Five Native Ways to Use Google Drive on Your Linux PC

Google has been branded to hate Linux and for a very good reason. Not long ago the software giant decided to seize support for the 32-bit version of its Chrome web browser, this raised a few eyebrows as there are those that use Linux-based operating systems on old machines because of its leniency on less powerful devices.

Though there are several alternatives, Google claims that it is focusing more on speed and efficiency, thus giving all priorities to the 64-bit version of its Chrome web browser.

Google drive is a cloud storage client that has been around since 2012. It offers users 15GB of online storage space for photos, documents, and other files for free. The storage limit can be expanded through payment plans and it’s available on platforms like Mac OS X, Windows, Android, iOS but for some reason, Google decided to ignore Linux.
After four years, there isn’t any official client for Linux but like it is always with the marque operating, there is always a plan.


Despite not having an official client on the Linux platform, there are ways you can use Google Drive and though some methods cost money there are others that are free.


Introducing Google-drive-ocamlfuse, this program lets users mount their Google drive in their Linux based operating systems and uses a FUSE filesystem backend. Despite its shortcomings like providing read-only access to Google docs, Slides and Sheets which it has to convert to ODS, PDF and ODT for you to be able to read them, it does provide full/ write access to ordinary documents.
It integrates seamlessly into the file manager, with duplicate file handling and can also support multiple accounts.


Insync is available on almost all Linux distros but it is not free. It comes with a 15 day trial period, after which you can pay $25 one time payment for a single account. There are payment plans available for those wanting to have multiple accounts. The offers almost everything that the Google drive client offers on other platforms including desktop notifications support, symlink support and multiple account support.
If you are willing to shell out a few bucks then Insync is the Google Drive client for Linux computer.


Reclone is a hybrid terminal command line interface that is not just a Google Drive clone. It acts like a bridge where it helps synchronizing files and directories into various cloud platforms like Google drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Onedrive and many more.
The program is free and open-sourced and those interested in twitching it a bit can find the source code of its Github page.

GNOME 3.18

This one of the reasons why Gnome receives critical acclaim because its developers can sometimes be very crafty. Starting from version 3.18 of the desktop environment, a new nifty features has been added to the file manager.
If users add their Google Drive account to the Gnome Online Accounts, Nautilus will have Google Drive added to its sidebar, this is not a complete client but more like a remote filesystem. You do things like drag and drop files from your directory to Google Drive which are auto synchronized.
Additionally, you can copy files and folders from your Google Drive account into your own system directory.



This one provides some sense of irony. Drive is a command line tool that is written in the GO Language by Burcu Dogan.Dogan began working on this program while he was still working with the Google drive platform team. It would seem Mr. Dogan took the whole bring Google Drive to the Linux platform into his own hands.
Though the idea is sound, its functionality is pretty limited. It doesn’t provide any kind of background synchronization and dragging and dropping files are not smoothly integrated.


Use any of these to add and files from your Google Drive account? Let us know in the comments.

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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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