Modified 07 March 2017 by Ian Weatherhogg

Rapidly pinpoint the file you're after with an advanced Drive Search using MIME Types and combination searches.

Google Drive includes powerful search features to help you locate specific files by MIME type.

Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) is an Internet standard which originally enabled the support of various document types in email. Now MIME types are used more generally as an Internet media type (a standard identifier used to indicate the type of data that a file contains)

We can use MIME types in Drive searches to narrow down the types of documents returned. You can mix MIME type search terms with more general ones like part of a filename or keyword inside a document.

Some example MIME type search terms which can be used in a Drive Search are:




Google Apps Script


All Microsoft Word documents


All Microsoft Excel documents


All PDFs


All zip files

type:image/jpeg (or gif or bmp etc)

All JPG images


All mp3 files


All mpeg videos

In the image above you can see our example which searches for a file of type PDF and containing the word features.

Give them a try in your Google Drive and post your favourite search term in the comments below.