Files: copy

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Creates a copy of the specified file. Folders cannot be copied. Try it now or see an example.


HTTP request



Parameter name Value Description
Path parameters
fileId string The ID of the file to copy.
Optional query parameters
convert boolean Whether to convert this file to the corresponding Docs Editors format. (Default: false)
enforceSingleParent boolean Deprecated. Copying files into multiple folders is no longer supported. Use shortcuts instead. (Default: false)
includeLabels string A comma-separated list of IDs of labels to include in the labelInfo part of the response.
includePermissionsForView string Specifies which additional view's permissions to include in the response. Only 'published' is supported.
ocr boolean Whether to attempt OCR on .jpg, .png, .gif, or .pdf uploads. (Default: false)
ocrLanguage string If ocr is true, hints at the language to use. Valid values are BCP 47 codes.
pinned boolean Whether to pin the head revision of the new copy. A file can have a maximum of 200 pinned revisions. (Default: false)
supportsAllDrives boolean Whether the requesting application supports both My Drives and shared drives. (Default: false)
supportsTeamDrives boolean Deprecated use supportsAllDrives instead. (Default: false)
timedTextLanguage string The language of the timed text.
timedTextTrackName string The timed text track name.
visibility string The visibility of the new file. This parameter is only relevant when the source is not a native Google Doc and convert=false.

Acceptable values are:
  • "DEFAULT": The visibility of the new file is determined by the user's default visibility/sharing policies. (default)
  • "PRIVATE": The new file will be visible to only the owner.


This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes:


Some scopes are restricted and require a security assessment for your app to use them. For more information, see the authentication and authorization page.

Request body

In the request body, supply a Files resource with the following properties:

Property name Value Description Notes
Optional Properties
contentRestrictions[].readOnly boolean Whether the content of the file is read-only. If a file is read-only, a new revision of the file may not be added, comments may not be added or modified, and the title of the file may not be modified. writable
contentRestrictions[].reason string Reason for why the content of the file is restricted. This is only mutable on requests that also set readOnly=true. writable
copyRequiresWriterPermission boolean Whether the options to copy, print, or download this file, should be disabled for readers and commenters. writable
description string A short description of the file. writable
id string The ID of the file. writable
indexableText.text string The text to be indexed for this file. writable
labels.starred boolean Whether this file is starred by the user. writable
labels.trashed boolean Whether the file has been trashed, either explicitly or from a trashed parent folder. Only the owner may trash a file. The trashed item is excluded from all files.list responses returned for any user who does not own the file. However, all users with access to the file can see the trashed item metadata in an API response. All users with access can copy, download, export, and share the file. writable
labels.viewed boolean Whether this file has been viewed by this user. writable
lastViewedByMeDate datetime Last time this file was viewed by the user (formatted RFC 3339 timestamp). writable
modifiedDate datetime Last time this file was modified by anyone (formatted RFC 3339 timestamp). This is only mutable on update when the setModifiedDate parameter is set. writable
parents[] list Collection of parent folders which contain this file.

If not specified as part of an insert request, the file will be placed directly in the user's My Drive folder. If not specified as part of a copy request, the file will inherit any discoverable parents of the source file. Update requests can also use the addParents and removeParents parameters to modify the parents list.

properties[] list The list of properties. writable
title string The title of this file. Note that for immutable items such as the top level folders of shared drives, My Drive root folder, and Application Data folder the title is constant. writable
writersCanShare boolean Whether writers can share the document with other users. Not populated for items in shared drives. writable


If successful, this method returns a Files resource in the response body.


Note: The code examples available for this method do not represent all supported programming languages (see the client libraries page for a list of supported languages).


Uses the Java client library.


// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

   * Copy an existing file.
   * @param service Drive API service instance.
   * @param originFileId ID of the origin file to copy.
   * @param copyTitle Title of the copy.
   * @return The copied file if successful, {@code null} otherwise.
  private static File copyFile(Drive service, String originFileId,
      String copyTitle) {
    File copiedFile = new File();
    try {
      return service.files().copy(originFileId, copiedFile).execute();
    } catch (IOException e) {
      System.out.println("An error occurred: " + e);
    return null;

  // ...



Uses the .NET client library.

using Google.Apis.Drive.v2;
using Google.Apis.Drive.v2.Data;

using System.Net;
// ...

public class MyClass {

  // ...

  /// <summary>
  /// Copy an existing file.
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="service">Drive API service instance.</param>
  /// <param name="originFileId">ID of the origin file to copy.</param>
  /// <param name="copyTitle">Title of the copy.</param>
  /// <returns>The copied file, null is returned if an API error occurred</returns>
  public static File CopyFile(DriveService service, String originFileId, String copyTitle) {
    File copiedFile = new File();
    copiedFile.Title = copyTitle;
    try {
      return service.Files.Copy(copiedFile, originFileId).Execute();
    } catch (Exception e) {
      Console.WriteLine("An error occurred: " + e.Message);
    return null;

  // ...



Uses the PHP client library.

 * Copy an existing file.
 * @param Google_Service_Drive $service Drive API service instance.
 * @param String $originFileId ID of the origin file to copy.
 * @param String $copyTitle Title of the copy.
 * @return DriveFile The copied file. NULL is returned if an API error occurred.
function copyFile($service, $originFileId, $copyTitle) {
  $copiedFile = new Google_Service_Drive_DriveFile();
  try {
    return $service->files->copy($originFileId, $copiedFile);
  } catch (Exception $e) {
    print "An error occurred: " . $e->getMessage();
  return NULL;


Uses the Python client library.

from apiclient import errors
# ...

def copy_file(service, origin_file_id, copy_title):
  """Copy an existing file.

    service: Drive API service instance.
    origin_file_id: ID of the origin file to copy.
    copy_title: Title of the copy.

    The copied file if successful, None otherwise.
  copied_file = {'title': copy_title}
    return service.files().copy(
        fileId=origin_file_id, body=copied_file).execute()
  except errors.HttpError, error:
    print 'An error occurred: %s' % error
  return None


Uses the JavaScript client library.

 * Copy an existing file.
 * @param {String} originFileId ID of the origin file to copy.
 * @param {String} copyTitle Title of the copy.
function copyFile(originFileId, copyTitle) {
  var body = {'title': copyTitle};
  var request ={
    'fileId': originFileId,
    'resource': body
  request.execute(function(resp) {
    console.log('Copy ID: ' +;


Uses the Go client library.

import (

// CopyFile copies a file setting a new title on the copy
func CopyFile(d *drive.Service, fileId string,
    title string) (*drive.File, error) {
  f := &drive.File{Title: title}
  r, err := d.Files.Copy(fileId, f).Do()
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("An error occurred: %v\n", err)
    return nil, err
  return r, nil


Uses the Objective-C client library.

#import "GTLDrive.h"
// ...

+ (void)copyFileWithService:(GTLServiceDrive *)service
               originFileId:(NSString *)originFileId
                  copyTitle:(NSString *)copyTitle
            completionBlock:(void (^)(GTLDriveFile *, NSError *))completionBlock {
  GTLDriveFile *copiedFile = [GTLDriveFile object];
  copiedFile.title = copyTitle;

  GTLQueryDrive *query =
    [GTLQueryDrive queryForFilesCopyWithObject:copiedFile fileId:originFileId];
  // queryTicket can be used to track the status of the request.
  GTLServiceTicket *queryTicket =
    [service executeQuery:query
        completionHandler:^(GTLServiceTicket *ticket, GTLDriveFile *file,
                            NSError *error) {
          if (error == nil) {
            completionBlock(file, nil);
          } else {
            NSLog(@"An error occurred: %@", error);
            completionBlock(nil, error);

// ...

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