I cannot find in documentation an equivalent to getSummary() or getTitle() to retrieve the HTML content of a Google Sites footer (the custom footer editable through Edit site layout > Custom Footer).

getHtmlContent() only provides the content of the main div #sites-canvas-main.

var url = 'https://sites.google.com/a/test.net/';  
var site = SitesApp.getSiteByUrl(url);
var infos = {"title": site.getTitle(), "summary": site.getSummary()};
var page = site.getChildByName("home");
var content = page.getHtmlContent();
  • Do you mean the administrative footer with links like "report this site", or something else? I didn't see any editable footer field on the sites I played with... As a last resort, you can grab any element with UrlFetchApp if the site is publicly accessible.
    – user79865
    Oct 7, 2015 at 19:36
  • @MiceElf: The footer my question is referring to is the one editable through Edit site layout > Custom Footer as describe in this documentation.
    – JV conseil
    Oct 7, 2015 at 22:47

2 Answers 2


One solution using UrlFetchApp:

function GetHtmlFooter() {
  var url = 'https://sites.google.com/a/test.net/'; 
  var content = UrlFetchApp.fetch(url).getContentText("UTF-8");
  var footer = content.match('<div class="sites-subfooter-content"><div dir="ltr">(.*)</div></div></div>')[1];
  return footer;

At this time there isn't a specific Google Apps Script method to retrieve the site custom footer of a Google Site through Google Apps Script nor through Google Sites API.

Submit a feature request to the Google Apps Script team. To do so,

  1. Go to https://developers.google.com/google-apps/sites/
  2. Click on "Send Feedback"
  3. Click on "Apps Script Product feedback"
  4. Fill up the Google Apps Script Sites feature request form and submit it.

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