Jeffrey’s “Export to Google Drive” Lightroom Plugin

This plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic allows you to export images from Lightroom directly to your Google Drive account.

Warning: This plugin may cease to work after mid-April, 2024. Google is pushing new "app verification" processes that are fairly onerous for a simple one-man (mostly retired) shop like me. Their communication and their app-configuration sites, complex to understand and navigate during the best of times, seems particularly troublesome this time. We'll see.

This plugin works in Lightroom Classic, and older versions as far back as Lightroom 3 (though some features depend on the version of Lightroom).

The same download works for both Windows and Mac. See the box to the upper right for the download link (in orange) and installation instructions.

Please see the FAQ and known issues before reporting bugs.

It supports both Export and Publish.

Google Photos

This plugin works with Google Drive, not Google Photos; you can upload to Google Photos with my Google Photos plugin (though be warned that Google's support for this is currently quite limited).

Folder-Count Limitations

The way the plugin works with Google's API makes the plugin inappropriate for users with many (hundreds and thousands) of folders. As the folder count goes up, initial authentication to Google takes longer and longer, and at some point a too-high count as been reported to lock up Lightroom. )-:


This plugin is distributed as “donationware”. I have chosen to make it available for free — everyone can use it forever, without cost of any kind — but unless registered, its functionality is somewhat reduced after six weeks.

Registration is done via PayPal, and if you choose to register, it costs the minimum 1-cent PayPal fee; any amount you'd like to add beyond PayPal's sliding fees as a gift to me is completely optional, and completely appreciated.

Note: a Lightroom major upgrade, such as from Lr10 to Lr11 de-registers the plugin in the upgraded version, so if you want to maintain registration, a new ($0.01 if you like) registration code is needed in the upgraded version. It makes for a hassle every couple of years, I know. Sorry. See this note for details.

For details on plugin registration and on how I came into this hobby of Lightroom plugin development, see my Plugin Registration page.

Privacy Policy

Google requires that I have a stated privacy policy, so here it is: I respect your privacy.

With one exception mentioned below, the plugin keeps all your Google data between you and Google, and it's never sent to me or anyone else unless you go out of your way to share it (e.g. by explicitly sending me plugin logs or an email). If you do choose to send me something, I respect your privacy.

The plugin stores your Google data mostly in the Lightroom catalog, and partially in Lightroom's preferences file. Data may appear in the plugin log file maintained by Lightroom on your system. The log file is cleared out each time Lightroom starts or the plugin is reloaded, and can be manually cleared via Lightroom's plugin manager.

The one exception mentioned above is that during the process of authenticating the plugin (giving it permission to upload photos on your behalf to your own Google account), technical limitations at Google require the process to momentarily pass through my web site's servers. The data in this step is used only in furthering Google's authentication process, and is neither logged on my server nor shared with anyone.

Unrelated to your photos or your personal data, the check for plugin updates process passes along anonymous system statistics: what version of the plugin is currently installed, what version of Lightroom is being used, and whether the plugin is being run on Windows or a Mac; no Google data is involved in this.

Version History
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Work around a bug in Lightroom 11.2 that causes publishing to get stuck. The workaround is to switch the view away from the collection being published. If the user does that switch manually, the bug goes away. This plugin update notices if the bug is being triggered, and if so, momentarily switches the view to the quick collection and back.

Removed a bunch of debug logging that was slowing down the LUA token.Newline


Work around a Lightroom "lua_gettop( L ) == 1" bug.


Added the WEEKNUM token, along with DAYNUM, weeknum, and daynum.

Whack-a-mole with PayPal's random changes.


Warn when PayPal seems to have given a bogus code in the web-confirmation page.


Work around a Google bug that stops Team Drive folders from showing up.


Updated to allow use of Team Drive (maybe)

Fixed that the Province template token did not respect the plugin-specific geo-privacy settings.

Fixed an issue with the {Newline} token, and added {Comma}, {Hyphen}, and {Space} for good measure.

Fixed a problem with filters on the {Keyword} token.


Added 'separated by' to the People token.

Added the ImageViewDirection and ImageViewBearing tokens.

Reworked the Keywords token to better accept filters.

working around 'constant table overflow' error


Added the PF filter to turn typographic fractions into plain-ASCII fractions.


