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Brief: While Google Drive is not officially available for Linux, here are tools to help youuse Google Drive in Linux.

Google Driveis an integral part of the Google ecosystem. It offers 15 GB of free storage which is shared across yourGmailaccount,Google Photos, various Google and Android services. Since its debut in 2012, we’ve seen official Google Drive clients for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS.

But, unfortunately, an official Linux client is yet to see the light of the day, if ever. This deliberate and continual ignore by Google has prompted Linux users to question ifGoogle hates desktop Linux?

However, in the world of Linux, there’s always an alternative or workaround. Here we’re going to see such alternatives ways you can useGoogle Drive in Linux.

Best tools to use Google Drive in Linux

The list here is no particular order. I have just listed a few Google Drive desktop clients for Linux along with some other hacks.

1. Insync

Insyncis the most feature-rich Google Drive desktop client available out there. You’ll find almost everything you want from a Google Drive client in it, including multiple account support, desktop notification, symlink support etc.

It’s available for all major Linux distros and the installation process straightforward. It offers a beautiful GUI as well as the command-line interface.

The only downside is thatInsync is not free. Insync provides a 15 day free trial period. After that, it’ll cost you about $29 one-time payment for a single account and for multiple accounts, Insync has per-year pricing plans. If you have no problem with that, we can safely say that Insync is the Google Drive desktop client you’re looking for.

2. overGrive

overGriveis yet another feature-rich Google Drive desktop client. It includes almost all the features from Insync with some exceptions, such as no symlink support. It provides a nice GUI and an interactive setup process. overGrive supports all major Linux distros and desktop environments. It’s also available in multiple languages.

Though overGrive is not free, its price is far less than that of Insync. The license fee for overGrive is only $4.99. It can be a good choice for Google Drive desktop client.

3. Rclone

Rcloneis actually more than just a Google Drive client. It is a command-line program to sync files and directories to and from various cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, OneDrive etc. Theinstallationandusagedocumentation can be found on their official website. For configuring Google Drive with Rclone,read this.

It’s completelyfree and open source. You can find the source code in theGitHub repository of Rclone. If you are comfortable working with the command-line interface, you can pick this one.

4. Drive

This one’s a little bit interesting.Drivewas originally developed by Burcu Dogan, while working on Google Drive platform’s team. So, this is the closest thing we have to an official client.

It’s a command-line tool written with GO programming language. It doesn’t have background sync feature. It’s designed to upload/download files in a push/pull style. Frankly, it’s a little difficult to use it for everyday purposes. You’ll find acomplete guidefor Drive on its GitHub project.

Platform specific installation methods can be foundhere.

5. GNOME (version 3.18+)

If you useGNOMEas your desktop environment, you’re in luck. Starting from version 3.18,GNOMEhas baked in a Google Drive feature in their file managerNautilus.

If you add your Google Account in GNOME Online Accounts, Nautilus will automatically have Google Drive added to its sidebar as a remote filesystem. It’s not actually a desktop client. But you can do some cool things like drag&drop file uploading, opening Google Drive files directly from Nautilus, copying files from Google Drive to your local filesystem etc.

Read our guide onhow to install GNOME Shell in Ubuntu.

Your pick?

It’s totally disappointing that Google hasn’t yet come forward with an official Google Drive client for Linux despite the growing popularity of Linux. Until it does, these alternatives are all we have.

Which one of these is your favorite? Do you have any other suggestions touse Google Drive in Ubuntuor any other Linux? Are you facing trouble using any of these methods? Whatever the reason is, you’re always welcomed to use our comment section.