Google Drive: Failure when crawling private folders
Posted by pspzockerscene psp, Last modified by pspzockerscene psp on 16 September 2021 01:36 PM

Google Drive: Failure when crawling private folders

JDownloader is currently unable to crawl private Google Drive folders e.g. ones which are only shared for you (private files are downloadable as long as you've added your Google account to JD!).
Adding your Google account to JDownloader won't help either when trying to download private folders.

If you are unsure whether the folder URL you're trying to add to JD is private or public, you can do the following to find this out:

  1. Open a new private browser tab or log out of your current google account in your existing browser session.
  2. Open the folder URL again:
    If you can still view the folder, it is publicly shared and JD should be able to handle it.
    If it is a private folder, Google will usually ask you to login at this point in which case you'd need to follow the steps below.

Possible workarounds:

  1. Ask the person who shared the private folder with you to share it as a public folder (link sharing which is not restricted to a specified google account).
    This is safe as long as you're the only person who knows the URL.
  2. Import/copy the privately shared folder into your own Google account and then share it as a public folder.
    As long as you're the only one who knows the URL to a public folder no one else will be able to access it.
    Once you've downloaded it, you can revoke the public URL in your Google Drive file manager.
  3. In case you only need a hand full of files of that public folder:
    Navigate to those and add them one after one to JD
    Again: files, not folders! Single file URLs look like this:
    You will be able to download single private files just fine as long as the Google account with the appropriate rights is added to JD!
  4. If none of this works, you can still manually download that folder:
    Open it in your browser, click on the small downward pointing arrow next to the folder name -> Download
    This way you can download all contents of a folder with one click.

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