Updates for Lr10

Added the SpeedKnots token.

Worked around an "unknown key captureTime" error.

Added the {PlusCode} and {GeoHash} tokens.


Handle the "All Except Camera & Camera Raw Info" metadata option WRT geoprivacy.

Work around a Windows bug related to canceling out of the registration dialog.

Some of the filename-related tokens could be incorrect in rare situations.

Added some extra debug logging to note whether the plugin is enabled.


Added the LensInfo template token.

Updated the Exposure token to allow customization.

More token work: added {Urls}, and updated {ISO} and {Copyright} to allow customization.

Added the {RelativeFolder} token.


Fixed the SST1 and SST2 tokens.


Updated the PublishCollectionName token (and CollectionNames and CollectionFullNames) to remove the MIRROR: prefix from the name that mirrored collections within my Collection Publisher plugin automatically get.


When not logged in, make it more clear what you're not logged into, and how to fix it.

Updated the alphabetical sort to be "sorta-smart alphabetical sort", whereby names that differ only by a number are sorted numerically. For example, "album2" properly falls between "album1" and "album3", but "album20" falls after. The former straight-up alphabetical sort put "album20" before "album3", which is ugly and unpractical.

Added the PEOPLE variable to the LUA token.

Fixed a problem with the SpeedKPH token.

Finally figured out the “Assertion failed: packed” error.

Added TempC and TempF to the template tokens that my plugins understand.

Added the TempC and TempF tokens.

Updated the keyword-related tokens to accept standard filters.

Work around a bug that sometimes causes plugins to be disabled when starting Lightroom via clicking on a catalog file.

Fix an "Unknown key: captureTime" crash.

Added the GPSCoords token.

Fixed a problem related to template tokens and photos without capture times.

Added functions uc(), ucFirst(), lc(), and lcFirst() to the LUA token.


Make the template-editing window a big bigger in the caption editor.


Updates for Lr8 (Lightroom Classic CC Version 8).

Added the special PP() function to the {LUA} token.

Added hierarchical options to the Keywords token.

Try to work around a Lightroom bug related to photo timezones and how Lightroom handles accessing plugin data.


Added the 'nicknames' modifier to the {People} token.

Added the SST1, SST2, and SS3 tokens to the template tokens that the plugin understands.

Sometimes Lightroom loses the "Visit At... " link for a publish collection; dig harder to come up with it anyway.

Input fields that accept a location can now handle a What3Words code and a Plus Code.

Added the IptcDateTaken token.

Clicking on the version number in the Plugin Manager now copies version info to the clipboard

Updated the PublishCollectionName token to allow numeric arguments along the lines of the CollectionName token.

Added the folowing template tokens: {home}, {desktop}, {temp}, {pictures}, {documents}

Added the 'PCH' variable to the {LUA} tag.


Fixed a bug when 'Token Examples' invoked in certain situations.

Updated the Keywords token, and added the KWf function to the {LUA} token.

Added the {NonSmartCollectionNames} and {NonSmartCollectionFullNames} tokens to the data templates that my plugins understand.

When encountering catalog corruption, present a better error message.

Added a bunch of token filters: F2D F2S F2X B2D B2S B2X S2X A2D A2S A2X


Oops, more Lr7 stuff.


Updates for Lr7

Better handle some character-encoding issues related to template tokens.

Allow the "If Exists" feature of Templat Tokens to work with the PluginProperty token.

Update registration support to handle a stupid bug at PayPal that PayPal refuses to fix )-:


Fixed a bug introuded the other day in template tokens, related to Windows filenames.


Added the Newline template token.

Enhanced the FolderName token

Added the "only if it has a value" feature to template tokens.


Got around a situation where Lighroom would crash duing an export of large images.

Better dialog real-estate managment for the meatadata section.

Fixed a bug with the keyword tables in the LUA token.

Added Weekday, Wday, weekday, and wday to the list of template tokens that my plugins understand.

Switch the log-sending mechanism to https.

Added "ISO8601Date" to the template tokens that my plugins understand.

