How to add pCloud Drive to Startup on Ubuntu

pCloud offers 10GB free cloud storage space and a Linux desktop client is available for download that makes it easy to manage the stored data. This article walks you through the installation as well as adding the program to start automatically during startup.

If you are a cloud storage shopper, you could have come across pCloud Drive. It’s a popular cloud service offering 10GB free storage space for saving your work and personal files on a secure cloud. The storage drive is accessible via your web browser or by using a desktop client.

In this tutorial, we are going to walk you through installing its desktop client on Ubuntu. Also, we will enable the pCloud service to startup automatically when the system starts.

Before starting our tutorial, we need to make sure that your Ubuntu is up-to-date using the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Installing pCloud on Ubuntu

Step 1. Download the deb package from the official website. (Click Here.)

Download Pcloud Drive For Linux 64 Bit
Download Pcloud Drive For Linux 64 Bit

Step 2. Save the deb package.

Save Pcloud Deb Package

Pcloud Deb Package Downloaded Successfully
Pcloud Deb Package

Step 4. Move to the Downloads directory.

cd Downloads

Move To The Downloads Directory
Move To The Downloads Directory

Step 5. To install the deb package, we need to install the gdebi first.

sudo apt install gdebi

Install Gdebi Package
Install Gdebi Package

Step 6. After the gdebi installed successfully, you can install the pCloud deb package.

sudo gdebi pCloud_Linux_amd64_3.1.1.deb

Install Pcloud Deb Package
Install the Deb Package

Step 7. Now let’s open the pCloud drive desktop client. You can use one of the following two methods:

First Method: Launch desktop client using the terminal:


Start Pcloud From Terminal

Second Method: Look for pCloud and open it.

Start Pcloud Application From The Installed Applications Dash

Step 8. You can now login to your account or create a new account if you do not have one.

Welcome To Pcloud Application

Add pCloud Drive to Startup Applications

To make the app to start automatically during the system startup, launch the Ubuntu startup applications, and add the program’s path to the startup applications.

Step 1. From the left panel, open the installed applications then open the startup applications.

Open Startup Applications
Open Startup Applications

Step 2. The startup applications preference interface should look like the below screenshot.

Startup Applications Preferences
Startup Applications Preferences

Step 3. Now press the Add button.

Press The Add Button
Press the Add Button

The add startup program window should look like the below screenshot.

Add A Startup Application
Add A Startup Application

Step 4. Next, you can browse the location of the installed desktop client. Then press the Add button to continue.

Add The Pcloud Application To Startup Applications
Add The Application To Startup Applications

Step 5. As you can see in the below screenshot, the app has been added successfully to your startup applications. Now you are done and can restart your system.

Pcloud Application Added To Startup Applications Successfully
Application Added To Startup Applications Successfully

Congratulations, you have just installed the pCloud drive desktop client on Ubuntu and enabled the automatic startup.

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.


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