Upload an HTML file

Uploading an HTML file to your domain's web server is one way to verify domain ownership and activate Google Apps for your domain. This requires that you have access to the server and can upload files to it. If your domain doesn't have a web server (for example, if you never set up a website for it), or if you use a content management system that doesn't let you upload to the server, you can verify domain ownership in other ways, instead (view other options).

The HTML file you upload must be available at your naked domain and from anywhere on the internet. This means the file is visible at your domain minus "www" in the URL, such as http://your_domain.com/your_filename.html and not http://www.your_domain.com/your_filename.html. Also, the file must also be publicly available and not limited to your corporate network.
1. Create and upload the HTML file

If you're not sure how to upload files to your web server, contact the person who manages your site for help.

  1. Sign up for Google Apps and follow the instructions that appear to verify domain ownership.
  2. Choose HTML file upload from the verification options. If the HTML file method doesn't appear as the recommended method, go to the Alternate methods tab to find it.
  3. In the instructions that appear, click this HTML verification file to download the file provided by Google.

    It will have a name resembling google4ddabfacdb4f6795.html and contents of "google-site-verification:" following by the name of the file, like so:

    google-site-verification: google4ddabfacdb4f6795.html

  4. Leave the Google Admin console browser window open and upload the HTML file to the root folder (top-level folder) of your domain's website.

    Do not upload it to a subfolder. The file must be visible at http://your_domain.com/your_filename.html and not http://your_domain.com/some_subfolder/your_filename.html.

    The root folder's name can vary by hosting provider, but it's typically public_html, www, or wwwroot.

2. Make sure the HTML file was uploaded correctly
  1. Open any browser window.
  2. Go to the address of the uploaded file on your website. This is your site's URL including the filename, as in:


    Be sure to replace your_domain.com with your actual domain name and your_filename.html with your actual filename.

If the file uploaded correctly, you'll see in your browser "google-site-verification:" followed by the string of characters in the file you uploaded.

3. Complete domain verification
  1. Return to the verification instructions in your Google Admin console.
  2. Click the Verify button at the bottom of the page.

    This prompts Google to check for this HTML file at the same address you viewed it above. Once we find the file, we'll activate service for your domain.

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Alternatively, if you would like some help, contact Google Support.

If you are having trouble verifiying domain ownership via HTML file, consider using another verification method.

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