Backup to Google Drive w/o service account

Bug #1621194 reported by Tornhoof on 2016-09-07
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Bug Description

Duplicity version: 0.7.10
Python: Python 2.7.12+
OS: Debian SID
Target: Google Drive with

This is not a bug, but rather an enhancement (request).

Goal: Getting Duplicity backup to google drive working without a service account

Using Google Drive without a service account might be useful, because then we actually see our backups in google's drive app or webpage. None of the code I can find in is capable of handling user accounts

Let's assume we want to run the backup headless, so we need to authenticate google drive without manual input.

With google drive you have an client_secret and a storage file for the oauth response, which includes the refresh token.

I saw parts of the following code in previous versions or forks, so I'm not really the author of it, nor do I really know much about Python, I patched my own after each Duplicity release.

This is added after the other google auth code (line 68) and before the BackendException:

elif ('GOOGLE_SECRETS_FILE' in os.environ and 'GOOGLE_CREDENTIALS_FILE' in os.environ):
    gauth = GoogleAuth()
    if gauth.credentials is None:
    elif gauth.access_token_expired:

What's done here?
1. We load two configuration settings, similar to the other code, one is the secrets file generated by google drive, one is a credentials file which is generated in CommandLineAuth()
2. if the credentials do not exist, we use that CommandLineAuth() method
3. If the token is expired we use the refresh token from the credentials file to refresh it
4. Otherwise we use the credentials to authorize ourself
5. We update the credential file

With the above method, it is now possible to use google drive without a service account and use the oauth refresh api to refresh the token if necessary.

You probably need to adopt the environment names to your liking.


Changed in duplicity:
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → 0.7.11
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in duplicity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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