Added the following tokens to the template tokens that my plugins understand: Artworks, ArtworkTitle, ArtworkCopyright, ArtworkSource, ArtworkCreator, ArtworkDateCreated, ArtworkInventoryNum


There seems to be a bug at Google whereby they ignore the image description at times, so we now check to see whether the description actually used for a photo is the one we sent, and if not, we send it again. It seems so far that they're not ignoring it when we send it alone (without the photo) the 2nd time.

Some updates to support Lr2. Lr2 is sufficiently old that I will drop support for it soon.

Added the following tokens to the templates that my plugins understand: FileModYYYY, FileModYY, FileModMM, FileModDD, FileModHH, FileModMIN, FileModSS, FileYYYY, FileYY, FileMM, FileDD, FileHH, FileMIN, FileSS, FilenameNumber.


Added ChildOf and DescendantOf filters to the {Keywords} and {KeywordsAll} template tokens that my plugins understand.

Fixed a bug with the 'edit saved credentials' dialog.

Fixed how custom {People} formatting works with people keywords that have no birthday associated with them.

Try to avoid yet another place where Lightroom gets hung because it can't handle certain kinds of dialogs at the same time.

Fix to get around a Mac display issue with Lr6 on OSX.

Added Russian-langauge support for the People-Support {People} tag.


Updated the Caption part of the dialog to show up to three lines of text, and the full text in the tooltip.

Added {SpeedKPH} and {SpeedMPH} to the list of template tokens supported by my plugins.

The {People} token wasn't working properly for some keywords without a registered birthday.


Fixed the "SpecPeople:259: attemt to index al nil value" error.

Clicking on the example caption in the export dialog now brings up a dialog showing the whole example caption, which is useful to see the full thing when it contains multiple lines.

Fixed an assert-failure bug that could happen when editing a collection's settings.


In the POODLE-vunerability dialog, display a raw URL of a page on my site that discusses the issue, so that folks can be independently sure that the dialog is indeed from me and not malware.


Fix to the date_diff() function supported by the LUA template token.

Updated the camera-name code to try to guess the actual camera model of Hasselblad H5D files, since in their infinite wisdom Hasselblad decided to encode three distinct models with the same internal code, making it impossible to know for sure what camera produced a given image file.


Added an "Export Location Override" section to the Publishing Manager dialog (when editing an existing publish service) that allows you to change the Export Location. I don't know why Adobe doesn't let you change it... it seems arbitrary.

Use a compressed view on the Plugin Extras dialog if the screen is not very tall.

Added extra logging to debug why Lightroom might fail to render for export.

20141022.43 Figured out a way, I think, to work around a bug (in Lightroom? Google?) that caused some uploads to fail with "Invalid multipart request with 0 mime parts.".

Google seems to have silently changed their API, and this caused the album list to appear empty for most users. I haven't been able to find any documentation on what changed, but have fudged something that seems to be working.

Windows Only: Add a one-time check for the POODLE security vulnerability, and alert the user if it exists.

20141010.41 Better error reporting with the visit-collection item in Publish.
20140923.40 Added the LrMD5, LrLocalization, LrSystemInfo, and LrMath packages to the {LUA} template token.
20140922.39 When deleting from a publish collection, properly maintain the 'Uploaded to...' metadata field.
20140902.38 New build system

Made the {GPSAltitude}, {Altitude}, and {GPSCoordinates} tokens subject to the geo-privacy settings like the other geo-related tokens.

20140731.36 Registration fix for Lr5.6
20140720.35 More Creative-Cloud support.

Fixed an issue with Creative-Cloud revalidation.


Lr5.5 and later Creative-Cloud installs can now revalidate themselves if needed.

20140710.32 Sigh, had a bug in the Creative-Cloud support.

Now supports Lr5.5+ Creative-Cloud Installs.

20140704.30 Sigh, introduced an error for some folks with the rebuild the other day.
20140630.29 Build-system update

Added date_diff() and raw_time_diff() functions to the special {LUA} token understood by the plugin.


A missing 'automatic destination' could cause the plugin to crash.


Added new tokens to the template language the plugin understands: LrVersion, LrVersionMajor, LrVersionMinor, LrVersionRevision, LrVersionBuild, Location, CatalogName, CatalogPath, OperatingSystem, OS

Added new token filters: NS and LO

20140423.25 Allow raw files to be uploaded as well.

Fixed a bug in the "smoother revalidation" stuff recently added.


