2-3 <id: 1velMwoAcWBAlrqj4O4Z7OnIGHUXI1OHr3Ekefn8WF5g> #> With MIME type: #> • application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet # Did we really create those Sheets in the intended folder? YES drive_ls("b4xl") #> # A dribble: 3 × 3 #> name id drive_resource #> <chr> <drv_id> <list> #> 1 Lotus 1-2-3 1velMwoAcWBAlrqj4O4Z7OnIGHUXI1OHr3Ekefn8WF5g <named list > #> 2 SuperCalc 11B3elVBBPEtXESgPqqZxKagOKFlUn3IwJZUQG4qmfBM <named list > #> 3 VisiCalc 1i-eD-MtraFbtJ1pZ9CdtJ8BSJdvTsKb1dbgHl55fosA <named list > # `overwrite = FALSE` errors if file already exists at target filepath # THIS WILL ERROR! drive_create("VisiCalc", path = b4xl, overwrite = FALSE) #> Error: 1 item already exists at the target filepath and `overwrite = FALSE`: #> • VisiCalc <id: 1i-eD-MtraFbtJ1pZ9CdtJ8BSJdvTsKb1dbgHl55fosA> # `overwrite = TRUE` moves an existing file to trash, then proceeds drive_create("VisiCalc", path = b4xl, overwrite = TRUE) #> File trashed: #> • VisiCalc <id: 1i-eD-MtraFbtJ1pZ9CdtJ8BSJdvTsKb1dbgHl55fosA> #> Created Drive file: #> • VisiCalc <id: 1Qpvxm4CsJecwE1Kr9ms-lv1GwskQi3Gx> #> With MIME type: #> • application/octet-stream # Clean up drive_rm(wordstar, b4xl, execuvision) #> Files deleted: #> • WordStar <id: 15PojoZnx-_IapJGaJutHqYhjQYSf1R49tC--aTzw-_I> #> • b4xl <id: 1ocCvRk9coKS-pWtzEvMfUSBPI6ZXkmeE> #> • ExecuVision <id: 1wuc0lwflN9rYXuRmtsmeKfuoWP4PS51LYcK3t7A3pxE>