Search for shared drives

To search for a specific set of shared drives, use the query string q with drives.list to filter the drives to return.

A query string contains the following three parts:

query_term operator values


  • query_term is the query term or field to search upon. To identify which query terms can be used to filter shared drives, refer to Shared drive query terms.

  • operator specifies the condition for the query term. To identify which operators you can use with each query term, refer to Query operators.

  • values are the specific values you want to use to filter your search results.

The following table shows some example search queries for shared drives:

Description Query string Required useDomainAdminAccess setting
Shared drives with no assigned organizer organizerCount = 0 true
Shared drives with the word 'confidential' in the title and 20 or more members name contains 'confidential' and memberCount >= 20 true
Shared drives created after June 1, 2017 createdTime > '2017-06-01T12:00:00' true
Shared drives visible in the default view hidden = false false

Query multiple terms with parentheses

You can use parentheses to group multiple query terms together. For example, to search for shared drives created after a specific date and that either have more than 5 organizers or more than 20 members, use this query:

createdTime > '2019-01-01T12:00:00' and (organizerCount > 5 or memberCount > 20)

This search returns all shared drives created after January 1st, 2019 and that have more than 5 organizers or more than 20 members.

Drive API evaluates and and or operators from left to right, so the same search without parentheses would return:

  • only shared drives with more than 5 organizers that were created after January 1st, 2019.
  • all shared drives with more than 20 members, even those created before January 1st, 2019.