Capture Google Drive for desktop logs for support

If you contact Google Workspace support about a Google Drive for desktop issue, you might be asked to send log files to help resolve the problem.

Capture log files in the application

  1. On your computer, click Drive for desktop "".
    • On Apple Mac, Drive for desktop is on the menu bar at the top right.
    • On Microsoft Windows, Drive for desktop is on the taskbar at the bottom right.
  2. Press and hold the Shift key and click Settings ""and thenGenerate Diagnostic Info.
    You’ll get a notification when the ZIP file of information is added to your desktop.
  3. Send the ZIP file to your support agent.

Capture log files when the application is not available

If you can't access the Drive for desktop application,  you can capture log files using Finder in Mac and File Explorer in Windows.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command+Shift+G.
  3. Enter ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS and press Enter.
  4. Right-click the Logs folder and select Compress “Logs”.
  5. Send the file to your support agent.
  1.  Open File Explorer.
  2. In the URL box, enter %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS and press Enter.
  3. Select the Logs folder and choose Shareand thenZip.
  4. Send the file to your support agent.

Analyze log files yourself

After you capture the log files, you can use the Log Analyzer 2 tool ​try to diagnose your Drive for desktop problems​.

  1. Go to
  2. Select Drive File Stream from the menu and click Choose file.
  3. Unzip and upload the file.
  4. Click Analyze.

Note: You can try analyzing the files named, such as drive_fs.txt, drive_fs_1.txt

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