File upload using doPost on Google Web Apps

File upload using HTML form in GAS project


  1. Following scripts have to be made into a project of Google Apps Script.

  2. Deploy the GAS project as a web application. Ref

  3. After updated the script, it has to be updated as a new version.

Form.html :

      <input type="file" name="imageFile">
      <input type="button" value="ok" onclick="">


function doGet() {
  return HtmlService.createHtmlOutputFromFile('Form.html');

function upload(e) {
  var destination_id = '#####'; // Folder ID of destination folder

  // Reference :
  // You can use 'application/pdf', 'image/bmp', 'image/gif', 'image/jpeg' and 'image/png'.
  var contentType = 'image/jpeg';
  var img = e.imageFile;

  var destination = DriveApp.getFolderById(destination_id);
  var img = img.getAs(contentType);

When you set ‘image/jpeg’ as “contentType” and upload png file, the uploaded image file is converted to jpeg file and saved it to the destination folder.

File upload from local PC

For the Web API of Google HTML service, cannot “multipart/form-data” be used from local HTML form? Although I investigated it and tried various methods of file upload using “multipart/form-data”, all of them didn’t work. So I thought other method which is file upload without “multipart/form-data”. Of course, if you use Drive API, file upload can be easily done. But I wanted to achieve the file upload using Web API of Google HTML service. I think that this is self-satisfaction.


  1. Following GAS has to be made into a project of Google Apps Script.

  2. Deploy the GAS project as a web application. Ref

  3. After updated the script, it has to be updated as a new version.


This script is very simple sample. It uploads image files of bmp, gif, jpeg, png and svg. When you want to upload other files, please change following script.

function doGet(e) {
  return message("Error: no parameters");

function doPost(e) {
  if (!e.parameters.filename || !e.parameters.file || !e.parameters.imageformat) {
    return message("Error: Bad parameters");
  } else {
    var imgf = e.parameters.imageformat[0].toUpperCase();
    var mime =
        (imgf == 'BMP')  ? MimeType.BMP
      : (imgf == 'GIF')  ? MimeType.GIF
      : (imgf == 'JPEG') ? MimeType.JPEG
      : (imgf == 'PNG')  ? MimeType.PNG
      : (imgf == 'SVG')  ? MimeType.SVG
      : false;
    if (mime) {
      var data = Utilities.base64Decode(e.parameters.file, Utilities.Charset.UTF_8);
      var blob = Utilities.newBlob(data, mime, e.parameters.filename);
      DriveApp.getFolderById('FOLDER ID').createFile(blob);
      return message("completed");
    } else {
      return message("Error: Bad image format");

function message(msg) {
  return ContentService.createTextOutput(JSON.stringify({result: msg})).setMimeType(ContentService.MimeType.JSON);

curl :

curl -L \
    -F 'filename=[file name on Google Drive]' \
    -F 'imageformat=[image format (bmp, gif, jpeg, png and svg)]' \
    -F "file=`base64 [upload file]`" \
    '[Current web app URL ([Project ID]/exec)]'

Using “doPost” of Google Web Apps, files cannot be uploaded from local PC, while text data which isn’t a file can be uploaded. So I thought that it converted from image data to base64 data, and upload it. By this, it was found that various files can be uploaded from local HTML form using “doPost” of Google Web Apps.

html form :

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <input type="file" id="file">

    <script type="text/javascript">
            var url = '[Project ID]/exec';
            var params = {
                filename: 'samplefile',
                imageformat: 'PNG'

            $('#file').on("change", function() {
                var file = this.files[0];
                var fr = new FileReader();
                fr.onload = function(e) {
                    params.file =^.*,/, '');

            function postJump(){
                var html = '<form method="post" action="'+url+'" id="postjump" style="display: none;">';
                Object.keys(params).forEach(function (key) {
                    html += '<input type="hidden" name="'+key+'" value="'+params[key]+'" >';
                html += '</form>';