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


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.


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  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


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:
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Launch Online Accounts
Search for Online Accounts. Once ready click on the Online Accounts icon.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Select Google Account
Select Google account.

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Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Enter username
Enter your Google username or email address.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Enter password
Enter your password.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Give GNOME a permission
Give GNOME permission to access your Google account.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - GNOME keyring
If you have not done so yet, provide a new password for GNOME to save your passwords locally in a new key ring.

Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Google Account Included
All done, you can now access your Google Drive using Files a.k.a Nautilus file manager.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Google Account features ON/OFF
Clicking on your Google Account will turn OFF/ON features you wish to sync.
Google Drive Ubuntu 18.04 - Access google drive files
Open your google drive file-system via Files file manager. Click on the included network drive menu to access your google drive files.
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. 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:
Google Drive Ubuntu mount - Google Account Username
Enter you Google Account username or email address.

Google Drive Ubuntu mount - Google Account password
Enter you Google Account password.
Google Drive Ubuntu mount - Allow Google Drive Access
Allow google-drive-ocamlfuse to access your Google Drive files.
Google Drive Ubuntu mount - mounted
You are now ready to access your Google Drive files either by using command line or any GUI file-manager tool.
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