Autodrive is designed to make it as easy as possible to interact with the Google Drive and Sheets APIs via Python. It is especially designed to provide as much assisstance as possible through intellisense hints and autocompletion, as well as through thorough type checking and hinting. These features are currently optimized for VSCode, which you can download here if you wish. They should also work in other Python IDEs.


Python 3.8+


Google API Credentials

Follow the steps outlined in the Prerequisites section here. Download and save the credentials.json file to the working directory you want to use Autodrive in.

First Connection

To test that your credentials provide the expected connection to your Google Drive account, simply instantiate an Autodrive Drive instance:

from autodrive import Drive

drive = Drive()

If your credentials file was saved as credentials.json, your browser should automatically open and prompt you to authorize the GCP project you created to access your Google Drive. Click the various Allow prompts it will show you to complete your first connection. After you see the browser switch to a page indicating you can close the process, you should see a gdrive_token.pickle file added to the working directory you saved your credentials.json file in. Next time you use an Autodrive element that needs to connect to your Drive, this token will be used and you will not be prompted to authorize access again until it expires.


The Drive class provides methods for finding and creating objects in your Google Drive, such as Folders or Sheets.

gsheet = drive.create_gsheet("my-autodrive-gsheet")

Finding IDs

If you use Drive to search for your Sheets and Folders, you don't need to supply the GSheet or Folder IDs yourself, but if you know exactly what Sheet you want, then you can directly instantiate a GSheet or folder by pulling the necessary info from the object's url.

For example, if your Sheet's url looks like this:

Simply copy/paste the id (in green, above) between /d/ and /edit# as the gsheet_id:

from autodrive import GSheet

gsheet = GSheet(gsheet_id="19k5cT9Klw1CA8Sum-olP7C0JUo6_kMiOAKDEeHPiSr8")

Tabs: Because Google calls spreadsheets "Sheets", and their api also refers to the individual sub-sheets in a spreadsheet as "Sheets", Autodrive instead refers to them as "Tabs" for clarity.

For a tab, you can get the tab_id from:

from autodrive import Tab

tab = Tab(

For a folder:

from autodrive import Folder

folder = Folder(folder_id="1wLx-KMG2jO498xa5ZumB-SEpL-TwczZI", name="Test Folder")

Reading and Writing

You can easily download and write data from a Google Sheet using the GSheet, Tab, or Range views.

# Fetches all the data in all cells of the tab:

# Writes 8 cells (2 rows of 4 columns, starting in cell A1) to the tab:
        [1, 2, 3, 4],
        [5, 6, 7, 8],

GSheet and Range have very similar methods, and all of them allow you to read and write data to only a specific range in the Google Sheet. See the Documentation for more.