Looking to integrate Google Drive and OneDrive. I don’t want to use InSync or other proprietary solutions. Any suggestions on how to get this to work? Would’ve been nice to have GNOME on-line accounts capability in Mate. Currently on Ubuntu Mate 17-04.
Fair enough about wanting to avoid proprietary software, but as a wise man once said, “It is proprietary, but so is Drive” (Looking for advice on GOOGLE services integration).
One option is
google-drive-ocamlfuse, as discussed recently by OMG! Ubuntu!. This mounts Drive like how GNOME does it rather than syncing.
Thanks for the info. The google-drive-ocamlfuse article says that the PPA is yet to add support for Ubuntu 17.04. Will try it as soon as it is added.
I think that there is no need to create new duplicate topic, so I ask here.
I'm using Ubuntu MATE 16.04.4 LTS without xenial-mate PPA.
gnome-online-accounts package installed.
mate-control-center, selected Online Accounts (executable is
credentials-preferences, right?) and added Google account:
And nothing happened.
In modern Ubuntu 17.10 after this operation Nautilus mounts Google Drive location and places it on desktop and in sidebar. Ubuntu 17.10 understands
google-drive://[email protected]/ in address bar of Nautilus (or Caja launched under GNOME session), but 16.04 LTS does not understand such addresses.
What is interesting - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has
gvfsd-google plugin from
What is wrong?
What is the best and user-friendly way to get Google Drive working on my 16.04 LTS system?
It is possible to get the same user experience as
caja-dropbox with Google Drive?
Should I use Grive2 or
For the newbie that needs hand-holding…
How to you get the gnome-online-accounts package installed ?
Sorry if this does not answer any questions directly, but …
You people should really look into something called “NextCloud”.
All you need is an old laptop, it can be one with a broken screen and keys missing off the keyboard etc, as long as it will be reliable to keep running 24/7. Just plug into a monitor and usb keyboard for the installation. You can install Ubuntu MATE in it and install NextCloud and use it for your own server.
There are plenty of good tutorials on the internet and even youtubes about it. Contrary to many people’s assumptions though, you do not need the server edition of Ubuntu, you can use a normal MATE desktop installation which makes things a little easier for most people. (You don’t have to ssh in, (unless you want to), and you can use pluma instead of nano, and so on).
It works similar to DropBox. It also has features like mail and calendar and photo gallery if you want to use it.
It’s easy enough for most people to install NextCloud for use in a LAN, and that’s all the tutorials I’ve seen will cover.
With just a little extra learning and a few extra steps it can be made secure enough to be accessible over the internet.
That way you can get away from proprietary software and keep your files private and you can have as much disk space as you want for a very low cost, (almost nothing).
It seems that I misunderstood something.
sudo apt-get install account-plugin-google unity-control-center-signon
and then ran
but this does not change anything on 16.04 LTS. This does not enable Google Drive in Caja.
So this part is closed. But it is useful for Contacts and Calendar synchronization with Evolution.
You are absolutely right. And I have NAS in my network.
But my original question was raised when I recommended my colleague to switch from MS Windows to Ubuntu MATE. But he needs to use some familiar utilities.
After 3 hours of googling I decided to use the following solution:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grive
Then I installed
grive-toolspackage manually from The Fan Club Grive Tools PPA (they does not have packages for 15.10 and newer versions):
wget https://launchpad.net/~thefanclub/+archive/ubuntu/grive-tools/+files/grive-tools_1.15_all.deb sudo gdebi grive-tools_1.15_all.deb
Then I ran
grive-setupand set-up my Google account
After this I enabled indicators in
mate-tweak(System -> Preferences -> Look and Feel -> MATE Tweak)
Interface tab -> Panel Features -> Enable Indicators
grive-indicatoris shown and started to sync my Google Drive automatically
To hide its notification I opened Preferences and unchecked Show On Screen Notifications
To be more productive I added
~/Google Drivefolder to Bookmarks with Ctrl+D in Caja.
I'm comfortable with this solution.
I found other working solution.
On Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS we need the following
install one package:
sudo apt-get install gnome-online-accounts
And then set-up Google account in
env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME gnome-control-center online-accounts
Afterwards you will get your Google Drive in the Devices section of Caja named [email protected]. If you open this folder in Caja, then its location would be
google-drive://[email protected]. This folder is synced automatically. But Google Docs will be opened in the browser.
Hope this helps.
I have two problems:
Once I click on Google in the Online accounts, I can’t paste the password from my password manager.
Also, I can’t start gnome-online-accounts from the menu.
Otherwise, it seems to work.
If you could provide with info on how to solve these 2 problems, that would be great.