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What is Google Drive?

The Drive SDK gives you a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that integrate with Drive. The core functionality of Drive apps is to download and upload files in Google Drive. However, the Drive SDK provides a lot more than just storage.
Google Drive is a tool in the File Storage category of a tech stack.

Who uses Google Drive?

Companies
2808 companies reportedly use Google Drive in their tech stacks, including Asana, GoSquared, and LiveChat.

Developers
12102 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Google Drive.

Google Drive Integrations

Geckoboard, Conceptboard, HelloFax, Notable, and Balsamiq are some of the popular tools that integrate with Google Drive. Here's a list of all 90 tools that integrate with Google Drive.

Why developers like Google Drive?

Here鈥檚 a list of reasons why companies and developers use Google Drive
Google Drive Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Google Drive in their tech stack.

Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent | 9 upvotes 100.3K views
atGentlentGentlent
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
Postman
Postman
Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Maps
Google Maps
CloudFlare
CloudFlare
Stripe
Stripe
PayPal
PayPal
Twilio
Twilio
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
TensorFlow
TensorFlow

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Spenser Coke
Spenser Coke
Product Engineer at Loanlink.de | 8 upvotes 147.6K views
atLoanlink GmbhLoanlink Gmbh
Rails
Rails
AngularJS
AngularJS
.NET
.NET
Node.js
Node.js
React
React
GitHub
GitHub
Trello
Trello
Zapier
Zapier
Mailchimp
Mailchimp
Google Drive
Google Drive
Vue.js
Vue.js
HTML5
HTML5

When starting a new company and building a new product w/ limited engineering we chose to optimize for expertise and rapid development, landing on Rails API, w/ AngularJS on the front.

The reality is that we're building a CRUD app, so we considered going w/ vanilla Rails MVC to optimize velocity early on (it may not be sexy, but it gets the job done). Instead, we opted to split the codebase to allow for a richer front-end experience, focus on skill specificity when hiring, and give us the flexibility to be consumed by multiple clients in the future.

We also considered .NET core or Node.js for the API layer, and React on the front-end, but our experiences dealing with mature Node APIs and the rapid-fire changes that comes with state management in React-land put us off, given our level of experience with those tools.

We're using GitHub and Trello to track issues and projects, and a plethora of other tools to help the operational team, like Zapier, MailChimp, Google Drive with some basic Vue.js & HTML5 apps for smaller internal-facing web projects.

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Mark Swedberg
Mark Swedberg
| 5 upvotes 6.8K views
atRoyal Legal SolutionsRoyal Legal Solutions
Google Drive
Google Drive

We produce legal documents. Lots of them. We've tried a variety of different tools to manage this, but Google Drive ultimately won out.

Now we're moving into document automation and Google Scripts has played a key role in helping us tie all of the different pieces together and streamline our systems.

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Google Drive
Google Drive
GitHub
GitHub

Google Drive is pretty simple and it enables me to get files from anywhere when I need them, whatever it is, from photos, videos, text files, code snippets not large enough to require using GitHub , and I can share Adobe assets with Google Drive is pretty simple and it enables me to get files from anywhere when I need them, whatever it is, from photos, videos, text files, code snippets not large enough to require using GitHub , and I can share Adobe assets with mbers of my robotics team with ease as well.

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Joshua Dean K眉pper
Joshua Dean K眉pper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) | 1 upvotes 27.4K views
atScrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt)Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt)
Google Drive
Google Drive
Trello
Trello
Wekan
Wekan
Nextcloud
Nextcloud

We use Nextcloud for company-file-management, personal work-documents and for collaborative work (through collabora), organize our #TODOs, that are not covered by the Bugtracker. Existing solutions either were very expensive ( Google Drive ), missed a lot of features ( Trello ) or were pretty much overloaded with features ( Wekan within Sandstorm ).

That made Nextcloud ud our natural fit for our company management and we're convinced of its integrations and flexibility.

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Jorge Cortell
Jorge Cortell
Founder & CEO at Kanteron Systems | 1 upvotes 11.6K views
atKanteron SystemsKanteron Systems
Dropbox
Dropbox
Google Drive
Google Drive

We originally used Dropbox as an easy way to store and share documents, but moved to the much more powerful and convenient Google Drive, although we still use Dropbox occasionally.

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Google Drive's Features

  • Create & collaborate.- In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.
  • Work better with the products you use everyday.- Say goodbye to bulky email attachments. Send a link from Google Drive in Gmail and everyone has the same file, same version鈥攁utomatically. Your pictures in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+, so you鈥檙e never more than one click away from sharing with your circles.
  • Powerful search.- Google Drive helps you get to your files faster. Search for content by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.
  • View anything.- Open over 30 file types right in your browser鈥攊ncluding HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop鈥攅ven if you don鈥檛 have the program installed on your computer.
  • Google Drive with your favorite apps.- Create, open and share files from a variety of apps directly in Google Drive.
  • Share the way you want.- You can share files or folders with anyone, and choose whether they can view, edit or comment on your stuff.
  • Start a discussion.- Create and reply to comments to get feedback and make files more collaborative.
  • Go back in time.- Google Drive tracks every change you make鈥攕o when you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever.

Google Drive Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Google Drive?
OneDrive
Outlook.com is a free, personal email service from Microsoft. Keep your inbox clutter-free with powerful organizational tools, and collaborate easily with OneDrive and Office Online integration.
Dropbox
Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
Box
The Box API gives you access to the content management features you see in our web app and lets you extend them for use in your own app. It strives to be RESTful and is organized around the main resources you鈥檙e familiar with from the Box web interface.
Google Cloud Storage
Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.
iCloud
Sign in to iCloud to access your photos, videos, documents, notes, contacts, and more. Use your Apple ID or create a new account to start using Apple services.
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Google Drive's Followers
11382 developers follow Google Drive to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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