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Install google drive client on linux If you want to keep all your digital data synced across multiple devices, one why to do this is to use Insync which is a client tool for Google Drive file storage and sync service.
Google Drive Client For Linux Beta2 has been just released and this short how-to describes its installation and basic usage on Linux Mint. Although it should be also applicable for any decent Debian/Ubuntu like Linux systems.


1. Prerequisites

Here we assume that your already have a Gmail account with and some decent version of Linux system installed on your PC. for this tutorial we have use Linux Mint.

  • Internet connection
  • Gmail account

Installation of package prerequisites on Linux Mint.

$ sudo apt-get install xdotool python-nautilus gir1.2-nautilus nautilus libxdo2

Note that Insync Google drive client is integrated with Nautilus file manager. The above command should also resolve this requirement.

2. Installation of Insync Google drive client

Insync Google drive client comes pre-compiled for both DEB and RPM package management. Depending on your Linux system flavor and hardware architecture download appropriate package from:

Beta 1 release:
Beta 2 (64bits):
Beta2 (32bits):

Here is how the Google Drive client installation will look like on Linux Mint 13. First use wget to get a DEB binary package:

$ wget
--2012-08-12 10:24:22--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 6551730 (6.2M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: 'insync-beta_0.9.18_amd64.deb'

100%[======================================>] 6,551,730    753K/s   in 14s     

2012-08-12 10:24:37 (459 KB/s) - 'insync-beta_0.9.18_amd64.deb' saved [6551730/6551730]

Once downloaded install package using dpkg tool:

$ sudo dpkg -i insync-beta_0.9.18_amd64.deb
(Reading database ... 186121 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace insync-beta 0.9.18 (using insync-beta_0.9.18_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement insync-beta ...
Setting up insync-beta (0.9.18) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme ...

3. Starting Google Drive Client

Once Google Drive client is installed your can start it by navigating to Menu / Start Button and searching for Insync application. On Linux Mint your are most likely to find in Other sub-menu.

Installation of Insync google drive client

By starting Insync application you will redirected using your default browser to website where your will need to input your gmail credentials and give provide Insync with permissions to access your information under your Google account.

Starting Insync google drive client

4. Using Insync Client

Once you enable allow Insync to sync with you account check your bottom panel for Insync icon allowing you to manage this application with simple navigation menu. Right click on the icon and select "Open Insync Folder" to open nautilus and view your Google Drive files.

Running of Insync google drive client


5. Conclusion

As for a beta version this simple and easy to install Google Drive Linux client works quite well. Syncing of digital data got easier again. 5GB of free cloud disk space should be enough for any casual user knowing the difference between data and software. The only drawback is that our privacy suffers again as we need to disclose our private information to yet another 3rd party application.


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