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Alfred cannot return results from Google Drive due to GD not being indexed


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Hi all,

suddenly Alfred not works properly anymore in searching items (folders and files).

Seems an issue related to Spotlight.


I've just cleared the application cache, rebuild macOS Metadata with no success.

Here's the diagnostic.

Any hints please ?




Starting Diagnostics...

File: 'Colf'
Path: '/Volumes/GoogleDrive/Il mio Drive/Studio'


Check file cache database...

File cache integrity is ok


Check if file is readable...

Alfred has permissions to read this file.


Check if volume '/Volumes/GoogleDrive/' is indexed by macOS...

Indexing is enabled on this drive


Check direct file metadata...

⚠️ Direct metadata is missing, this file is likely not indexed by macOS

Display Name: 
 Other Names: 
Content Type: 
   Last Used: 


Check mdls file metadata...

macOS metadata missing essential items

kMDItemFSContentChangeDate = (null)
kMDItemFSCreationDate      = (null)
kMDItemFSCreatorCode       = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags       = (null)
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon     = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible         = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden = (null)
kMDItemFSIsStationery      = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel             = (null)
kMDItemFSName              = (null)
kMDItemFSNodeCount         = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID      = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID       = (null)
kMDItemFSSize              = (null)
kMDItemFSTypeCode          = ""


Troubleshooting failed

Edited by Vero
Title edited, this is a known issue due to Google not making their Google Drive indexable
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  • Vero changed the title to Alfred cannot return results from Google Drive due to GD not being indexed

@face To my knowledge, nothing has changed in Google's decision to not make Google Drive indexable, as per the thread you replied to back in November:



If Google offers an option for Google Drive files to be stored locally, so that macOS can index them properly, then Alfred should be able to return results.  Let me know how you get on :)




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Hi @Vero,

i've setup Google Drive to store locally all the files and works until now like a charm with Alfred.

Yesterday Alfred (Spotlight) stop working, as said.

Today i've added the whole Google Drive into Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy 

And then remove it

And now all works properly, again

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