Uploading CSV File as Spreadsheet and Modifying Permissions using Golang


This sample script is for uploading CSV file as Spreadsheet and modifying permissions using Golang.

I think that the detail information of google-api-go-client is a bit little. The sample scripts are so little. It retrieves most information from only godoc and GitHub. So I publish such sample scripts here. If this is useful for you, I’m glad.

Important points :

  1. Give mimeType of file that it wants to upload to options of Media(r io.Reader, options ...googleapi.MediaOption).
  2. In order to give options, use googleapi.ContentType().
  3. Give mimeType of file that it wants to convert, when it uploads it to Google Drive, to file of Create(file *File).
  4. In order to give file, use &drive.File{}.
  5. For installing permissions, use &drive.Permission{}. Each parameter is the same to them for Python.

This sample script uses Quickstart. So in order to use this sample script, at first, please do Step 1 and Step 2 of the Quickstart.

Sample script :

package main

import (


func getClient(ctx context.Context, config *oauth2.Config) *http.Client {
    cacheFile := "./go-quickstart.json"
    tok, err := tokenFromFile(cacheFile)
    if err != nil {
        tok = getTokenFromWeb(config)
        saveToken(cacheFile, tok)
    return config.Client(ctx, tok)

func getTokenFromWeb(config *oauth2.Config) *oauth2.Token {
    authURL := config.AuthCodeURL("state-token", oauth2.AccessTypeOffline)
    fmt.Printf("Go to the following link in your browser then type the "+
        "authorization code: \n%v\n", authURL)
    var code string
    if _, err := fmt.Scan(&code); err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to read authorization code %v", err)
    tok, err := config.Exchange(oauth2.NoContext, code)
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to retrieve token from web %v", err)
    return tok

func tokenFromFile(file string) (*oauth2.Token, error) {
    f, err := os.Open(file)
    if err != nil {
        return nil, err
    t := &oauth2.Token{}
    err = json.NewDecoder(f).Decode(t)
    defer f.Close()
    return t, err

func saveToken(file string, token *oauth2.Token) {
    fmt.Printf("Saving credential file to: %s\n", file)
    f, err := os.Create(file)
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to cache oauth token: %v", err)
    defer f.Close()

func main() {
    ctx := context.Background()
    b, err := ioutil.ReadFile("client_secret.json")
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to read client secret file: %v", err)
    config, err := google.ConfigFromJSON(b, drive.DriveScope)
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to parse client secret file to config: %v", err)
    client := getClient(ctx, config)
    srv, err := drive.New(client)
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Unable to retrieve drive Client %v", err)

    // Upload CSV and convert to Spreadsheet
    filename := "sample.csv"                                       // File you want to upload
    baseMimeType := "text/csv"                                     // mimeType of file you want to upload
    convertedMimeType := "application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet" // mimeType of file you want to convert on Google Drive

    file, err := os.Open(filename)
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Error: %v", err)
    defer file.Close()
    f := &drive.File{
        Name:     filename,
        MimeType: convertedMimeType,
    res, err := srv.Files.Create(f).Media(file, googleapi.ContentType(baseMimeType)).Do()
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Error: %v", err)
    fmt.Printf("%s, %s, %s\n", res.Name, res.Id, res.MimeType)

    // Modify permissions
    permissiondata := &drive.Permission{
        Type:               "domain",
        Role:               "writer",
        Domain:             "google.com",
        AllowFileDiscovery: true,
    pres, err := srv.Permissions.Create(res.Id, permissiondata).Do()
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatalf("Error: %v", err)
    fmt.Printf("%s, %s\n", pres.Type, pres.Role)

Result :

sample.csv, ### file ID on Google Drive ###, application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet
domain, writer

References :

Also I got the information for this sample from godoc and GitHub of google-api-go-client.

I have answered this at stackoverflow.