It’s 2019 and Google still has no Linux client for Google Drive. If you’re on Ubuntu and want to connect to Drive, thankfully you have a few good options.
Google Drive on Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04
On Ubuntu there a few different options for connecting to Google Drive. If you are only interested in connecting via the Gnome File Browser GUI, you can add Google Drive and other cloud storage services using the
Online Accounts Feature. If you want filesystem access there are projects like like google-drive-ocamlfuse or gcsf, but are definitely designed for the more technical user.
ExpanDrive is a Google Drive client for Ubuntu that has both filesystem-level mounted access through a fast network drive as well as a full featured ftp-style browser and uploader. It includes advanced features such as offline sync, background synchronization and many other powerful improvements over a standard network drive.
Mounting Google Drive on Ubuntu
ExpanDrive has been available on Mac and Windows for over 10 years and has a few million users. In 2019 version 7 was released and added support for a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Red Hat, Linux Mint, CentOS, Debian and most other popular distributions.
ExpanDrive providers a variety of powerful features such as multi-threaded background uploads, a full graphical user interface to facilitate bulk transfer, integrated search and version management along with much more. The main product page goes into detail on many of these features.
It supports personal Google Drive accounts as well as GSuite Drive accounts, including support for Team Drives. It securely connects to the Google Drive API and transparently supports ADFS and 2FA.
Download ExpanDrive for Ubuntu
Released July 1st, 2019
Debian based distributions
For Debian based distributions like Ubuntu start by download our latest .deb package. With modern versions of apt you can download and install the package using the apt command. This will also pull in the required dependencies.
sudo apt install ./ExpanDrive_7.0.17_amd64.deb
Alternatively you can install the package with dpkg, but then you’ll need to use apt to fulfill the dependencies.
Redhat based distributions
Download our latest RPM and use yum to install ExpanDrive and the required dependencies.
sudo yum localinstall ./ExpanDrive-7.0.17.x86_64.rpm
“ExpanDrive lets you mount remote sftp drives and it actually works! I.e. no long delays or dropped connection in the middle of a save.”
Allan Odgaard, TextMate
“My first impression after reading ExpanDrive’s promotional description last week was that it sounded too good to be true. One week later, I’m pretty sure it actually is that good.”
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
ExpanDrive connects your files as a fast network drive and accesses all of your data on demand. You can browse and open any file from within your file manager or from the command-line. ExpanDrive builds native access to Google Drive into Linux.