I just installed Juno 5.0 x64 and I was wondering how to sync my Google Drive on my laptop.

I've tried some methods but there was no success. :( I've searched here for this question, but they were for older versions.

Please help me I am so a beginner in Linux I am so desperate :D

Thank you!

  • PS: I found solutions for/on GNOME --> but this aren't compatible for me I think (ex. when I try to open from the Terminal the GNOME Control Center it is blank and I cant do anything in it!)
    – krisi
    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:05

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I also tried some "scripting solutions" but finally I came to Insync. It's not free but in my opinion it's worth its prize. Maybe you will give it a try.


Overgrive, also not fee, but it's only $5 and it works really well- https://www.thefanclub.co.za/overgrive


solution 😁 Google Drive GUI for Windows / Mac / Linux



As already suggested by Milos you can use


The only problem I found was with the indicator in the wingpanel. You can resotre it following this guide: https://github.com/mdh34/elementary-indicators

Juno doesn't support anymore 3rd party application indicator as described in this closed issue: https://github.com/elementary/wingpanel/issues/96


Try grive2. https://github.com/vitalif/grive2

It is command line but easy to use. there is a quick howto on installing and using it on Ubuntu based distros like elementary at this link:


I have it working on my Elementary Os Juno desktop right now.


I have found OverGrive works the best and it is only about $5.


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I used

apt-get install install gnome-shell`

(Backup your /home and or don't do this on a machine you really need. This might bork your install.)

  • I had to use fix install sudo apt-get install -f, because of the dependencies.

  • Choose gdm over lightdm when prompted using your up and down arrow keys and enter.

  • On reboot chose gnome or Ubuntu gnome and setup Google in Accounts under Settings.

  • Open Applications, then gnome files and then get your google drive.

  • Open Applications, then elementary files make sure it is there too.

  • Reboot, and thereafter always use Pantheon at the gdm login and files will have your drive.

It is ugly. You may get apt-get update complaining that /etc/apt/sources.list has everything configured multiple times.

(You can probably delete the *.saved files? Comment out universe and/or multiverse lines with a #?) But on the bright side you will have all of the gnome apps after adding Gnome- plus your Google Drive.

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