October 24, 2017 Google Drive on Ubuntu Google drive is one of the many handy tools Google offers. It is a file synchronization tool that allows you to backup, store and share and access files in the cloud. I use it to collaborate on files with others or to sync movies that I can then easily publish on Youtube. Unfortunately there is no native Google drive software for Linux Desktops. Luckily there is a way to have a proper sync setup on Ubuntu 16.04 and higher that uses the Google drive API and some Gui tools. Let me show you how I have this installed on my Ubuntu Desktop. First I install the Grive2 commandline tool: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grive No need to set it up right now. Instead let's first install grive-tools. This is a package that is only available up to Ununtu Vivid, but I have found that is works just the same on Ubuntu 16.04 Run the following from a terminal: sudo su -c "nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/thefanclub*.list" deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thefanclub/grive-tools/ubuntu vivid main sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grive-tools Now go to the dash and type Grive and click on the Grive Setup application link and follow the instructions to setup your Google Drive Sync. Here's a screenshot of my Google drive and the grive tools open.