.GDRAW File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .GDRAW file extension:

  1. Google Drive Drawing
  2. Google Drawings Shortcut

1. Google Drive Drawing

Google Drive Drawing

Graphics file used by Google Drive, a cloud-based file storage service; stores a URL reference to a Google Docs drawing, which may include vector and raster graphics; can be double-clicked to open the drawing in Google Docs (in the user's Web browser).

When the Google Drive desktop client is installed, GDRAW files are saved within a special local folder called Google Drive. These files act as pointers to Google Docs drawings stored online. They are saved in a simple text format.

NOTE: In 2018, the Google Drive desktop applications were discontinued but you can still access Google Drive online.

Software's name License Platforms
Google Drive Google Drive Freeware Chrome OSLinuxMacWebWindows

Updated: January 15, 2019

2. Google Drawings Shortcut

Google Drawings Shortcut

A GDRAW file is a shortcut used to open a diagram created in Google Drawings and saved within Google Drive. The file contains a reference to the diagram it opens, as well as the Gmail account used to create the diagram. GDRAW files are created by Backup and Sync from Google.

If you have Backup and Sync from Google installed on your PC, or you are using a Chrome OS device, you can double-click a GDRAW file to open the diagram it references in Google Drawings. You may have to sign in to your Gmail account or request access to the diagram to open it.

If necessary, you can also open a GDRAW file in any text editor to view the URL, document ID, and Gmail account information it contains. You may want to do this, for example, if you are having trouble using your GDRAW file to open a diagram in Google Drawings. If double-clicking your GDRAW file does not open a diagram, you can try copying and pasting your file's URL into your web browser to access your diagram.

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone
Backup and Sync from Google Backup and Sync from Google Free MacWindows
Chrome OS Chrome OS Included Chrome OS

Updated: November 28, 2020

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