Added a new "Location Privacy" section to the Exprt/Publish dialogs.

Updated the location-based tokens in the template language the plugin uses — City, State, Country, Location, Latitude, Longitude — to respect new privacy options in the Export/Publish dialogs, and in the resend-metadata dialog. You can override those options on a case-by-case basis with the evenIfPrivate filter.

Added locationIsPrivate variable to the environment available to the LUA token.

The {Empty} template token wasn't working properly.

Added the ability to refresh Google-Drive urls of previously-uploaded photos.

Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.


Enable a new feature internal to Lr5 for large exports that keeps the CPU from running too far ahead of the upload. Prior to this, Lightroom would go ahead and peg the CPU to pre-render all the images even if they weren't being uploaded at nearly the same speed. Now Lightroom pauses the behind-the-scenes rendering if it has gotten too far ahead of the upload.

Added (to File > Plugin Extras) the ability to check the remote status to see whether uploaded photos are still there, and clear out data from the catalog when they are not.


Gave the Publishing Manager UI some attention on Windows.

Added the “:EMBED” token filter to the template language.

20130926.20 Oops, fix a bug introduced in the previous update

Added a bunch of tokens to the preset templates supported: ExportFormat, ExportColorSpace, ExportBitDepth, ExportQuality, ExportSharpeningLevel, ExportSharpeningMedia, IpernityUrl, GoogleDriveUrl, and TumblrUrl.

The token-examples dialog had been broken. Also deprecated Folder and Path tokens in preference to FolderName and FolderPath tokens.


Work around a Lightroom bug concerning the determination of whether a photo is offline.


Made big updates to the "Export with Smart Previews?" section; you can now pick to be asked whether to export via Smart Previews, and can differentiate between when the Smart Previews are "good enough" for an export and when they are not.

Fixed the KW/KWE tables in template tokens; they had been broken when using load for the script.

Better handle very long user account names, so that the [Logout] button doesn't get cut off of the Export dialog.


Added an "Ask" option to the "Export with Smart Previews?" section, so one can be alerted to the situation at each export.

Moved the "Export with Smart Previews?" dialog section to a more-logical place in the order.


Work around a bug that causes the export-related progress bar to not show up right away.

20130629.14 Removed the "repopulate now" link from the publish-collection list because repopulation is not (yet) supported.
20130613.13 Better support for plugin revalidation.
20130612.12 Creating a new publish album could sometimes fail
20130611.11 Sigh, previous update for Lr5 broke things for the Lr5 beta.
20130611.10 Yet another Lr5 update

Better logging to try to understand catalog-write-access contention under Lightroom's hood.

Remove restrictions on what kind of file Google Drive can accept... they accept anything.


Added the ability in Lr5 to export images even if the master image file is not available, so long as there's a smart preview available.

20130511.7 When creating a publish collection from the context menu, respect the publish service's flat vs. hierarchical naming setting.
20130506.6 Handle the need to reauthorize access after it having been revoked by the user.
20130501.5 Update for Lr5
20130412.4 Previous build didn't load properly.

Can now have Publish collections renamed to match folder names changed at Google.


Handle large lists of folders without crashing.

Show only folders that you have permission to upload to, and that are not in the trash.

Show the name of the owner if it's not you.

The folder refresh is now more efficient.

Allow the list to be sorted by owner.

20130327.1 initial public release.

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do you have any plans for enable lightroom export support for the new google-service ?

Best regards,

It’d be high on my priority list if Google were to release an API for it, but as far as I can tell they haven’t yet. Considering that they haven’t released one for Google Plus yet, it may be a long wait…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel on May 31st, 2015 at 2:00am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have your Google Drive plugin installed on my PC laptop, has been working fine. Just moved my LR6 catalogs from one internal drive to another (D to C, to take advantage of the latter being an SSD and thus faster). Now every time I open LR I am getting the message “Lightroom need to configure your system for the jf Google Drive plug-in.” I either need to say OK or cancel. This was not happening before. How do I make it stop happening?

