Friday, 16 May 2014

How to... Install Grive Tools on Ubuntu based systems

Source: The Fan Club

How to...

Install Grive Tools in your favorite Ubuntu distro flavour.


As we mention on the previous post, Grive Tools it's a project that provides an independent open source implementation of Google Drive in order to fill the void created by the American giant company, for Linux based operating systems.

Source: The Fan Club

In this post, we show how can you install it in your favorite Ubuntu desktop flavor, but first, you need to know this issues:
  • Grive Tools has only been tested on Ubuntu, in a 64bit and 32bit cpu architecture
    • 12.10
    • 13.04
    • 13.10
    • 14.04
    • 14.10
    • 15.04
  • Supported this Desktops Environments
    • Unity
    • Gnome
    • KDE
    • Xfce
    • Cinnamon
    • LXDE
  • Has a few limitations
    • Auto Sync only detects changes in your local Google Drive files and folders
    • Symbolic links are not supported
    • Downloading Google Documents isn't possible.

Source: The Fan Club


And now, here is how to install it...
Note: The images shown bellow were taken on the Linux distribution " Linux Mint 17 Qiana "

Step 1

Open your Terminal, and just copy and paste the following command lines.
For a flawless installation, press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to open the terminal. Then copy (Ctrl + C) command lines given below one by one, and then paste (Ctrl + V) into terminal. (Give the order of execution by pressing the enter key)
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thefanclub/grive-tools
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install grive-tools


Step 2

Open Grive setup, on your menu or search in the dashboard, to install Grive


Step 3

After installation, will appear one window to give Grive the permission to access your Google Drive account
Click next


Step 4

An window browser will open and show the Google Login page.
Log in to your Google Account.


Step 5

Now in your account Google will ask you if you want to give Grive permission to access you Google Drive.
Click Accept


Step 6

After you accept the permission, will appear on the window browser a code
Copy the code ( Ctrl C) and paste in the Grive Setup box
And Click next


Step 7

Your Google Drive is now installed, and a folder will open.
The first sync will start to download your files stored on Google Drive, and when is complete the installer will quit.


Step 8

After the installation, find the Google Drive Indicator and click to open.

The application Indicator menu will appear on the desktop bar, and in here you have all the options for Grive Tools available.

By default the Auto Sync in on, and if new files are copied to your Google Drive folder or file are changed, these files will automatically be uploaded to your Google Drive online after a few seconds.




  • Development status
    • Active 
  • Latest Release
    • 0.3.0-1, on November 25, 2013
      • Ubuntu 12.10 / 13.04 / 13.10
    • 0.3.0-1, on January 24, 2014
      • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Supported Operating Systems 
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • Fedora
    • openSUSE
    • Red Hat
    • CentOS
  • Desktops environments
    • Unity
    • Gnome
    • KDE
    • Xfce
    • Mate
    • Cinnamon
  • CPU's Architecture Support
    • Standard PC
      • 32-bit
      • 64-bit
  • Cost
    • Free

If you install this application, install at your own risk. We disclaim any responsibility inherent to the same