Hi everyone, as we know Google Drive is an awesome cloud platform hosted and provided by Google which provides us an awesome environment to store our data like files, folders, images, documents, videos and much more. It also has many built-in apps for manipulating our data. We store those data in the Google Drive which is accessible via drive.google.com and which is obviously a Web based environment and can be run via any supported Web Browsers. There was no any good GUI desktop software to sync and use Google Drive though there were some CUI programs found for Linux Distributions to use. Insync is a great software for easy synchronization and management of files in Google Drive with our Linux machine like there is Dropbox for Linux.
It is truly an awesome alternative to any of the Desktop or Server client for Google Drive available currently. It is an awesome product for Linux because there is no any other software featuring such an awesome user interface and support to Google Drive.
Here is a list of features provided by Insync Google Drive Client for Linux:
- Multiple account support.
- Nested selective sync for selective sync.
- Share files via file manager supports most of the File Manager available for Linux.
- Offline access allows the changes to be updated after back to internet.
- Preserve your directories with Insync and Google Drive.
- Command line for hardcore geeks.
- Google Docs conversion allows easy access of Google docs with available Desktop Software.
- Easy sync with external or network drive.
- Unclutter your Google Drive storage and your computer from syncing unwanted files.
- Recent changes feed for quick updates of the file.
- Desktop notifications support.
- Proxy support.
- And Many More
Here, in this article we’ll teach you how to install Insync in your Linux Operating System. Here is the official download page where you can download the latest available version of Insync Google Drive Client. So, here are the steps on installation of Insync in your Linux Distribution using Package Manager via Repository:
On Ubuntu or Debian based
First, add our public GPG key to allow apt to authenticate the Insync repository:
$ wget -qO - https://firstname.lastname@example.org | sudo apt-key add -
Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add deb http://apt.insynchq.com/[DISTRIBUTION] [CODENAME] non-free contrib
$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Replace [DISTRIBUTION] with your Linux distro: ubuntu, debian, mint and [CODENAME] with your Linux distro codename: for example Ubuntu 14.04 is trusty
Update the apt repository:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install insync
File manager integration will be added when Insync is run. The APT repository officially supports Debian, Mint, and Ubuntu only. For other Debian-based distributions, try using the one for Debian Squeeze.
On Fedora or CentOS or RHEL
First, import the public GPG key used to sign the RPMs.
$ sudo rpm --import https://d2t3ff60b2tol4.cloudfront.net/repomd.xml.key
You need to create a new file insync.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/ with the following content.
$ sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/insync.repo
Then, add the following lines in that file and then save and exit Nano.
[insync] name=insync repo baseurl=http://yum.insynchq.com/fedora/$releasever/ gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://d2t3ff60b2tol4.cloudfront.net/repomd.xml.key enabled=1 repo_gpgcheck=1 metadata_expire=120m
Then, Install it using yum manager.
$ sudo yum install insync
If everything went as expected, Insync must be installed successfully in our Linux Operating System. It truly is the most powerful Google Drive Client ever built for Linux and It has pretty clean UI and has a bunches of awesome features. It is available in every platform from Android to Linux. So, if you wanna try it, you are welcomed but this product has just 14 days trial period so you’ll need to purchase it for $15 per Google Account if you wanna enjoy more. You can check the pricing page for more details.
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Arun is a Linux Ethusiast who loves Free and Open Source Software. He promotes and provides solution to Linux and its derivatives. He has about 7 years of experience in Linux and System Administration. As a spare time, he like to work as a Freelancer and writes articles, tutorials, news on FOSS and Linux.