From here I know how to build a a basic service connection.

And that's fine in simple authentication cases but how do I do this for OAuth services?

Even more specifically, how can I do this for Google Drive?


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See this for the main issue that made it take so long to get this up

If you just want the service connection you can get it like this:



So this turned out to be a bit of a bear to get the details right for, but not terribly complex once they're dealt with.

Mathematica's built-in OAuth package has some inline docs which are helpful, but there was a lot of trial an error too.

Mostly, we need to provide the following parameters in the "ClientInfo" field (i.e. the one that lays-out how to implement the authentication):


Which is the endpoint from which we pass our auth code.

For google this is: "https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/v2/auth"


The endpoint from which we get the auth token after obtaining an auth code.

For google this is: "https://www.googleapis.com/oauth2/v4/token"


The standard OAuth redirect URI. I set this up like so (well I put in a helper function in my template package that implements this at run time):


Note that this is maybe even easier to do by creating a ChannelObject to redirect to -- alternatively we could do something more than just display our auth code with the APIFunction too.

Then we need both




I have an encoded keychain mechanism (implemented with Encode) built into my standard suite of tools so I just save these here.

You get these by registering an application at https://console.developers.google.com. I made one called MathematicaLink, but, alas, I can't share the client secret (literally -- Google doesn't allow this). Also see the answer here for a quick rundown on how to get that.

The last thing one needs for OAuth2 is a scope. This seems not to be adequately handled by the standard dialog so I had to cook this in myself.

But first, we'll need the "AuthenticationDialog" parameter:

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We mostly just use the standard built-in token dialog, but notice the gooledriveauthorizationendpointurl. The OAuth client seems to pass an incorrect "scope" (it's blank). So that function will need to re-parse the passed URL and correct the scope. It's simple, but I generalized and so my block of code is more than I want to put there.

Then since we've passed all the requisite junk the OAuthSigning` package will operate correctly (for those interested in just getting tokens via this method that's where you'll want to dig around. Check out OAuthSigning`Private`OAuthFlow to see how to get an access token from all of this data).

So here's a quick auth example rundown.

First the basic auth dialog:

token dialog

Before that opens, if I'm coming from a fresh restart, it asks me for my keychain password (because of how I set it up -- not implemented by the OAuth` package), but otherwise just opens that. Follow the link, choose the appropriate Google account and approve:


When I do this it routes to the redirect URI started with StartWebServer:

web server port

I copy that key in:


And the OAuth package takes care of the rest.

service object

And then just checking that the access token is being handled correctly:

In[11]:= $gd["ListFiles"]["files", All, "id"] // Normal // First

Out[11]= "1CfpLOne3LRBHXPFRNtlzjujuq66qIzX47ezNdr_XPls"

I'll get this paclet up for public consumption after I provide access to more than just the files API and make sure uploads work (I remember from a previous implementation of a Google Drive connection that it was a bit hairy -- hopefully the ServiceConnect framework smooths that out).

  • $\begingroup$ I installed the packlet PacletInstall["ServiceConnection_GoogleDrive", "Site"->"http://www.wolframcloud.com/objects/b3m2a1.paclets/PacletServer" ] to run MMA codes placed in Google Drive. But after installation, I do not know what to do to run the codes in GoogleDrive. I receive the message: Paclet[ServiceConnection_GoogleDrive,1.0.2, <>] . Can you guide me step by step what to do next? Thank you. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 22:06

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