Google Drive on Linux Mint

Google Drive is great for storing your data in the cloud, meaning your files are synced across several devices for instant access. Unfortunately, Linux Mint 18.1 and even the latest 18.2 doesn’t come pre-installed with Cloud accounts.  No worries, we shall install GNOME Online accounts, which lets you login to your Google Drive account.  Here is a step-by-step guide on exactly to set it up on your computer.

Installing GNOME-Online-Accounts

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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16 Comments on "How to install Google Drive on Linux Mint 18.1, 18.2"

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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!

George E Gelles

Did you ever find out where the drives are located? I just tried this and cnt find the drive..


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…[email protected]. I’m using Cinnamon


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


double-check the password how?
I’m thinking I typed in the correct password because Google accepts it and allows me to proceed to step 8 above.

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

Steve Dalton

Great post Kiran – thanks taking the time to share this with us.


Great work!!! All show up under devices section, not network on 18.3 sylvia linux mint Mate

Fred stegmann

Thank you very much for this advise, appreciated!


What about Grive2. This will allow you to sync and save your google drive. while manual, it will allow you access your data if you do not have online access…

rudy cruysbergs

Perfect post!

jansen simanullang

It works like a charm in Linux Mint 18.3 too! Thanks a lot!