Javascript – How to allow access for importrange function via apps script


When you enter an importrange function manually into a spreadsheet you receive a pop up and must 'allow access'.Pop up to allow access for importrange

However, I'm trying to find a way to do this via a script because I'm creating many spreadsheets, each with a query-importrange function (I 'own' the spreadsheet which has data to import). There's too many for me to manually 'allow access' via the pop up and update the function to include the query function.

Hence, I'm looking for a function call in apps script that can perform the same action that the pop up did. Code segment example below.

Does anyone know of a function that can 'allow access'?

// create new spreadsheet file
var ss = createSpreadsheet(fileName);
var spreadsheet =;
var sheet = spreadsheet.getSheetByName("Sheet1");

// Add student as Viewer

// Add ImportRange function 
var sheet = spreadsheet.getSheets()[0];
var cell = sheet.getRange("A1");
var filter = "select * where Col3='" + studentEmail + "'";
var qry = '=QUERY(importRange("' + fileKey + '","14-15S2!A1:AE");"' + filter + '";1)';
// I need a function to 'allow access' here, so the function can be allowed access. Otherwise, it throws an error.

Best Solution

I had a problem similar to this and found the answer was to alter the permissions of the spreadhseet file from which you are importing data (the "filekey" in your example").

This is the google app script that made "Allow Access" go away for me:

file.setSharing(DriveApp.Access.ANYONE_WITH_LINK, DriveApp.Permission.VIEW)