How to install Google Drive on Linux Mint 18.1, 18.2

Google Drive lets you store your data in the cloud

Google Drive on Linux Mint

Google Drive is great for storing your data in the cloud, so that your data is synced across several devices for instant access. Unfortunately, Linux Mint 18.1 and even the latest 18.2 doesn’t come installed with GNOME Online accounts. Therefore, you can’t add Google accounts by default settings.

In this article, I will guide you on how to install GNOME Online Accounts which will enable the PC to install Google Drive.


STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Enter the following command to install GNOME Control Center.

sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center

STEP 3: Enter the following command to install GNOME Online Accounts.

sudo apt-get install gnome-online-accounts

STEP 4: Let’s launch Gnome Online Accounts from Terminal. Copy and paste the following command, and hit enter.

Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME gnome-control-center --overview

Installing Google Drive

STEP 5: You should now see the GNOME Control Center. Note that this will look similar to the ‘System Settings’ app of Linux Mint, but both are different.

GNOME Settings
GNOME Settings

STEP 6: Click ‘Online Accounts’.

STEP 7: Click ‘Add Online Account’.

Adding Online Account
Adding Online Account

STEP 8: Go ahead and add your Google Account. After entering correct credentials, you should see your Google account and Google Drive data.

Google Account Added
Google Account Added

You should see your Google account in the network section of Nemo (Files) app.

Google Drive in Files App
Google Drive in Files App

Note that you will see a directory with your google account in the “Home” section. This directory will not sync from PC to cloud, but vice-versa is true. In order to have a sync capability from PC to Google Drive, you must use the directory in the “Network” section of “Files” app.

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I was searching for a solution to point my different Google Drive accounts on Linux Mint 18.2.
Your tutorial is really clear and so simple to follow.
Now i can access and use my differents Google Drive easily from the file manager.
Thanks a lot !


Is it possible to change the directory? On windows, I pointed my google drive to an external drive of mine. I’d like to do the same on linux.


i have done all steps without error but there is no directory in network or home section!


Hey Kiran,
thanks for the instructions. I’m on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena. However, after clicking on “add online account”, I don’t manage to sign into my google account and get the following error in the terminal:

Error loading module ‘/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/’: /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32
Error scanning plugin /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/, /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/webkit2gtk-4.0/WebKitPluginProcess returned 256 exit status

Any suggestions what to do?


This worked for me. Thank you.

Leo Boe

Hi, I can make the configuration, but when I going to connect with nemo, it says: Invalid credentials for leonar… I’m using Cinnamon


It means your credentials are incorrect… 😉
Double check your password.

Paul G

I just followed your instruxctions. Thank you. However, I do not see anything “google” in home or nework on Linux Mint 18.2