Connecting GenomeSpace to Google Drive

The GenomeSpace team is pleased to announce that you can now connect your GenomeSpace account to your Google Drive account. This gives you an additional option for accessing and analyzing files you have stored in the cloud.

Instructions to connect are detailed in screenshots below. Briefly, to connect your GenomeSpace and Google Drive accounts:

  1. Select Connect>Google Drive in the menu bar and click Submit.
  2. Tell Google that GenomeSpace is allowed to access your files.

Approving access creates a new folder in Google Drive named "GenomeSpacePublic". GenomeSpace will operate exclusively on files and folders within GenomeSpacePublic, ignoring everything else in Google Drive. Place any data files you want to access from GenomeSpace tools under this folder.

Please be aware the GenomeSpacePublic folder is created with "Public on the web" Google Drive permissions. This permission level allows anyone to access the contents of the folder via search results or the web address. If you have sensitive data that you would like to use from GenomeSpace data tools, we recommend you place it under your GenomeSpace home directory, in a GenomeSpace-mounted Dropbox account, or in an Amazon S3 bucket.

Detailed instructions to connect GenomeSpace with Google Drive

First, select Connect>Google Drive in the menu bar.

Next, select the privileges GenomeSpace can have in Google Drive. This can be Read only, but choose Read and Write if you want GenomeSpace to be able to send files into your Google Drive folders.

When you click Submit in this dialog, a new window will open to the Google Drive site for the next step.  Note that if you have a popup blocker enabled on your browser, you have to allow this popup window to be opened.

If you are not already logged in to Google, the Google window will ask you to login.


Google then asks you to confirm that you want to allow GenomeSpace access your Google account.  Click Accept.

When you allow GenomeSpace access to your Google Drive account, GenomeSpace will connect to Google Drive and create a new folder in your GenomeSpace home directory.

After this, you can copy files between GenomeSpace and Google Drive and send files directly from Google Drive to any of the GenomeSpace tools. 

If you want to disconnect Google Drive from GenomeSpace, right-click on the Google Drive folder and select Disconnect.

For information on how to connect to your Dropbox account, refer to the Adding Dropbox page of the User Guide.

For information on how to connect to Amazon S3 buckets, refer to the Adding an Amazon S3 Bucket page of the User Guide.