Download a file in another format

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Use this API to retrieve the contents of an item in a specific format. Not all files can be converted into all formats.

To download the item in its original format, see download an item's contents.


To call this API, the user must have granted the application read access to the file the app wishes to convert.

HTTP request

GET /drive/items/{item-id}/content?format={format}
GET /drive/root:/{path and filename}:/content?format={format}

Query parameters

Parameter Type Description
format string Specify the format the item's content should be downloaded as.

Format options

The following values are valid for the format parameter:

Format value Description Supported source extensions
pdf Converts the item into PDF format. csv, doc, docx, odp, ods, odt, pot, potm, potx, pps, ppsx, ppsxm, ppt, pptm, pptx, rtf, xls, xlsx

Optional request headers

Name Value Description
if-none-match String If this request header is included and the eTag (or cTag) provided matches the current tag on the file, an HTTP 304 Not Modified response is returned.


GET /me/drive/items/{item-id}/content?format={format}


Returns a 302 Found response redirecting to a pre-authenticated download URL for the converted file.

To download the converted file, your app must follow the Location header in the response.

Pre-authenticated URLs are only valid for a short period of time (a few minutes) and do not require an Authorization header to access.

HTTP/1.1 302 Found

Error responses

See Error Responses for more information about how errors are returned.