Create a Drive folder

Creates a new Drive folder. To update the metadata of an existing Drive file, including a folder, use drive_update().

drive_mkdir(name, path = NULL, ..., overwrite = NA,
  parent = "DEPRECATED", verbose = TRUE)

Name for the new folder or, optionally, a path that specifies an existing parent folder, as well as the new name.


Target destination for the new item, i.e. a folder or a Team Drive. Can be given as an actual path (character), a file id or URL marked with as_id(), or a dribble. Defaults to your "My Drive" root folder.


Named parameters to pass along to the Drive API. Has the tidy dots semantics that come from using rlang::list2(). You can affect the metadata of the target file by specifying properties of the Files resource via .... Read the "Request body" section of the Drive API docs for the associated endpoint to learn about relevant parameters.


Logical, indicating whether to check for a pre-existing file at the targetted "filepath". The quotes around "filepath" refer to the fact that Drive does not impose a 1-to-1 relationship between filepaths and files, like a typical file system; read more about that in drive_get().

  • NA (default): Just do the operation, even if it results in multiple files with the same filepath.

  • TRUE: Check for a pre-existing file at the filepath. If there is zero or one, move a pre-existing file to the trash, then carry on. Note that the new file does not inherit any properties from the old one, such as sharing or publishing settings. It will have a new file ID. An error is thrown if two or more pre-existing files are found.

  • FALSE: Error if there is any pre-existing file at the filepath.

Note that existence checks, based on filepath, are expensive operations, i.e. they require additional API calls.


DEPRECATED. Use the path argument for this now, which is more consistent with other functions in googledrive.


Logical, indicating whether to print informative messages (default TRUE).


An object of class dribble, a tibble with one row per item.

See Also

Wraps the files.create endpoint:

  • drive_mkdir
## Create folder named 'ghi', then another below named it 'jkl' and star it
ghi <- drive_mkdir("ghi")
jkl <- drive_mkdir("ghi/jkl", starred = TRUE)

## is 'jkl' really starred? YES
purrr::pluck(jkl, "drive_resource", 1, "starred")

## Another way to create folder 'mno' in folder 'ghi'
drive_mkdir("mno", path = "ghi")

## Yet another way to create a folder named 'pqr' in folder 'ghi',
## this time with parent folder stored in a dribble,
## and setting the new folder's description
pqr <- drive_mkdir("pqr", path = ghi, description = "I am a folder")

## Did we really set the description? YES
purrr::pluck(pqr, "drive_resource", 1, "description")

## `overwrite = FALSE` errors if something already exists at target filepath
drive_create("name-squatter", path = ghi)
drive_mkdir("name-squatter", path = ghi, overwrite = FALSE)

## `overwrite = TRUE` moves the existing item to trash, then proceeds
drive_mkdir("name-squatter", path = ghi, overwrite = TRUE)

## clean up
# }
Documentation reproduced from package googledrive, version 1.0.0, License: MIT + file LICENSE

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