Is it possible to configure Google Drive to notify me by email to my Gmail account when someone else edits a shared document of which I'm owner?

Note: I think I can be notified when someone else adds a comment, but not for simple edits...

  • It doesn't look like it, but are you aware of the new activity stream for Google Drive? All you need to do is visit drive.google.com and see all the actions taken on your files.
    – ale
    Jan 28, 2014 at 0:39
  • Thanks @AlE., I'm aware of that new feature, which I think is cool, but I'd like to be able to avoid visiting Drive itself to get the updates...
    – MikO
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:26

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It is possible with Google Drive API. You can set up a push notification for this type of event.

I found this course Level 9. Teaches you how to set up push notifications when changes happen to a file.


For google spreadsheets there is the option to enable it in the sheet itself:

Notification Rules

Define type of notification

I'm not aware of any way to do this with other documents except the activity stream or using scripts. bbatman describes in his answer how to do this.

  • Cool, thanks for the info - I wonder why they do not apply that to all types of files!
    – MikO
    Aug 26, 2014 at 11:43
  • Me too :). Seems to me sometimes as if it is developed in different groups which don't exchange their ideas good enough.
    – StampedeXV
    Aug 26, 2014 at 11:46
  • Is there still no way to enable this for drive documents that are not spreadsheets? (First I thought the recent UI upgrade has done away with this feature, but it's still there - alas, only for spreadsheets. Awful.)
    – doldt
    Apr 14, 2015 at 13:52
  • Not aware of any changes. Waiting for the feature also.
    – StampedeXV
    Apr 14, 2015 at 15:30

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