Insync – Bringing Google Drive to Linux

Google Drive

I am quite a happy Google users for most of the time. I enjoy most of the Google products, e.g. Gmail, Nexus, etc. but not really for Google Drive.


Google Drive is the Google’s cloud storage service, where users can store their files, music, whatever digital file to the cloud for free. The service has been released since 2012 and it is available for Windows and Mac users but not for Linux users.

Perhaps it is because only 2% Linux users in the population? It sounds irony when we found that Google has been working on Linux (Android and ChromeOS are Linux for quite sometimes.

Perhaps there are too many Linux operating systems in the market that cause the issues of incompatibility and hassle? I don’t think so as Dropbox (another free cloud storage service provider) has released its Linux client since years ago. They can do it, why can’t Google?

Perhaps Google is just reluctant to do so?

Insync – Third Part Google Drive Front End


Of cause, there are many alternatives or workarounds to use Google Drive in Linux. To me, Insync is the most easiest to setup and use.

It is not free. It costs $10 per account — anyway, you’ll get what you pay. They do provide users 15 days free trial. Try first before you use. The followings are the snapshot of Insync in my Linux Mint 13. As shown, they work behind firewall, sync the folders selectively and integrate the Google doc seamlessly in your hard drive.

Insync is able to work behind http firewall.
You can sync the folder selectively.
Insync converts the Google Doc to .gdoc file in your hard drive. Double click it will open the Google Doc in the browser.

Issues of Insync


Insync costs you $10. I think it is quite reasonable (perhaps quite expensive compared to the IOS or Android apps which normally $1.99). But I wonder what will happen when Google finally release the Google Drive client in Linux just the day after you buy Insync. Anyway, this may happen perhaps after 10 years? Nobody knows. 

Bandwidth Control

Insync does not have bandwidth control (But Dropbox has it long time ago). Not all of us are using high speed broadband here. We don’t want our video streaming get stuck just because a big file is updated in the Google Drive.


Dropbox gives 2GB free storage for users but Google Drive offers 25GB instead. Dropbox has good support in Linux but for Google Drive we have to find the alternative — Insync. While waiting Google to release the client in Linux (which could be after 10 years), it is wise to buy the Insync for $10. To me, losing data in my hard drive will cost more than I pay for the software.


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