Accessing CSV in Google Drive with URL

Hi everyone,

I’m fairly new to Knime and I apologize if this question was asked before, but I couldn’t find an answer.
I’m looking to read a CSV or XLS files stored on Google Drive.
I would like to access the files via a URL since the workflow could be run by different machines.

I am assuming that an authentication process will be required since the files are not public.
What would be the best method to access these files? Would a REST service using Google API work?



Maybe this can help you:


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Hi @david_tran

did you give our google sheet integration a try?
In theory it is constructed to directly read the google sheet files, but maybe this works for csv as well.

You can find an example how to use it from @ScottF here

Best, Iris

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Thanks armingrudd for your suggestion.I would preferred a solution that doesn’t require permanent storage. Would there be a solution where Knime would read the CSV with a URL and temporarily store in the local machine?

Ideally, I’d like Knime to simply read the files each time we run the flow. I am trying to figure out how to configure the authentication part though. :thinking:


You can follow this approach:

This way you can connect to Google Drive and download the files, read and delete the files on local machine after reading them.

Is that what you need?


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Hi there @david_tran,

Yes. Use Create Temp Dir node. Download CSV there and check option to delete directory when the node is reset or the workflow is closed :wink:


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