How to Force Download Files from Google Drive


Force Download from Google Drive - Google Drive is only second to Dropbox and you can easily upload and share files using the awesome cloud storage service. In Google Drive, you can pretty much upload and share almost any and all sorts of files. Moreover, you can collaborate with your team members on editing and modify these uploaded files.

That being said, Just like in Dropbox, there is no easy way to download files or docs from Google Drive as it can pretty easily handle most of the common file types and displays or renders them directly in your browser. Though this is convenient in most cases, this may be a pain if you want people to download your files instead of viewing them right in their browser.

So if you ever want to download files from Google drive, here is a simple tip to force Google Drive to let users download the file instead of rendering them inside the browser.

Related: How to Remote Upload Files to Google Drive

Force Download Files From Google Drive

1. To make this trick happen, all you have to do is change the URL structure of the shared file.

2. For instance, the below URL is a PDF document of Windows 8 shortcuts that we published earlier. If you follow the link below, Google Drive will automatically render and display the PDF document in your browser (if your browser is supported) rather than letting you download it.
Force Download Files from Google Drive - Copy ID
Force Download Files from Google Drive - Copy ID

3. Now, to force download the file from the Google Drive, all you have to do is to copy the "file ID" from the above URL and paste it in the below URL format.

4. Once you have pasted the file ID, the final URL will look something like the below one. Now if you follow the link, the file starts to download instead of rendering inside your browser.
Force Download Files from Google Drive - Enter New URL
Force Download Files from Google Drive - Enter New URL

That's all there is to do and it is that simple to force download files from Google Drive.

Related: How to See the Number of Files in a Google Drive Folder

Hopefully, that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using this simple tip to force download file from Google Drive.


  1. Thanks, that helped a ton. Previously, I would have to read the PDF documents online, with this trick I can now download them to store locally.

  2. “Sorry, the owner hasn’t given you permission to download this file.

    Only the owner and editors can download this file. If you’d like to download it, please contact the owner.”

    I suppose it would work otherwise :((

  3. I solved it different way. I use opera 49.0 and couldnt download it by using right click. Instead, I click on “get shearable link” copy it to the new tab and then in the right-hand corner I click on download icon. It redirect me to new page where I can actualy download it.

  4. I try this but instead of directly download file to my computer, the download pop-up box pop in. How to prompting a download pop-up box.

    • If the file is big then Google Drive cannot scan it for viruses or malware. So you will see a warning pop-up. You cannot do anything. You can have to manually click on the “Download Anyway” button.

      • Thank you for your answer. By the way the pop-up box i mention is the save as box to select location where you want the file to save. Is there any way that i get rid of that box and just force download file to my download folder.

  5. Is is possible to force make a copy file?
    This way (/edit -> /copy) is not work. (It was work in but not


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