Steve (California)

Please see this FAQ —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on July 29th, 2015 at 5:36pm JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Will this app work for me if I want to do the following: Use google drive to store my catalog and photos that I use in Lightroom? I don’t have the space to keep them on my internal hard drive . I don’t like using an external HD for anything beyond backup b/c I have to drag it around with me to have access to my photos. I’m new with Lightroom and am looking for a good cloud storage that enables me to keep my raw images on it so that lightroom can readily access them. Is that what this app does? (Sorry in advance for simple minded questions).

No, that’s not what this plugin does. You should consult with a Lightroom-workflow specialist, but I’d guess your best bet would be to use an external hard drive to store the masters, but use Smart Previews in Lightroom so that you don’t have to have the external hard drive attached except when adding new photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by nancy on November 1st, 2015 at 11:01am JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I am interested if your plugin will allow one to preserve the folder hierarchy in google drive? If not, do you have any suggestions that may be of assistance? Thank you.


The easiest way would be to use my Folder Publisher plugin, which is explicitly designed to preserve the folder hierarchy, to write to your local Google Drive folder. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on November 30th, 2015 at 12:38pm JST (8 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to upload to Google Photos instead of Drive?

Not directly; Google has not yet released an API that would allow it. You can get photos onto Google Photos via my PicasaWeb plugin, but they’ve announced that PicasaWeb will shut down soon, so there’s little point in adopting it now. —Jeffrey

— comment by christopher on February 22nd, 2016 at 3:56pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Does your plugin work with Google Photos? If so, how?

Google has no API for third-party software to access Google Photos. Two of my plugins (Google Drive and PicasaWeb) deal with parts of Google, but if and how Google allows those parts to interact with Google Plus, Google Photos, etc. is not something I’ve fully followed. —Jeffrey

— comment by Oliver on May 8th, 2016 at 4:37am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to set up this plugin to mirror my folder hierarchy in Lightroom. (I have my photos organized by year and then subfolders by months).
How do I set up the plug-in to create and publish photos that correspond to my Lightroom folders?
I’ve tried following the set up for Zenfolio (, but I don’t see the “auto dest” button when I try to set up Google Drive plugin.

PS: I use your Picasa plugin and love it. Thanks!

It probably makes more sense to use my Folder Publisher plugin that just happens to write to your Google Drive folder. —Jeffrey

— comment by Noah on June 7th, 2016 at 9:50am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’m getting an error every time I publish to google drive. It says “Unexpected HTTP status from Google: 404.” The plugin was working fin earlier today, but now this is all I get.

A 404 means “page doesn’t exist”… they’re likely just having temporary issues…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott J Simmons on July 6th, 2016 at 5:57am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Great plug-in. I am seeing a possible bug: when I publish an image with a non-empty Caption field, the contents of the Caption is used for the Google Drive “Image Description” regardless of the template selected in the “Metadata Management” panel. When I delete the contents of the caption in LR and re-publish, it goes back to using the correct fields. Seems like Caption is stomping on all other fields at publish time.

Indeed, it seems so. Good find. Google simply seems to be ignoring the description that the plugin sends. It turns out that if I resend the metadata (without the image), it takes it, so I have the plugin do that now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ewan on August 23rd, 2016 at 9:18am JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Just started using the plugin… works great!

By the way, some of the picture I want to upload has gone in a wrong status: the metadata “uploaded to google” stated “yes” and there is the picture URL, but the file is not available on Google Drive, so any attempt to upload these files give a 404 error.

I cannot manually change plugin metadata so I don’t know how to solve. Can you please give an help?


You can clear out the entry for these photos via “File > Plugin Extras > Google Drive Extras > Clear” —Jeffrey

— comment by emmeerre on September 4th, 2016 at 2:05am JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
This plug-in seems very interesting for me. However it takes a very long time when I edit settings. The Lightroom Publishing Manager window opens, but it shows “no answer” for a very long time; during all this time Lightroom is totally blocked. After several minutes everything gets normal. I have the feeling that during all this time the plug-in is scanning my Google Drive folders, but this is just a feeling: I really don’t know. Is it normal to have this very long waiting time ?
Michel (from France)

I’m not sure exactly what “no answer” means, but what you describe sounds unexpected, and like a bug in Lightroom. You should be able to interact with the Publishing Manager immediately. Does it happen with a fresh, empty catalog? Does it happen when using one of the built-in plugins? —Jeffrey

— comment by Michel D on September 6th, 2016 at 1:19am JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to allow for different resolutions to be uploaded to different folders in drive? I have one folder for lower res and one for higher res?

