How to install Google Drive on Ubuntu [Updated]

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[Oudated: Sorry the method below is outdated and archived] Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu

Google introduced Google Drive on April 24, 2012 and promised Linux support “coming soon.” That was nearly two and a half years ago. There’s now a somewhat “official” Google Drive client for Linux, but it’s probably not what you want.

Google has continued to affirm that they’re “still working on it” for the last few years. Google does use Linux internally, so it’s no surprise there’s a solution created by a Google Drive developer.

Grive is a Google Drive (online storage service) client for GNU/Linux systems.It allows the synchronization of all your files on the cloud with a directory of your choice and the upload of new files to Google Drive.

Installation Steps of grive-tools

Step:1 Add grive-tools PPA using below Command :

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thefanclub/grive-tools

Step:2 Update the list

$ sudo apt-get update

Step:3 Install grive-tools

$ sudo apt-get install grive-tools

Steps to Access Google Drive

Step:1 Once the installation is completed , search the application on the Unity Dash by typing Grive, and open it.

Google Drive [Grive] Setup on Ubuntu
Google Drive [Grive] Setup on Ubuntu
 Step:2 Sign in to google drive , you will be asked to give the permissions to access google drive

When we click on Next, a new broswer will open with Google login page

Log in to your Google Account and Click on Accept , as shown below :

Step:3 You will be provided a google code , copy this code and paste it into the Grive Setup box.

When we Click on Next , it will start syncing your google drive with ‘ Google Drive‘ folder under your’s home directory. Below window will appear when the installation is completed.

After complete installation Google Drive Folder is created under user’s Home Directory

Google Drive Folder Ubuntu
Google Drive Folder Ubuntu

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  2. Chris Young says

    Gosh there’s a ton of dependancies

    at binutils-dev cmake cmake-data comerr-dev dctrl-tools debhelper devscripts
    dh-apparmor dh-make distro-info-data dput expect gksu grive grive-tools
    krb5-multidev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-filesystem1.54-dev
    libboost-filesystem1.54.0 libboost-program-options-dev
    libboost-program-options1.54-dev libboost-program-options1.54.0
    libboost-system1.54-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-test1.54-dev
    libboost-test1.54.0 libboost1.54-dev libcommon-sense-perl
    libcurl4-openssl-dev libdistro-info-perl libencode-locale-perl libexpat1-dev
    libexporter-lite-perl libfile-listing-perl libfont-afm-perl libgcrypt11-dev
    libgksu2-0 libgnutls-dev libgnutlsxx27 libgpg-error-dev libgssrpc4
    libhtml-form-perl libhtml-format-perl libhtml-parser-perl
    libhtml-tagset-perl libhtml-tree-perl libhttp-cookies-perl
    libhttp-daemon-perl libhttp-date-perl libhttp-message-perl
    libhttp-negotiate-perl libidn11-dev libio-html-perl libio-stringy-perl
    libjson-c-dev libjson-perl libjson-xs-perl libjson0-dev libkadm5clnt-mit9
    libkadm5srv-mit9 libkdb5-7 libkrb5-dev libldap2-dev liblwp-mediatypes-perl
    liblwp-protocol-https-perl libmail-sendmail-perl libnet-http-perl
    libp11-kit-dev libparse-debcontrol-perl librtmp-dev
    libsys-hostname-long-perl libtasn1-6-dev libtie-ixhash-perl libwww-perl
    libwww-robotrules-perl libyajl-dev po-debconf python-pyinotify python3-magic
    wdiff

    1. luzza says

      Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu http://dothisbest.com/how-to/install-google-drive-grive2-on-ubuntu

  3. Juan Pedro Sanchez says

    Can you have more than one google drive account in Ubuntu? I’m using Ubuntu 14.10 amd64

  4. ccobb says

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    grive-tools : Depends: grive (>= 0.3) but 0.2.0-1.1 is to be installed

    1. Robby Payne says

      Same issues for me. 14.04 and XFCE4

      1. luzza says

        Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu http://dothisbest.com/how-to/install-google-drive-grive2-on-ubuntu

  5. Marcos Avila says

    En mas de una ocasión probablemente se habrá sufrido el error “No se pudo bloquear el directorio de administración (/var/lib/dpkg/), ¿quizás haya algún otro proceso utilizándolo” en Ubuntu, pues bien la solución es muy simple.

    ubuntu-mir-logoPara eliminar este dicho error, simplemente abrimos la terminal y colocamos lo siguiente:

    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock

    (Click enter y luego se coloca)

    sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock

    (y click en enter)

    Con esto habremos salido del dichoso error molesto de por sí.

    1. luzza says

      Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu http://dothisbest.com/how-to/install-google-drive-grive2-on-ubuntu

  6. Peach says

    Hallo Leider funktioniert meine Installation nicht. Im Terminal steht>

    [email protected]:~# sudo apt-get install grive-tools
    Paketlisten werden gelesen… Fertig
    Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.
    Statusinformationen werden eingelesen…. Fertig
    Einige Pakete konnten nicht installiert werden. Das kann bedeuten, dass
    Sie eine unmögliche Situation angefordert haben oder, wenn Sie die
    Unstable-Distribution verwenden, dass einige erforderliche Pakete noch
    nicht erstellt wurden oder Incoming noch nicht verlassen haben.
    Die folgenden Informationen helfen Ihnen vielleicht, die Situation zu lösen:

    Die folgenden Pakete haben unerfüllte Abhängigkeiten:
    grive-tools : Hängt ab von: grive (>= 0.3) aber 0.2.0-1.1 soll installiert werden
    E: Probleme können nicht korrigiert werden, Sie haben zurückgehaltene defekte Pakete.

    Bitte um Hilfe

    1. luzza says

      Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu http://dothisbest.com/how-to/install-google-drive-grive2-on-ubuntu

  7. Cassio says

    Thank you, that’s what I needed!

  8. Jack Hackett says

    It dies NOT work.
    I have tried the procedure described above, many times, always wit the same result…..
    ” W: Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS _Trusty Tahr_ – Beta amd64 (20150805)/dists/trusty/main/binary-amd64/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs

    W: Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS _Trusty Tahr_ – Beta amd64 (20150805)/dists/trusty/restricted/binary-amd64/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    [email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install grive-tools
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    grive-tools : Depends: grive (>= 0.3) but 0.2.0-1.1 is to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    [email protected]:~$ ”

    ANY OTHER IDEAS?????

    1. luzza says

      Please visit our new tutorial on How to install Google Drive Grive2 on Ubuntu http://dothisbest.com/how-to/install-google-drive-grive2-on-ubuntu

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  10. nda888 says

    Hi

    I followed this guide but unfortunately got problem from Wily xubuntu 15.10

    it always alert “404 not found”

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/thefanclub/grive-tools/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/source/Sources 404 Not Found

    May be you didn’t support grive tools on Wily version

    Please help

    Thanks

    An,

  11. nda 888 says

    Hello

    I followed this guide but failed on Wily Wolf Xubuntu 15.10

    It always alert 404 Not found when sudo apt-get update

    An,

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