Ever since Google Drive’s inception, Linux users seem to have gotten the short end of the stick. For years now, Google has been promising an official Google Drive for Linux. In spite of this promise, one has yet to be released.
Since there is no official Google Drive for Linux, the community has taken it upon themselves to create Drive clients of their own. Here are four of the best ones available.
Note: the instructions to install each one of these programs are found on the page in which you downloaded them from.
When it comes to using Google Drive on Linux, Insync is without a doubt the best you can get (outside of Google releasing an official client). This program works very similar to Dropbox does. It allows you to preserve your existing file system, right click on files inside your file manager to share them and many other cool features.
The only potential downside to Insync is the fact that there’s a subscription fee involved (approx. $20 per year and above). Some people may not be fans of paying that much for software, especially when Google Drive is free. Still, if you want a full-featured Google Drive experience, look no further.
Meet Rclone. It’s a terminal-based cloud storage syncing system. There’s one key difference that this program has going for it, one that sets it apart from the other command-line based Google Drive clients out there for Linux. It’s built upon a familiar tool: Rsync.
What does this mean? It means that you’ll be able to sync your entire Drive account right to your file system without any manual pushing or pulling or anything like that. It’s really great. Best of all, it supports more than just Google Drive.
With this, you’ll be able to access not only Drive, but Dropbox, Amazon S3, Openstack Swift, Rackspace and more! If you’re looking for a sync-style Google Drive client, you really should try out Rclone.
Grive is a command-line Google Drive client. It’s very simple. There’s not a whole lot to say about this program in the way of features. When you run it, it’ll download your entire Google Drive contents to a folder. There is no automatic syncing, but very close to it.
It’s not just a downloader though. With Grive you’ll be able to push new files directly to your Drive account. This is the perfect kind of Drive client for those who just want to upload and download files and don’t really care about constant syncing.
Drive is a terminal push/pull style Google Drive client. It’s not designed to keep all your Drive files consistent between the cloud and your many computers. It’s a simple tool created for those who just want to pull down or push up the occasional file for storage purposes.
To be frank, this program is just not as great as Grive. That being said, if you’re not happy with that, consider checking out Drive. It’s a pretty solid choice.
Google Drive is a really great service. Not only do you get file storage, but you get a cool built-in office suite too. Without overstating it, it’s safe to say that there is a whole lot to love about the service.
It’s a real shame that Google is dragging their feet like this. Still, it’s not all bad. It’s nice that people in the Linux community have taken this opportunity into their own hands to fill this void.
What’s your favorite unofficial Google Drive client for Linux?