Have you ever tried to access Google Drive with Linux? Working with Google Drive on a software system like Windows and macOS makes using the cloud storage service particularly easy.
Still, it’s even as easy to use Google Drive with Linux. Here is some of the basic information you should know about this operation.
Google Drive with Linux
Google Drive is often used with any modern browser. Popular known browser software like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera work well with Google Drive. As well as lesser-known web browsers like Epiphany, Midori, and Vivaldi.
Google Drive with Linux also works with accounts using two-factor authentication. The one feature that suffers is its ability to operate offline with documents in Drive. Basic web browsers this feature works in are Google Chrome and Chromium, the open-source version of Chrome.
How To Access Google Drive With Linux
To let this happen, do the following:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Go to Google Drive.
- Select the Gear icon.
- Select Settings.
- In the Offline section, select the Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to the current computer. So, you will be able to edit the offline check box.
You may be prompted to load in the Google Docs Offline extension.
Use Google Drive on Linux With GNOME
If your distribution uses the GNOME Desktop Environment, you’ll add your Google Drive account to the web Accounts feature. Doing this sync your Google account to GNOME Calendar, the Evolution Groupware Suite (email, to-dos, calendar, tasks, and contacts), etc.
To access this, follow these steps:
- From the GNOME Activities Overview, open Settings.
- Select Online Accounts.
- Select Google.
- Walkthrough the account sign-in process.
- With the sign-in process complete, select the Google services you would like to link to the GNOME desktop. Then, close that window and also the Settings window.
- Open the GNOME file manager to check the new listing from the left sidebar using your Google account. Select the account to mount your Google Drive.
And you can begin to manage and customize files from that location as if these files are local to your drive.
Use Google Drive on Linux with a Third-Party Solution
Google hasn’t created a Drive client for Linux. However, there are some tools available from third-party developers. In-sync is one amount the best tools used to syncs Google Drive with Linux.
In-sync is known as a cross-platform Drive-to-Desktop sync tool that backs up and syncs Google Drive to the Linux desktop. There is a cost related to Insync, though; one Insync license costs $29.99 per user account. If you are a Google Drive user who works on the Linux desktop, the software is definitely worth the cost.
- Download the most recent release of Insync.
- Save the file to the location: /home/USER/Downloads. The Keyword USER represents your Linux username.
- Open a terminal window.
- Make change to the directory in which the file has the command: Cd ~/Downloads
- Install the new file with the command: Sudo apt install ./insync*.deb
- Allow the installation to be completed.
- Launch the newly installed Insync from the desktop menu.
- Once you begin Insync, you will be prompted to enable Nautilus (file manager) integration. When prompted, select yes to include sync integration with the GNOME file manager.
- A terminal window prompts you for your user password (for the installation of the required Nautilus integration components). During this installation, users are prompted to type y, and then press any key to continue.
- Another new window opens, where you’ll start the Insync Service. Select Start Insync.
- Then select Close.
- In the Insync window asking you to enter a Google account, select Add a Google account, and then proceed through the account sign-in wizard.
- This opens your default browser, where you’ll sign on to your Google Account. After you sign in, select Allow to grant Insync permission to access your Google account.
- The Insync window opens and walks you on the method of selecting a default location to sync Drive to your desktop.
You’re now able to enjoy an excellent Google Drive-to-Linux-Desktop sync experience.
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