Uploading files and images from Google Drive

Created Nov 22, 2022

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Potential Errors

If your template is correct and you give improper links, your upload status will be complete (with errors).

Opening the report, you will see one of two errors:

  • ‘EtsyError: “File names must be between 3 and 70 characters and contain only letters, numbers, hyphens, underscores, or periods.“’
  • ‘EtsyError: “Invalid image upload”’

Getting sharable links

  1. Select the file/image in Google Drive
  2. Click share
  3. Set the link settings to “Anyone with link can view.”

Note: Selecting “can edit” does not provide a downloadable file.

For digital files

  1. Change /file/d/ to /uc?export=download&id= for all of your file urls.
  2. Remove /view?usp=sharing from the end of your file urls.

For images

  1. Change /file/d/ to /uc?export=download&id= for all of your file urls.
  2. Remove /view?usp=sharing from the end of your file urls.


Say this is your starting link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EStG-dmxicbTdkVgFYGamsiC7Hsgrm3N/view?usp=sharing

To make it useable with Shop Uploader you need to change it to this: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1EStG-dmxicbTdkVgFYGamsiC7Hsgrm3N

How to input this information into your Shop Uploader template

You will use two columns to enter this information. These columns are digital_file_# and digital_file_name_#.

Note: The # must be the same number.

For the digital_file_1 column, enter your edited Google Drive url. For the digital_file_name_1 column, enter your file’s name.

Image showing how to enter your digital file's url

Doing this results in the correct file name on Etsy.

Image showing a digital file on Etsy

If you only enter the digital_file_1 information you will get random letters and no file extension. This means your customers have to enter a file extension manually to access the file.

Image showing a digital file uploaded with no digital_file_1 information

If you need to upload more than 5 digital files, please see the How to upload more than 5 digital files to Etsy article.

If you are still having problems, contact us.

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