Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grive, the unofficial Google Drive client for Linux

A Linux version of Google Drive is still on the giant's to-do list, and many of us believe that it will never be released. The best alternative I could find is Grive, an unofficial open-source client developed by a former Google Drive developer.

Combined with a package called Grive-tools, which provides GUI support, it is all you need to have your files synchronized on your favorite operating system.

Remember that Grive is an unofficial Google Drive client and installation is at your own risk.

I followed these steps to have it running on Ubuntu 14.04:

1) Click on the Start button and go to "Software & Updates"

2) On the "Other Software" tab, add the following source
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thefanclub/grive-tools/ubuntu utopic main
3) Open a new terminal and type
sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install grive-tools
4) Click on the Start button and go to "Grive-Setup"

5) Follow the setting up instructions

That's it! Grive will create a new folder in your home path and start synchronizing (might take a while). Just make sure that you have the auto-sync option enabled (see image below).




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