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How to install Google Drive on Ubuntu – Grive2

Due to Google’s changing API you might be having problem during installation of Google Drive (Grive). Here’s how to install Google Drive on Ubuntu.

How to install Google Drive on Ubuntu

You can find video tutorial on this new link: How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu

Terminal commands to install Google Drive on Ubuntu –  Grive2

To install Grive2 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives by using the main WebUpd8 PPA, use the following commands:

Yes, It is true that there isn’t a native google drive client for linux yet, so you couldn’t get app on Software Center. And ways to install in 12.04 and 14.04 are somewhat different.

Compared to the original “Grive”, Grive2 comes with the following changes:
  • supports the new Drive REST API
  • added partial sync
  • major code refractoring: a lot of dead code removed, JSON-C is not used any more, API-specific code is split from non-API-specific
  • some stability fixes
  • slightly reduce number of syscalls when reading local files
  • bug fixes

Also, just like the old app, Grive2 does NOT support:

  • continuously waiting for changes in file system or in Google Drive to occur and upload. A sync is only performed when you run Grive, and it calculates checksums for all files every time;
  • symbolic links;
  • Google documents.
Using Google Drive on Linux – Grive2
After running the command above, an URL should be displayed in the terminal – copy this URL and paste it in a web browser. In the newly loaded page, you’ll be asked to give Grive permission to access your Google Drive and after clicking “Allow access”, an authentication code will be displayed – copy this code and paste it in the terminal where you ran Grive2.

Now to sync Google Drive folder every time, go to that folder and run grive.

Reference: How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu By: Luzan Baral

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2 Responses
  • Yuri
    March 9, 2017

    Nice tutorial, help me a lot

  • Natalia Diaz Rodriguez
    May 5, 2017

    Thanks, I get this error:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
    Cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8’.
    Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

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