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How to access Google Drive files from your desktop on Ubuntu [Guide]

google_drive_logo_3963 [1]Love Google Drive but disappointed that Google hasn’t made an official client for Linux? This guide will help you! In no time at all, you’ll learn how to mount your Google Drive account directly to your file system, allowing you to directly access Google Drive files from your desktop. Let’s get started!

Before We Begin

Linux does not get an official Google Drive client. The official Windows Google Drive client may work in Wine, but this guide is offering up a more native solution. This solution that allows you to mount Google Drive and access it right in your favorite file manager; in other words, after following this guide you will be able to explore your Google Drive just like a regular folder.

Take note this process can work on any version of Linux but this guide is specific to Ubuntu. In this guide, we will cover will cover installation on Ubuntu.

How To Mount Google Drive On Ubuntu

To access Google Drive files directly from your desktop, do the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:avsm/ppa-opam-unstable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ocaml opam

sudo apt-get install m4 libcurl4-gnutls-dev libfuse-dev libsqlite3-dev

opam init
opam update
opam install google-drive-ocamlfuse
sudo install ~/.opam/system/bin/google-drive-ocamlfuse /usr/local/bin/


mkdir ~/gdrive

google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/gdrive



Take note that by doing the above, Google Drive will be mounted on your computer but it won’t be automatically mounted every time you start your machine.

If you want to mount Google Drive automatically every single time your PC turns on, you need to enter google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/gdrive as a startup command. Do this by searching ‘Startup Applications’ in the Unity dash.


Google Drive is a great service, but it’s a bit of a bummer that Google has not released an official Drive client for Linux systems. With this do-it-yourself solution, you’ll be able to enjoy access to your Google Drive similar to Windows users. Enjoy!