Upload or replace the contents of a driveItem

The simple upload API allows you to provide the contents of a new file or update the contents of an existing file in a single API call. This method only supports files up to 4MB in size.

To upload large files see Upload large files with an upload session.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Files.ReadWrite, Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Files.ReadWrite, Files.ReadWrite.All
Application Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

PUT /me/drive/items/{parent-id}:/{filename}:/content
PUT /me/drive/root:/{parent-path}/{filename}:/content
PUT /me/drive/items/{parent-id}/children/{filename}/content
PUT /groups/{id}/drive/items/{parent-id}/children/{filename}/content

Request body

The contents of the request body should be the binary stream of the file to be uploaded.


If successful, this method returns a driveItem object in the response body for the newly created file.


This example uploads a file by path to the signed-in user's OneDrive.

PUT /me/drive/root:/{item-path}:/content
Content-type: text/plain

The contents of the file goes here.

The following example shows the response.

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Content-Type: application/json

  "id": "0123456789abc",
  "name": "myfile.jpg",
  "size": 10191,
  "file": { }