Synchronize Google Drive in Ubuntu with Insync

Google Drive for Linux may be a long way from being released, but you can now the same facilities of syncing contents of your GDrive to your Ubuntu desktop using a new application named Insync. The application is in beta but it seems to be stable enough to handle all syncs properly. 
You can download the beta software for Linux from Insync Downloads. It has been tested on Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13. I have tested it on Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3. It works just fine.


I have been pointed out that the instructions provided are old, so I am providing updated links which are easier to install. (Thanks Brett)

Latest Ubuntu packages


PPA install instruction

echo “deb $(lsb_release -cs) non-free” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/insync.list
wget -O – | sudo apt-key add –
sudo apt-get install insync-beta-ubuntu

1.  Download the tar file from here
2.  Extract the tar.bz2 file to get the tar file.
3. Now extract the tar file in a folder named Insync
4. Now run the installer file ./insync-installer from from a terminal

Full CLI instructions
tar -xvf insync-linux-beta1-py27.tar.bz2 
mkdir Insync
cd Insync/
tar -xvf ../insync-linux-metapackage.tar 

You can run the program from the terminal by typing insync. After the program starts you can follow the onscreen instructions to add your google account. To run Insync at startup, you can add it to the startup programs. 

Below is a video showing how Insync works with Google Drive.

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