Google Drive connected app not working



  • (I tried to report the following bug using the form at the bottom of the Vivaldi home page but was blocked from submitting it.)

    Summary of the bug:

    When I go to my Google Drive account and try to open a simple text file using Drive Notepad (the third-party app which created it) Vivaldi 1.6 and higher will not open it, producing only a blank tab with no URL in the address bar.

    (Note: Drive Notepad is not a Vivaldi app or extension; it is an app connected to Google Drive.)

    To reproduce the bug:
    a. Access a Google Drive account with Vivaldi 1.6 or higher.
    b. go to a text file that was created with the third-party app, Drive Notepad.
    c. right click on the file and select "Open With" and click on Drive Notepad.

    What did you expect:
    I expected the text file to open.

    What actually happened:
    What I got was a blank tab and an empty address bar.

    Notes:

    1. The problem is not just with Drive Notepad; it occurs with other third-party apps. It also occurs with other text files.

    2. This problem does not occur with other browsers, e.g. Firefox and Chrome, under my distribution (Knoppix 7.4.2).

    3. This problem does not occur with other browsers on other distributions, e.g., Opera and Chromium on Ubuntu, Chrome on ChromeOS, Konqueror under Debian 8.

    4. This problem does occur with Vivaldi 1.6 or higher on other distributions.

    5. I can create and save a file with Drive Notepad; I just cannot go back and reopen it with Drive Notepad.

    6. And finally: When Drive Notepad opens the file under Vivaldi 1.2, in the address bar there is a URL for the app with an id in hex for the file. (Google calls this id a "sharable link.") If I copy all this into the address bar of Vivaldi 1.6, the file opens as it should. And if I replace the id for the file with the id for a different text file, that file will also open properly.



  • I just wanted to bump this. I finally got frustrated enough by working around this issue, that I decided to do some research into possible fixes. Looks like it's a know issue that just hasn't gotten much love or attention.

    The particular app I'm trying to use right now is draw.io, but I get the same results with any of my "connected apps" in Google Drive.


  • Moderator

    As far as I know, Google does not permit browsers that don't pay them licensing to connect to Google-connected apps. I'm not sure how that can be gotten around.


  • Moderator

    Vivaldi has no access to the Google API because of Google's license restrictions. Google gifts nothing to competitors.



  • @llamanerds
    I was able to get drive.io working in Vivaldi.

    For a thorough discussion of the problem as it relates to the connected app mentioned above as well as other such apps (like drive.io), and details about how to set up a workaround, see my posts starting here:
    https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/22164/connected-apps-in-google-drive-don-t-work/5



  • @ayespy
    Ayespy wrote:

    As far as I know, Google does not permit browsers that don't pay them licensing to connect to Google-connected apps. I'm not sure how that can be gotten around.


    This cannot be the source of the problem.

    If what you wrote was in fact the source of the problem, then the connected app mentioned above would not be able to create a file and there would not be a workaround for the problem.

    However, the app can connect and can create a file.

    But when it is used to try to reopen the file, Vivaldi gives a blank, empty window. However, this problem can be gotten around. In other words there is a workaround for it.

    Given these facts, what you wrote cannot be the source of the problem.

    For a thorough discussion of the problem as it relates to the connected app mentioned above as well as other such apps, details about the workaround, and instructions on what to do to experience the problem for yourself, see my posts starting here:
    https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/22164/connected-apps-in-google-drive-don-t-work/5



  • @Gwen-Dragon
    Gwen-Dragon wrote:

    Vivaldi has no access to the Google API because of Google's license restrictions.

    If Vivaldi has no access to the Google API, then the connected app mentioned above would not be able to create files.

    HOWEVER, it can create files.

    So it follows that what you wrote does not explain the problem.

    The problem is that when trying to reopen the file with the connected app that created it, Vivaldi gives a blank, empty, window.

    If Vivaldi has no access to the Google API, then there would not be a workaround for the problem using the app.

    HOWEVER, there is a workaround using the app.

    So it follows that what you wrote does not explain the problem.

    For a thorough discussion of the problem as it relates to the connected app mentioned above as well as other such apps, details about the workaround, and instructions on what to do to experience the problem for yourself, see my posts starting here:
    https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/22164/connected-apps-in-google-drive-don-t-work/5


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