I want to upload a file to Google Docs with a script, to avoid doing it manually over and over again.

Is there a way to do that simpler than scripting this with a Selenium what would be really fragile?

To avoid XY problem: I have an .ods file on my Lubuntu OS that I want to have regularly copied to my Android phone in human-readable format.

I am not interested in mounting Google Drive - there is a separate question for that and accepted is not giving the ability to manipulate Google Docs.

  • Google Drive seems to have a REST API available for uploads. You could use curl to script it.
    – Haxiel
    Nov 12 '18 at 9:50
  • @Haxiel Thanks! I am now writing a Python script. Can you make an answer that would be basically link to API docs (I may edit in my code into the answer) so I can mark you as the answerer? Nov 24 '18 at 15:28
  • Sure, I'll add a brief answer here pointing to the relevant sections of the API docs.
    – Haxiel
    Nov 24 '18 at 16:06
  • @Haxiel And now, as I have working code I also added it to the answer as promised. I must say that Google API has quite good documentation, at least for people starting to use it. Nov 25 '18 at 9:25

Google Drive provides a REST API which can be used for integration.

Since file uploads are a core part of Google Drive's functionality, the API allows for different types of uploads: simple uploads, multi-part uploads, and resumable uploads. The details can be found at this link: Uploading Files.

Since you are planning to use Python for this task, a quickstart guide for Python is also available, including sample code to get you started.

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