Google Photos API, how to use it and why it will probably disappoint you

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Recently I needed to close a Google Apps account, and I tried to migrate albums programmatically.  I’ll document here the needed steps and explain why this Google API is useless for most of us:

First you need an app token, you can get it from Google Console on https://console.developers.google.com. There you need to register your project and associate API from the library.

You should now have both client_id and client_secret so you can fetch the code quite easily with a OAUTH2 flow:

#!/bin/sh

$client_id = "foo"
$client_secret= "bar"

scope="https://www.googleapis.com/auth/photoslibrary+https://www.googleapis.com/auth/photoslibrary.sharing"

url="https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/auth?client_id=$client_id&redirect_uri=urn:ietf:wg:oauth:2.0:oob&scope=$scope&response_type=code"

echo $url

If you open such output URL with a browser you’ll get the $code and with such code, you can just fetch the tokens.

$code = "lol"
curl --request POST --data "code=$code&client_id=$client_id&client_secret=$client_secret&redirect_uri=urn:ietf:wg:oauth:2.0:oob&grant_type=authorization_code" https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/token

With the refresh_code you can already do what you need, here you have an example kotlin script I worked on https://gist.github.com/ivmos/860b5db0ffeeeba8ffd33adebfaaa094

But finally, I just did it manually zooming out from web client. It happens that Google just offers consents that allow you to manipulate photos and albums created with your own app, so you can’t move around photos between albums created by the official too. This means you cannot organize your library automatically unless you just need to work with photos you would upload with your own app…

 

 

HOWTO see Google Calendar events in yearly view

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It turns out I already have booked a few events for 2019 so I wanted to have a yearly view of everything I have. I was disappointed to see that current Google Calendar yearly events view is useless as It’s just empty. There are lots of comments about this issue in this Google productforums entry.

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:S
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Ron Irrelavent is absolutely right

So I did some search to look for solutions and I found these 2:

  • Google Calendar Plus extension
    • I haven’t even tried as I’m tired of Chrome extensions but seems to work.
  • Visual-Planner project
    • A bit ugly but it works and it’s open-source so this is what I’m using. You can use it without installing it here (you just need to OAUTH to your gmail account). Only drawback is that it does not display names for multi-day events, as a workaround you can create a single event for the first day e.g “Flight to London”
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This is something ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Let me know if you have better alternatives.

I also hope Google implements this..  Hello Google PMs? 🙂