driveItem: preview

Namespace: microsoft.graph

This action allows you to obtain a short-lived embeddable URL for an item in order to render a temporary preview.

If you want to obtain long-lived embeddable links, use the createLink API instead.

Note: The preview action is currently only available on SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Files.Read Files.Read.All, Files.ReadWrite, Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.Read.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application Files.Read.All Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.Read.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

POST /drives/{driveId}/items/{itemId}/preview
POST /groups/{groupId}/drive/items/{itemId}/preview
POST /me/drive/items/{itemId}/preview
POST /sites/{siteId}/drive/items/{itemId}/preview
POST /users/{userId}/drive/items/{itemId}/preview
POST /shares/{shareId}/driveItem/preview

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

The body of the request defines properties of the embeddable URL your application is requesting. The request should be a JSON object with the following properties.

Name Type Description
page string/number Optional. Page number of document to start at, if applicable. Specified as string for future use cases around file types such as ZIP.
zoom number Optional. Zoom level to start at, if applicable.


    "getUrl": "",
    "postParameters": "param1=value&param2=another%20value",
    "postUrl": ""

The response will be a JSON object containing the following properties:

Name Type Description
getUrl string URL suitable for embedding using HTTP GET (iframes, etc.)
postUrl string URL suitable for embedding using HTTP POST (form post, JS, etc.)
postParameters string POST parameters to include if using postUrl

Either getUrl, postUrl, or both might be returned depending on the current state of embed support for the specified options.

postParameters is a string formatted as application/x-www-form-urlencoded, and if performing a POST to the postUrl the content-type should be set accordingly. For example:

Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded



The 'page' and 'zoom' options may not be available for all preview apps, but will be applied if the preview app supports it.