Nowadays I am writing a WordPress plugin that involves accessing and upload file to google drive programmatically.
This process implies the following steps:
- request an authorization code from the Google Authorization Server
- get the authorization code and then use it to send a POST request in order to obtain an access token from the Google Authorization Server
- use the access token and upload the file
The authorization sequence looks like this:
Of course, you can do all of these much simple by using the Google Client Library but I don't like this approach because it implies an external dependency and perhaps a complex chain of classes that are not really necessary (just convince yourself by reading my PHP example below).
Below you can find a simplified approach of the above idea. It is a PHP code that encompasses the following blocks:
- a function that launches the authentication process
- a function that requests the authorization code
- a function that requests the access token
- a function that stores and/or load the access token to/from a local file
- a function that returns either the access token or, in case it is expired, the refresh token
- a function that uploads a file to the Google Drive associated to that access token
- Read more about Google Drive Web APIs here.
- Read more about Authorizing Your App with Google Drive here.
- Read more about Using OAuth 2.0 to Access Google APIs here.
- Read more about API for Upload Files to Google Drive here.
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