Django Google Drive Storage

Django Google Drive Storage is a Django Storage implementation that uses Google Drive as a backend for storing data.

Please take note that with this implementation you could not save or load data from a user’s Drive. You can use only a Drive dedicated to a Google Project. This means that:

  • this storage interacts with Google Drive as a Google Project, not a Google User.
  • your project can use Google Drive only through Google Drive SDK. Because no user is associated with this Drive, you cannot use Google Drive User Interface.
  • this storage authenticates with Google using public private keys. See prerequisites for how to obtain it.

Having stated that, with this storage you gain a 15GB space hosted on Google Server where you are able to store data using Django models.


This storage is hosted on PyPI. It can be easily installed through pip:

pip install django-googledrive-storage


Once installed, there are a few steps to configure the storage:

  • add the module gdstorage to your installed apps in your file:
  • create a section in your that contains the configuration for this storage:
# Google Drive Storage Settings

GOOGLE_DRIVE_STORAGE_KEY = '<your private key as a string>'

The GOOGLE_DRIVE_STORAGE_SERVICE_EMAIL should be the email Google assigned to your project, while the GOOGLE_DRIVE_STORAGE_KEY must be the private key as a string obtained by Google.

Since Google will provide you an encrypted p12 file, to obtain the private key you can use the following command:

openssl pkcs12 -in <p12_file> -out <key_file> -nocerts -nodes

You also have to provide the password that Google shows you when the p12 certificate has been created [1].


Django Google Drive Storage is using Django Appconf to handle settings, so you can setup GOOGLE_DRIVE_STORAGE_KEY as an environment variable outside the Django app.

This will increase security to your environment.

Thanks to Johannes Hoppe for his contribution

  • instantiate the storage on you file before using into the models:
from import GoogleDriveStorage

# Define Google Drive Storage
gd_storage = GoogleDriveStorage()


Once configured, it can be used as storage space associated with Django:

class Map(models.Model):
    id = models.AutoField( primary_key=True)
    map_name = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    map_data = models.FileField(upload_to='/maps', storage=gd_storage)

Source and License

Source can be found on GitHub with its included license.


[1]Usually the password used by Google is notasecret but it will eventually changes in future