I have an archive of images for our project. The images are well-organized in deeply-nested folders.

The client is behind an elaborate firewall, and cannot access any Google Drive link.

I need to export the files to zip, so that we can put the link on our site, or email them the archive.

How can I do this export?

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Google Drive does export sub-folders, but only when they have content.

Simply find the folder you want to export in the left-hand sidebar, click the down arrow next to it, and select Download:

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There is a 2GB limit, so if the sum of filesizes in your folder tree exceeds that, you may run into trouble.

If that is a problem, another solution is to set up synchronization with your computer. Then you'll have a copy of the entire Google Drive on your hard drive, and you are free to create a zip file from any folder you'd like, from your computer.

See Overview of Google Drive for help installing the Google Drive client on your computer.

  • Thanks for your thoughts. per the question, the client is behind a firewall that blocks all access to google-drive related domains. Sync is not possible Nov 12, 2013 at 15:00
  • I do not understand how your solution works: you say to right-click to download each folder? There are dozens at the top level, and if they each flatten their contents, then they are still not useful Nov 12, 2013 at 15:01
  • No, not each folder, but each top level folder. If you want to export your entire Google Drive, this will not work. The zip file which results in an export of a folder retains the folder structure. You can also use Google Takeout (google.com/settings/takeout), which also allows you to export the entire contents of your Google Drive. Nov 12, 2013 at 15:37
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    As for the sync suggestion, I meant that you set up Google Drive sync, so that you have a copy of your Google Drive on your computer. From your computer, you could easily create a zip file using any Zip software. Nov 12, 2013 at 15:38
  • I don't need the entire content. My drive has 15-30 top-level folders. One of those i need to export, with all of it's deep nesting. You seem to be saying that I need to export the folders inside that top-level folder (in order to retain the structure). I don't understand why exporting 2nd level folders will retain deeply-nested structure when then 1st level folder export does not. Nov 12, 2013 at 15:39

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