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(Node.js) Download Text File to a String Variable

This example demonstrates how to download the content of a text file from Google Drive into a string variable.

Install Chilkat for Node.js and Electron using npm at

Chilkat npm packages for Node.js

Chilkat npm packages for Electron

on Windows, Linux, MacOSX, and ARM

var os = require('os');
if (os.platform() == 'win32') {  
    if (os.arch() == 'ia32') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-win-ia32');
    } else {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-win64'); 
    }
} else if (os.platform() == 'linux') {
    if (os.arch() == 'arm') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-arm');
    } else if (os.arch() == 'x86') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-linux32');
    } else {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-linux64');
    }
} else if (os.platform() == 'darwin') {
    var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-macosx');
}

function chilkatExample() {

    var success = true;

    // It requires the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
    // See Global Unlock Sample for sample code.

    // This example uses a previously obtained access token having permission for the 
    // Google Drive scope.

    var gAuth = new chilkat.AuthGoogle();
    gAuth.AccessToken = "GOOGLE-DRIVE-ACCESS-TOKEN";

    var rest = new chilkat.Rest();

    // Connect using TLS.
    // A single REST object, once connected, can be used for many Google Drive REST API calls.
    // The auto-reconnect indicates that if the already-established HTTPS connection is closed,
    // then it will be automatically re-established as needed.
    var bAutoReconnect = true;
    success = rest.Connect("www.googleapis.com",443,true,bAutoReconnect);

    // Provide the authentication credentials (i.e. the access token)
    rest.SetAuthGoogle(gAuth);

    // ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    // To download a file, we must know the file ID.
    // In a previous example (see Build Local Metadata Cache
    // we built a local cache to make it easy to lookup file IDs given a file path.
    // Let's say we want to download "testFolder/abc/123/pigs.json".
    // First we lookup the fileId in the cache.  With the fileId, we can download the file.
    var gdCache = new chilkat.Cache();
    gdCache.Level = 0;
    gdCache.AddRoot("C:/ckCache/googleDrive");

    var fileId = gdCache.FetchText("testFolder/abc/123/pigs.json");
    if (gdCache.LastMethodSuccess !== true) {
        console.log("Filepath not found in cache.");
        return;
    }

    // We need to send a GET request like this:
    // GET https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files/fileId?alt=media
    // The fileId is part of the path.
    var sbPath = new chilkat.StringBuilder();
    sbPath.Append("/drive/v3/files/");
    sbPath.Append(fileId);
    rest.AddQueryParam("alt","media");

    // The FullRequestNoBody returns the file content in the response body.
    var fileContent = rest.FullRequestNoBody("GET",sbPath.GetAsString());
    if (rest.LastMethodSuccess !== true) {
        console.log(rest.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // A successful response will have a status code equal to 200.
    if (rest.ResponseStatusCode !== 200) {
        console.log("response status code = " + rest.ResponseStatusCode);
        console.log("response status text = " + rest.ResponseStatusText);
        console.log("response header: " + rest.ResponseHeader);
        return;
    }

    console.log(fileContent);

    console.log("File downloaded.");

}

chilkatExample();

 

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