You can create groups and manage most settings and features using the Google Admin console or a related API. Use of the APIs requires programming knowledge.
You have 2 API options for creating groups. Groups you create using an API receive specific default settings.
Use the Google Workspace Admin SDK’s Directory API to create, update, or delete a group and its membership. Complete tasks such as changing the group name, assigning a group email alias, and adding or removing members. Access the Directory API.
Cloud Identity API
Use the Google Cloud Identity API to create, update, or delete a group. Access the Cloud Identity API.
Default settings for API groups
Groups you create using an API receive the following default settings.
These groups always start with these defaults, even if you’ve set different values for your organization’s groups in the Groups for Business sharing settings. You can, however, edit these values after group creation.
|Name||Directory API default||Cloud Identity API default|
|Show group in the directory||
|Who can see group||All group owners, managers, and members||Anyone in the organization|
|Who can view members||All group owners, managers, and members||All group owners, managers, and members|
|Who can join group||Anyone in the organization can ask||Invited users only|
|Allow external members||
|Who can post||
Anyone on the web
|Anyone in the organization|
|Allow web posting||Allowed||Allowed|
|Who can add, invite, or approve members||Group owners and managers only||Group owners and managers only|
|Who can contact owners||Anyone on the web||Anyone in the organization|
You can edit any group using an API or one of several other methods.
Groups Settings API
Use the Admin SDK’s Groups Settings API to manage groups, such as by setting permissions and enabling message moderation. Access the Groups Settings API.
You can also edit groups created using an API in the:
- Admin console
- Google Groups app (groups.google.com)
- Google Cloud Console
- Third-party tool Google Apps Manager