Google Drive on Linux

Support Coming Soon

6 years ago Google posted that Linux support for Google Drive was in the works and to hang tight while they worked on it.

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This has been such a pain point to many users for Google Drive that one user even has a page on Github with a timer since the day of this post: https://abevoelker.github.io/how-long-since-google-said-a-google-drive-linux-client-is-coming/

Lucky for us, there are many developers out there that have taken on the task of creating a client for Linux, since Google is taking a little longer than expected.

Why not Windows

Several years ago while working on my Bachelors degree, I realized I needed to learn more about Linux. What better way to learn about a new OS than immersing yourself in it, so I started to look at the applications I was using and researching their FOSS alternatives. Most were simple (Chromium, LibreOffice, Atom) but my one hangup was my need to sync files with Google Drive.

I am cheap, and when I was going through this I had to be even more so since I needing to pay for school and cover my families living expenses, every penny counted. So I setup my computer to dual boot Windows and Linux and started trying out several different options. Some went through 3rd party servers (not preferred), others were just clunky and did not automatically sync files as they were updated locally. I finally stumbled across an option that I have used ever since.

InSync

No relation to the boy band, InSync is a paid product that works on all major OS platforms including Linux. It operates just like the Windows client for Google Drive. Once installed, you give it a folder to link to your Google Drive and all your files show up there. If you update one, it will sync it immediately to Google’s servers. There is also a status icon that will show you that sync status.

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But It Costs Money

Yep, there is a cost for this amazing little program. Thankfully, they are not like some of the similar applications that try to get a monthly fee out of you. InSync is a one-time fee and they give you access to install the application on as many systems as you like. The license is tied to your Google account and it works fine with GSuite accounts. As of the writing of this blog, a standard “Prime” license is $29.99 per Google account. They also give a free, no credit card needed, 15 day trial so you can see if it fits your use case before shelling out the cash.

PRIME

$29.99
  • Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Multiple accounts One license per Google account
  • Unlimited computer installs
  • [email protected]Sync top folders anywhere on your desktop
  • [email protected]Merge the contents of a cloud and local folder
  • Sync On Demand Sync files only when you need the

$30 might seem like a lot for such a simple application, but at the end of the day it is worth every penny to not have to deal with running Windows, just because Google hasn’t delivered on a promise they made 6 years ago.

Go Get It

Use this link if you are interested in signing up.

I get a referral bonus for it, and will use that to give away free licenses to help others in the community if enough people use it.