Yes, if you make another Publish Service (and replicate the folder hierarchy inside). Unfortunately, you can’t do it from within a single Publish Service. —Jeffrey

— comment by Aaron Spain on September 12th, 2016 at 2:37pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Just updated and registered, restarted.
When I try to upload to G Drive, I get this message “Lightroom couldn’t render a copy from the master image
“/Volumes/ThunderBay IV/LightroomFiles/2016/2016-10-03 Ohio/20161003-313.dng”
because it can’t access the file. Perhaps it’s been deleted or is on a disk that’s currently offline?”
Lightroom itself is fine and the files are where they should be.
Can you help?
Thank you!

It could have been a temporary hiccup… the plugin is just interpreting and presenting the cryptic error message Lightroom itself generates. —Jeffrey

— comment by Harlan Chapman on October 13th, 2016 at 9:55am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I used “Which folder would you like in this Google Drive Publish Service” window with no problem filtering down folder I need to be in my lightroom. But since I moved from Dropbox to Drive recently I have much more folder to filter down now and it takes very long for the list to update (5-10 minutes) for each task. Is there something I can do to speed it up ?

Unfortunately, nothing comes to mind… just try not to refresh the list unless you really need to, I guess. —Jeffrey

— comment by Martin on January 15th, 2017 at 3:28am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. Great plugin – thanks a lot.
Please let me know how I can support this usecase with your plugin.
All my pictures from LR go to Google Photos and show up well. But say I take some pictures today on my iPhone and use the Google Photo App on iPhone to backup the images also to Google Photos. I see them in Google Photos and Drive on website, but there is no reverse connection to bring them back to Lightroom.
I can do this with Lightroom CC and Lightroom iPhone app, but I was trying to see a way by which I can do this using the Google infrastructure so that I don’t have to do CC subscription.
Is this possible?

I’m not familiar with how Google Drive might connect with Google Photos, but do the iPhone photos show up in a local Google Drive folder on your machine? If so, you can just right-click the folder name within Lightroom and “Synchronize Folder”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anup Raje on February 19th, 2017 at 3:54pm JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Google Photos can automatically display photos added to Google Drive (must be enabled under Google Photos settings). This partially can work as a workaround for the PicasaWeb plugin.
As far as i have found out it does not support adding photos to collections and updating or deleting photos (updated photos seem to appear twice in Google Photos, and deleted photos are removed from Google Drive, but seem to remain in Google Photos).

There is also a setting in Google Drive to map photos, that have been directly added to Google Photos under a ‘Google Photos’ Folder in Google Drive.

— comment by Wilhelm Medetz on March 4th, 2017 at 1:31am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I want to export photos to Google Drive in a folder hierarchy. Is this possible? I was trying to but did not seem to get it working.
I am using Lightroom CC.
Very happy with your export plugins to export to iPad and PhotoManager Pro!

Kind regards
Owen Holmstrom

The easiest way to do that is to use my Folder Publisher plugin, targeting a Google Drive folder on your machine. —Jeffrey

— comment by Owen on April 2nd, 2017 at 4:57am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

curious: if you make cool plugins like this LR plugin to everything, for cheaper non-subscription LR knockoffs for windows like Raw Therapee, Photoscape. if you do, i’m all ears. but let me know if you don’t too. thanks.

I don’t, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by wolf max on December 29th, 2017 at 11:31am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’ve been a long time user of your plugin. I have a question about storage capacity on Google Photos. I get 15GB for free and I know that if I upload from my iPhone as “High Quality” rather than “Original,” then I get unlimited storage on Google.
Is there a way to upload photos using the Lightroom uploader that will do something similar, so that it doesn’t go against my 15GB quota?

Everything uploaded via Lightroom goes against your quota; Google doesn’t allow third-party apps to upload in a way that doesn’t eat your quota. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike L. on January 1st, 2018 at 3:05pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Now that Google has opened a publicly-accessible Google Photos API, do you have any plans to develop a plugin for it? That would be so wonderful!

