I was able to download a file (over 70GB when already uploaded as a zip file) with no problems 6 months ago but now it splits everything into multiple zip files? Why is this?


As an alternative to using the APIs, install Backup & Sync and download your file that way - it's simpler.


Chunk zipping is a new Google Drive standard for downloading a large bundle of files (or single file) from the internet. You can try this tutorial on how to download a file from Google Drive using the command line API:

1. Get the file ID:

  • go to your Google Drive
  • right-click the file you want to download
  • click on Get shareable link
  • link looks like this: https://drive.google.com/open?id=xxx where xxx is the ID you will need after few more steps

2. Get an OAuth token:

  • go to OAuth 2.0 Playground
  • under Select the Scope box, scroll down to Drive API v3
  • expand it and select https://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive.readonly
  • click on the blue Authorize APIs button
  • login if you are prompted
  • and then click on Exchange authorization code for tokens to get a token
  • copy the Access token for further use

3. Download the file:


Doesn't work at all:

Invoke-RestMethod : {
 "error": {
  "errors": [
    "domain": "global",
    "reason": "fileNotDownloadable",
    "message": **"Only files with binary content can be downloaded. Use Export with Google Docs files.",**
    "locationType": "parameter",
    "location": "alt"

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