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Copy an Entire Folder to Another Folder in Google Drive

posted Sep 2, 2019, 11:30 AM by Danny Xu   [ updated Oct 8, 2019, 4:37 PM ]
A method that does not reply on any 3rd-party script is to use Google Colab

1. Mount google drive in Colab
2. Check folder size   !du -s /content/drive/'My Drive/Test'
3. !nohup sh -c "cd /content/drive/'My Drive'; rsync -avhW --no-compress --progress 'Test'/ 'Test Copy'/ >> rsync.log 2>&1"&
4. tail command keep drive from disconnecting                      !tail /content/drive/'My Drive'/rsync.log     
5. Check folder size   !du -s /content/drive/'My Drive/Test Copy'

Copy is only available to Files, not Folders in Google Drive.

To revoke access to Google account:

  1. Go to

  2. Select app you want & click REMOVE button

Read the FAQ and other info on that page. Resume is also an option.


The copying has been paused longer than 2 minutes and it isn't complete. What do I do?

When the app stops, you can use the "Resume" button to restart the copying. When selecting the folder to resume, you must select the in-progress folder, not the original.

For example, if you are creating a copy of "Folder A" called "Copy of Folder A", you should select "Copy of Folder A" when you resume the copying. Selecting the original folder will return an error.

Can I use this app to copy a folder between domains?

Yes! Follow the steps below:
  1. Log into the account that owns the folder ("Account 1")
  2. Share the folder with the domain to which you'd like to copy ("Account 2")
  3. Open an private/incognito window and log into Account 2
  4. Go to the "Shared with me" section, right click the folder, and select "Add to Drive"
  5. Open the app, and select the folder that has been shared
  6. Create a copy and Account 2 will now be the owner

How do I know when it is done?

You will know it is complete when the Copy Log says "Complete" in cell C2. In addition, the cell will highlight green.

It didn't copy everything - what do I do?

Typically this is due to server errors encountered while copying. You should be able to do one of the following to resolve this situation:
  1. Audit the Copy Log for any errors, and manually copy those files
  2. Restart the copy process. Typically, it is best if you wait a few hours if you ran into significant copying errors

How do I sign into a different account with this app?

There isn't a handy Account Switcher like you'll find in native Google Apps.* However, you can try to use the link at the top of the page which should re-direct you and allow you to sign if from a different account.

If that fails, I would recommend signing in from another browser, or opening an incognito/private window and accessing the app that way.

*If you think this is a good feature, please feel free to open an
Issue on Github., or better yet, contribute to the repo! 'Cuz I don't know how to add an Account Switcher, otherwise I would have done it already :)

HELP! The copying is stuck in an infinite loop! What do I do?

Please use the "Pause" function built into the app and open an

How do I uninstall the app and remove all permissions?

To quote the excellent answer on stackexchange:
  1. Go to
  2. Under "Sign-in & security" tab click "Connected apps & sites"
  3. Under the section "Apps connected to your account", click on MANAGE APPS:
  4. Select app you want & click REMOVE button

How do I report a bug in the app?

If you have found a bug that is not covered in these FAQs, please open an
Issue on Github.

Does this app support Team Drives?



Approve app permission and allows it to do the folder copying inside Google Drive

This article also describes how to Copy Folders to another Google Drive Account

Say you have a folder in one Google account (A) that you would like to copy to another Google account (B). While the app doesn’t support copying across accounts, there’s a simple workaround:

  1. Use the app  to copy the folder in its original account (A).
  2. Log into account B, create a blank folder and share it with account A.
  3. Log into account A and move the copied folder into the shared folder.
  4. Go back to account B and remove the sharing permissions for the folder.
Folder Size in Google Drive