Yes, I’ve been working on it for a while, but the API is not yet sufficient, so it’s still just a hope for the future. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on May 25th, 2018 at 10:02am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffry
I used to export my images in a Google Drive folder named “Lightroom export” but soon I realised I couldn’t see the following subfolders because the name is too long. Now I changed it to “LR Export” in Google Drive. How can I change to name in Lightroom? When I click on “edit folder” I get the message “Sorry, due to a bug in Lightroom edit-collection properties can’t be edited”.

In the Publish Service dialog, check out the “Google Drive: Folders in this Publish Service” section. At the bottom is a “forcefully rename….” option. —Jeffrey

— comment by Nico Kobel on June 11th, 2018 at 7:01pm JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’ve been using your plugins for a long time, but infrequently. I updated the registration a few days ago when the new Lightroom Classic CC was released, and noticed the Drive authorization needed to be renewed. In that process I do receive a token (including a scope), but regardless whether I allow that token to be passed automatically or copy/paste it myself, the plugin freezes – apparently in retrieving the folder list, at least that’s what it tells me. The only way out is a force quit of LR.

Please advise!

Best regards,

Yikes, that’s not good (and shouldn’t even be possible for a plugin to cause Lightroom to freeze, so I worry it might be something broken in your Lightroom install). Please send the log. In the top right section of the plugin manager, use the “Plugin Log: Show” button to see the location of the log. Then after you have to force-quit Lightroom, zip it up and email it to me and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gert Jan Kole on October 20th, 2018 at 12:09am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I have the same problem of Lightroom getting hang when getting the folder list. Any progress on solving it?
(I am using the latest OSX version)

I don’t recall a Lightroom-hang problem. Perhaps send a plugin log when you encounter a problem? —Jeffrey

— comment by Yuval Rakavy on November 4th, 2018 at 5:21am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Good day, I still have the problem with Google Drive export hang after authentication (saying it is getting the directory). I see no way to generate log. If you would like, we can set a team viewer session, so you can check it on my machine. (I understand that the problem is not replicated on your setup).


Log instructions are here. If Lightroom is hanging completely, you can identify the location of the log file ahead of time, and then when things hang, zip it up and mail it to me. —Jeffrey

— comment by Yuval on November 4th, 2018 at 8:05pm JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Google has ‘updated’ me to google drive file stream. does your lightroom plugin work with that? I’d really like to store all my photos and video on google as I’m already paying for that. Phila. PA

It’s my (shaky) understanding that “Google Drive File System” is a layer on top of the normal “Google Drive”, so in this respect, the plugin should work fine with your files, but it may not work with team files. I don’t have any personal experience, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on November 28th, 2018 at 10:28pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to add a folder to Google Drive through Lightroom? Like with Zenfolio?

No, sorry, it currently works only with existing folders. —Jeffrey

— comment by Boaz on November 29th, 2018 at 9:48am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

When I use the jf Google Drive plugin I get “Unexpected HTTP status from Google: 404”, and I can’t upload photos when I hit the “Publish” button. I can’t see any reference to this on the website. I’m able to refresh my folder list etc. Can you suggest a fix?

An HTTP status of ‘404’ means “permission denied”, so maybe you need to reauthenticate to your Google account? I can imagine this happens if you change your password at Google and they revoke access out from under all previously-authentiated apps like the plugin….. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert on May 21st, 2019 at 1:27pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

where is the latest update. its not working now.

Sorry about the delay… I pushed out new versions a few hours after Lr10 was announced. —Jeffrey

— comment by RAOUL C. WEEKES on October 21st, 2020 at 7:38am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Aloha Jeffrey, I’m having trouble when it comes to exporting to google drive. “fetching folder list from google drive’ the time for this is taking forever.

After it seems to have gotten stuck, please send a plugin log and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Heather on November 13th, 2020 at 12:19pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. Thanks for your work. I’m having error #486 when I try to register. Any help?. Thanks

It seems that the receipt number you’re sending is not understood. Perhaps send me an email with a forwarded copy or screenshot of the PayPal receipt? Sorry for the hassles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alvaro on June 6th, 2022 at 5:04am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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