Convert a Google Document into an EPUB File

With Google Documents, you can easily save any document into an ePub file in the browser. Just open any document inside the Google Documents web editor and choose File > Download > EPUB from the menu to convert the file.

If you have bunch of documents in your Google Drive, converting them to EPUB format manually would be a tedious task and that’s where Apps Script can help.

function convertDocToEPUB() {
    // Get the currently opened document
    var document = DocumentApp.getActiveDocument();

    // Get the EPUB export link
    var mimeType = "application/epub+zip";
    var exportLink = Drive.Files.get(document.getId()).exportLinks[mimeType];

    // Get the blob of the epub exported file
    var response = UrlFetchApp.fetch(exportLink, {
        headers: {
            Authorization: "Bearer " + ScriptApp.getOAuthToken()

    // Save the EPUB file in the Google Drive root folder
    var file = DriveApp.createFile(response.getBlob());
    // Set the file name same as the document name
    file.setName(document.getName() + ".epub");

    // Return the file URL from Drive
    return file.getUrl();

We use the Google Drive Advanced Service of Apps Script to get get the export link for the EPUB MIME Type. Next, the URLFetchApp service exports the Google Doc to the requested MIME type and returns the exported content as a blob.

The blog is saved to Google Drive and the file URL is returned.

A similar technique is used by Document Studio to convert merged documents into EPUB ebooks.

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