Host images via Google Drive

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The other day I was playing around with some image effects and needed a host to serve them from an online place.

Don't get me wrong I know there are many tools and websites to do this for you. Yet I learned that Google Drive can also be an image host.

As a person who owns unlimited Google storage, it was worthwhile giving it a go.

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So today I'll be showing you how to host images on Google Drive and have them available for everyone.

Firstly open your Google drive and upload an image.

For this purpose, it doesn't matter if it's in a folder or not.

Image uploaded in Google drive

That's part one, now we can click the picture and select the sharing option.

Google drive share button

I changed the option to everyone with the link just to be on the safe side, you'll get a link like this:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10YD7sJI_HHDXmQM4h96alvyGIU53nGYZ/view?usp=sharing

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In the link, the part after the /d/ is what we are looking for, as it's the unique ID of the image.

We can copy the unique ID and create the following image URL:

https://drive.google.com/uc?id={ID}

So in our case, we get a link like this:

https://drive.google.com/uc?id=10YD7sJI_HHDXmQM4h96alvyGIU53nGYZ

And we are able to use the image as such:

Image of yes I do hosted on Google Drive

And that's it, you're now able to use your Google Drive as a way of hosting images for you.

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