Downloading a file using Dart GDrive api with authorized GET request


I’m coding in Dart and need to download a file (i.e. an image file) from google GDrive using OAuth2.0. I am at the point in my code where I have the downloadURL after having used the Dart drive_v2_api_browser client library.

I tried directly passing this to the “src” attribute

_image = new ImageElement(src: file.downloadUrl, width: file.imageMediaMetadata.width, height: file.imageMediaMetadata.height);
_image.onLoad.listen(onData, onError: onError, onDone: onDone, cancelOnError: true);

but that yielded a 403 forbidden error. That’s when I realized I need to make an “authorized GET request“. So I tried following the example listed on the Dart Auth pub package, but I don’t understand what it asking for.

This is what I am trying:

var auth = new oauth.SimpleOAuth2(;
var request = new HttpRequest();
request.onLoad.listen(onData_Request, onError: onError_Request, onDone: onDone_Request, cancelOnError: true);"request", file.downloadUrl);
auth.authenticate(request).then((request) => request.send());

but it keeps giving me an error:

token…. Method request is not allowed by Access-Control-Allow-Methods.

Does anyone have a working example of downloading a file through the Dart GDrive api relative to OAuth2.0?

Update: After Günter Zöchbauer help I was able to continue and convert the blob as such:

Adding this line to the request object:

_downloadRequest.responseType = "blob";

Allowed me to use a file reader:

void onData_Request(Event e) {
  Blob response = _downloadRequest.response;
  final FileReader reader = new FileReader();

  reader.onLoad.listen((e) {

void _handleData(FileReader reader) {
  Uint8List uintlist = new Uint8List.fromList(reader.result);
  String charcodes = new String.fromCharCodes(uintlist);
  _loadImage(_image, charcodes, 225, 225);

void _loadImage(ImageElement imageE, String data, int iWidth, int iHeight) {
  _imageAsbase64 = window.btoa(data);

 _image = new ImageElement(src: "data:image/png;base64," + _imageAsbase64, width: iWidth, height: iHeight);
 _image.onLoad.listen(onData, onError: onError, onDone: onDone, cancelOnError: true);

void onData(Event e) {
  print("success: ");
  _context.drawImage(_image, 0, 0);


As the error message says request is not a valid HTTP method.
You need something like GET, PUT, POST, DELETE, …

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Answered By – Günter Zöchbauer

Answer Checked By – Katrina (FlutterFixes Volunteer)

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