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Is there any feature in Google Drive to search for files and folders shared publicly by other users? I have uploaded some e-books online and I need to know how the public users can access them without knowing the link. Can they find them from search engines?

How the files shared under this link can be found by public? https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1vcMoNJRP1-MUwzVWhnZ0E0a2M&usp=sharing

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Google Drive does not offer the option to search for other users' public documents (see here).

However, it is possible for users to find these documents via Google Search using a filter. In order to search exclusively for public Google documents, a user would have to search using the following:

site:docs.google.com/document/d [keyword]

To create a tool that would allow users to search for these documents, you might consider simply creating an HTML form that submits to google with the site:docs.google.com/document/d prepended.

Here's a quick demo of that using AngularJS:

https://github.com/cweems/Google-Docs-Search/tree/cc00038e67d6d3ff15ae19a271f0bfec99437b41

Navigate to the 'app' folder and then open index.html in your browser. Enter keywords into the text box and click submit: it will return a list of results that are only Google Docs.

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In this case we can only find those files which are indexed by google and not all shared files. –  asim-ishaq Aug 22 '13 at 9:20
    
Sorry, is your question "can I search all documents for a specific user?" or "can I search documents for all other users?" –  weems Aug 22 '13 at 11:41
    
Actually, I intended to know any feature in G-Drive through which I can find publicly shared files from all users. –  asim-ishaq Aug 22 '13 at 17:31

Just found this link, after seeing your question. I think this would be helpful.

http://www.sourcecon.com/news/2013/08/09/search-public-files-on-google-drive-dropbox-skydrive-evernote-and-box-with-cloudkite-info/

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But this requires us to login with their site using our Google Account and allow them to look into our files so that they can list the URLs in their database for searching. So we can search and view only those files which are shared by users who uses cloudkite services. That will be a very small subset of the total GDrive users. –  asim-ishaq Aug 18 '13 at 7:23

Cloudkite don't show only files shared with it, the app can find other millions of files publicly available on the Cloud, please read this link below about the search engine based on Google Search, Google Drive and Google Books : http://www.cloudkite.info/start#googleServices .

Sharing your file with this app will putting your file publicly available but also indexed the file on the platform. That allow you to have a "Cloud profil" like this : http://www.cloudkite.info/profile?profile=101033737183048414601 enabling to be more visible in the millions of files public.

For more informations, please read the page "More" or ask questions on the G+ community.

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The google seacrh Api does not have any feature to search for publicly shared files. It could be only possible if some API like cloudkite reads my G-Drive and list URLs on their servers for searching. The G-Drive user has to give read permission to cloudkite api, so that it can en-list files. Without, it can't work. –  asim-ishaq Aug 18 '13 at 17:42

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