This API was turned down in January 2019 and is deprecated. Migrate to Cloud Firestore or another data store.

Realtime API Release Notes

This page contains release notes for the Realtime API. Latest notes are first. See the platform release notes for updates to the rest of the Drive Platform.

Binary file behavior simplified

May 8, 2015 The behavior of Realtime documents that are attached to regular files that contain binary contents has been simplified. The Realtime models will no longer be reset when the binary content changes. Instead, the Realtime application should decide when to read in new content. See the updated documentation for details on how to interact with these files.

New Realtime documentation

April 8, 2015 The Realtime API's documentation has been split into a separate home page, with expanded developer guides on new features, best practices, etc.

In memory mode and Realtime debug console

April 7, 2015

  • A new in memory mode allows you to manipulate a Realtime document using the standard API without being connected to our servers.

  • The new Realtime Debug Console lets you view, edit and debug a live realtime document.

Ability to track save delay

March 20, 2015

Use Document.saveDelay to track how long changes have been waiting to be saved to Google Drive. This can help you detect when the network is unreliable or down, or changes are being made more quickly than they can be saved.

New IndexReference delete mode

March 15, 2015

IndexReferences now support a DeleteMode, which configures the behavior of an index reference when the element it points at is deleted. This replaces the previous canBeDeleted boolean, which is now deprecated.

Listen for changes to readOnly state

November 11, 2014

A new ATTRIBUTE_CHANGED_EVENT is emited on the document when the readOnly state of the document changes.

Moving items between lists and non-undoable operations

August 8, 2014

The Realtime API has added new features for moving items in collaborative lists and non-undoable compound operations.

Ending support for Internet Explorer 9 in the Realtime API on April 15, 2014

March 6, 2014

After April 15, 2014 the Realtime API will no longer support Internet Explorer 9.

New import/export functionality

July 12, 2013

The realtime.get method has been added to allow developers using the Realtime API to export Realtime data models as JSON through the Drive API.

Undo and redo added to Realtime API

April 10, 2013

The Realtime API now provides undo() and redo() methods for undoing and redoing changes.

Announcing the new Realtime API

March 19, 2013

We have released the collaboration technology that powers Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets as the new Realtime API. See our official announcement for more about this exciting new API!

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