I download a file from the Internet to the google drive folder on my local computer. In this case, the file is first downloaded to my local computer and then uploaded to google's servers from my local computer.

My problem is that my upload speed is very slow, so I would like to find a way of downloading the file directly to google's server first, and only then downloaded to my local computer.


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If you are using Chrome, then Google has released their own extension that can download a file directly to Google Drive: Save to Google Drive. (This worked in 2014, and it's unknown how long it will keep on working.)

More information on using this extension can be found in the article Save Web Pages to your Google Drive.

If you are not using Chrome, you could use this website to do the same: Save Web Files. However, I am not too clear about whether that website can intercept your Google Drive credentials, so I do not know if using it is secure.

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    When I used this extension to try and safe a .PDF file to my Google Drive, it just took a screenshot of the first page of the .PDF file and uploaded it as .PNG and didn't actually upload the .PDF file to Google Drive. This is obviously far less than ideal. Nov 8, 2016 at 10:08
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    That extension actually downloads the font and re-uploads. Just another useless extension
    – Anwar
    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:42
  • Save Web Files have deleted their OAuth key and it now returns a Google 401 error page
    – jarodsmk
    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:11
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    This does not work as of 2018, the extension hasn't been updated in almost 4 years.
    – undo
    Mar 13, 2018 at 16:07

What you want is available here.

Instructions to Download Web files to Google Drive Directly or any cloud storage like Dropbox, Skydrive, etc.

  1. Head over to http://ctrlq.org/save/ enter image description here

  2. Enter the download link in the input box provided.

  3. Click on “Google drive” to start downloading the file to your Google drive storage. Alternatively you can even select from any of the other service such a Skydrive, Dropbox or Box and download the files to these services directly.

  4. On the popup window that papers, click on “Connect to Google Drive” , after which you will be taken to a new page where you need to authorize the app to access your Google drive’s storage. Click on “Accept” to proceed further. enter image description here enter image description here

  5. Finally you will see this page where you need to enter a name for the file to be downloaded and click on “Save As” to save the file to your Google Drive storage. enter image description here

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    – fixer1234
    Dec 20, 2014 at 7:27
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    I used to use this a lot. However, it seems the service is not active anymore
    – Anwar
    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:42
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    Not working. When I click Sign in with Google I get The OAuth client was deleted.
    – Omar
    Dec 10, 2016 at 16:57
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    This doesn't work anymore, as of 2018. Additionally, the website is broken over HTTPS
    – undo
    Mar 13, 2018 at 16:07

None of the existing answers work, as of March 2018.
However, https://savetodrive.net/ is a neat website which allows you to save files to Google Drive, Box or Dropbox from an internet URL. It's simple and free, and doesn't involve a complicated sign-up process.

Note: You must have your ad-blocker disabled in order for the website to work.

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    Neither does this, the "Select a service" selection is broken. Aug 30, 2018 at 11:56
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    Service is down.
    – CodeIt
    Jan 10, 2019 at 13:53

You can use this site http://thoaimedia.com/save/ to save web pages directly to cloud drive (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive).

This is also similar to the page http://ctrlq.org/save/


create a simple HTML spript

save to google drive is a good extension but

but scripting it yourself is fairly easy...


<script src="https://apis.google.com/js/platform.js"></script> 
<div class="g-savetodrive"    data-src="//example.com/path/to/myfile.pdf"   data-filename="My Statement.pdf"    data-sitename="My Company Name"> </div>
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    This doesn't answer the question. The OP asked for a way to upload directly to google drive, and this is from the link you gave ("How does it work?" section): The file is downloaded to the user's browser in parts and uploaded to Google Drive as data is received. Nov 12, 2016 at 5:38

I use this extension: Save to Google Drive.
There you can select any folder on the fly where the file (pdf/jpg) or screenshot of an website should be saved in your Google Drive.


Any browser, no need any extension use cloud transfer for google drive. It will save your file without downloading to your local machine. The smartest one.

  • And how do you access this cloud transfer feature that you speak of? Aug 25 at 15:06

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