Grive: Free and Open Source Google Drive Client for Linux

When Google Drive finally launched on April 2012, Google Drive Client is only available for the computer operating system Windows and Mac, and smartphone and Android tablet. Google Drive client for Linux isn’t yet available , Google says a Linux client is coming, but why wait? A free and open source Google Drive client called “Grive” has been put together by a third-party developer, and it looks quite nice

Grive is considered experimental and it lacks full sync, but it can upload and download new or changed files already , so you can access your files offline. What it can’t do yet is: wait for changes and automatically sync the files or delete files(when a file is deleted locally, it’s ignored and when it’s deleted remotely, it’s reuploaded if it exists locally).

How to Install Grive in Ubuntu

To install Grive ( Google Drive Client) in ubuntu, you can add WebUPD8 PPA. But it Only work on Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 11.10, use command below to install grive on ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grive

How to Use Grive (google drive client) in Ubuntu

grive: google drive client for linux ubuntu

Step 1. Grive will download/upload new or changed files from the directory you run it so firstly, create a new folder, let’s call it “grive”, in your home directory:

mkdir -p ~/grive

Step 2. Next, navigate using the terminal into the newly created “grive” folder:

cd ~/grive

Step 3. The first time you run Grive, you must use the “-a” argument to grant it permission to access your Google Drive:

grive -a

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 Grive.

That’s it. Now each time you want to sync Google Drive with your local “grive” folder, navigate to the “grive” folder (step 2) and run “grive” (this time without “-a” since you’ve already authenticated Grive with Google Drive).

  • Arch Linux users can install Grive via AUR.
  • Linux distributions, download Grive binaries @Github-Grive
Via: Webupd8 Blog

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