NOTICE: JetBackup 5 is now available in the Stable Tier. For more information, please visit our Jetbackup 5 Documentation.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. It allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. JetBackup uses the Google Drive API to transfer backups to your Google Drive cloud storage.

Using the same Google Drive Instance across multiple JetBackup servers can cause the destination to exceed the user rate limit on your Google API Quota. We recommend creating and configuring one google drive account per each JetBackup server.

G-Suite Shared Drives are currently not supported for the Google Drive Destination.

Step 1 - Configure Google Drive API

Ensure you are signed in with the Google Account you'd like to use.
Click the "CREATE PROJECT" button.

create project


Type in your project name and click the “CREATE” button.

new project


After creating the project, use the search box to search for "Google Drive API".

Google Drive API search


Click "Google Drive API" and the following page will appear, Click "ENABLE"

Google Drive API


After enabling, click the drawer icon left to Google APIs logo -> APIs & services -> OAuth Consent Screen. The consent screen must be configured prior to creating an OAuth Client ID for JetBackup.

Google Drive API Credentials


In the credentials page on the left hand side, click the tab named "OAuth consent screen". You will be directed to a page to Configure the OAuth Consent Screen.

Under "App Name" type the backup product's name, such as "JetBackup". Fill in the "User Support Email" and "Developer Contact Information" fields with your email address. All other fields can be left blank.

Click "Save and Continue" on the bottom to go to the next step.

Initial OAuth consent screen

Now, you will need to configure the "Scopes" for your Project. Scopes control what access your "App" has to your Google Drive. JetBackup will require read and write ability to be able to back up to your Google Drive.

Click the "Add or Remove Scopes" button.

OAuth Add Scopes

Now you should see a "Update Selected Scopes" panel on the right hand side. Please select the following scopes so you can add the Destination to JetBackup.
The first two scopes are required to successfully authenticate when you use "Request Access Code" in a later step.
  • ../auth/userinfo.email - View your email address
  • openid - Associate you with your personal info on Google
  • ../auth/docs - See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files
  • ../auth/drive - See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files

OAuth Added Scopes

You can read more about Scopes here: https://developers.google.com/identity/protocols/oauth2/scopes

Click "Save and Continue".

NOTE: The next step will ask you to add Test Users. You will need to add your email address as a "Test User" to authenticate with Google Drive if you do not move the "Project" out of "Testing" status in the Google Developer Console. You can skip adding a "Test User" by clicking "Publish App" from the Dashboard when complete.

Next, click "Credentials", click the "Create Credentials" button and select "OAuth client ID" in the dropdown.

OAuth client ID


Choose "Other" or "TVs and Limited Input devices", type the client's name and then click the "Create" button.

create OAuth client ID


At the OAuth client window, click "OK".

OAuth client


Click the download icon at the edge of the OAuth 2 client ID. This will download a JSON file which you will use later.

OAuth client JSON file

Step 2 Create a backup destination

  1. Specify "Destination Type" as "Google Drive".
  2. Write a name for your destination.
  3. Open the JSON file you previously downloaded with Notepad, copy the content and paste it in "OAuth 2.0 Client" text box.
  4. Click the "Request Access Code" button, for a Google approval window to appear.
  5. Copy the access code and paste it to the "Access Code" text area.
  6. Click the "save" button.
Example configuration page for the destination:

create google drive destination

Destination Name

A generic name for your internal ease of use, so it will be easier to recognize the backup destination roll, in case you have more than one. Max length is 40 characters.


Choose Backup Engine

JetBackup will need to index and read files from this destination. Since each backup engine has it's own file structure, JetBackup will need to know what to look for in the destination when indexing the backups.

Selecting cPanel as the Backup Engine allows JetBackup to index cPanel generated backups on the destination which allows you and your clients access and restore from these backups through the JetBackup interface. For full incremental backups generated with the cPanel Engine, JetBackup intelligently indexes these backups to its appropriate parts(Databases, Emails etc.) allowing you and your clients to restore full and individual parts of the backup.

With this option selected, you can schedule when to reindex the destination for backups. It is recommended to schedule it after the cPanel backup is done to ensure the most accurate data.

Please note that this does not let JetBackup generate backups using the cPanel Engine.


Backup Directory

This will be our starting point when accessing this destination.
Make sure to not start with "/".
Write your path to where you want the backup to be stored.
You can leave the backup directory empty if you want that the backup will be stored in the main directory.


Free Disk Space Limit

This option checks if the destination's disk space has reached the specified limit before it executes the backup. When enabled, JetBackup will not perform the backup when the used disk space is over the specified limit.


OAuth 2.0 Client

Provide the google drive OAuth 2.0 client json file contents.


Authentication Type

Authentication may be OAuth 2.0 with AccessCode or Service account without AccessCode.


Access Code

The authentication pop-up code.