Mount Google drive in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Google has not released its official linux client for accessing its drive from the ubuntu. But open source community has developed unofficial package called ‘grive-tools‘.

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.


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.


Google Drive folder created under user’s home directory


That’s it, Hope these steps help you to access google drive in your Ubuntu desktop

Refer the following url for :

Accessing Google Drive in Ubuntu 16.04 lts

24 Responses

  1. Ronal Morse says:

    This looks very similar to Insync, which is already in repository.

  2. Roger Esco says:

    Insync works great on Linux and you can specify which folders to sync.

  3. Tomas says:

    You don’t need sudo when working as root (#).

  4. NT says:

    In my case, the folder after complete synchronization does not include all the folders I have in google drive.

  5. rajesh says:

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package grive-tools

  6. avi says:

    hi, i am new in ubuntu,
    Please tell me how can i remove this application, it removes my documents from my google drive.

  7. Natty says:

    I have installed grive through command line. I am able to get the files from Google Cloud to my local ubuntu.
    However, i am not able to open files that are downloaded. I get an error as permisssion denied.I realized permission access are granted to only root user. How can i provide write access to GRIVE for the user from root permissions.

    Advise and questions much appreciated. TY

  8. Felippe HD de Castro says:

    Works fine on Ubuntu 14.10, thanks! The “Installation complete” screen didn’t appeared for me, but It’s working with no problem. Just to remember the users, click in the “Google Drive Indicator”(Dash) at the end of the configuration, and the Grive icon will apear in the menu bar, like the Dropbox icon, with the settings, preferences….
    Again, thanks!

  9. Andrew says:

    Works fine on Debian and I noticed will even work on a headless server. However, there’s no option to exclude some folders from the sync and furthermore the project has been abandoned by the developer so that won’t be changing. Better to use Insync if you need that.

  10. Rory says:

    Insync is a 15 day trial.

  11. André Araújo says:


  12. Eduard Melnyk says:

    I can’t see my google docs in Google Drive folder after synchronization. What it can be? Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

  13. Andre says:

    Doesnt work at all on Ubuntu 14.04. I have installed it but nothing happens when syncing or autosyncing.
    The Box works much better (WebDav).

  14. Syam says:

    It doesn’t work in ubuntu 15.10, “E: Unable to locate package grive-tools” ;(

  15. Leon says:

    That is what was missing to sync the files.
    Thanks Felippe!

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