The objective is to seamlessly provide access to Google Drive on Ubuntu 18.04. Firstly, we will access Google Drive via Gnome build-in feature Online Accounts.
Later, as an alternative, this tutorial will explain how to install google drive tool: google-drive-ocamlfuse via PPA and mount Google Drive remotely directly to user’s home directory.
Operating System and Software Versions
- Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
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sudo command is required.
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Google Drive via Gnome Online Accounts
Gnome GUI allows for a native Google Drive mount via its feature
Online Accounts located within system’s settings.
If you are not using Gnome graphical user interface you can install Gnome Online Accounts by opening up a terminal and entering the below command:
$ sudo apt install gnome-online-accounts
Once installed start Gnome Online Accounts by executing the command:
$ gnome-control-center online-accounts
On Gnome Desktop simply search Start Menu:
It is important to note that using Gnome Online Accounts feature your Google Drive files are not stored locally. Any access, to your Google Drive files is done directly via Google Drive Cloud.
Google Drive via google-drive-ocamlfuse PPA
Another alternative to a native
GNOME Online Accounts feature is
google-drive-ocamlfuse is somewhat a free version of the paid OverGrive Google Drive GUI front-end.
In case from any reason the above access to your Google Drive fails using
GNOME Online Accounts you can install
google-drive-ocamlfuse by executing the below commands:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa $ sudo apt install google-drive-ocamlfuse
Next, create a directory which you want to use to access your Google Drive files. For example, create
google-drive directory within your user local directory:
$ mkdir ~/google-drive
At this stage, point
google-drive-ocamlfuse to this newly created directory:
$ google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/google-drive
The above will open up your default browser asking you to provide your Google Account credentials: