How to install Overgrive on Ubuntu – A Google drive desktop client solution for Linux

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OverGrive is paid Google drive solution for Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSuse, Debian, Fedora and other Linux forks. It provides features like auto Sync Google Drive to your computer; auto Sync Local Files to Google Drive;  Select Google Drive Folder; Select Google Drive Folders to Sync; Convert Google Docs to Office File Formats for offline editing; Convert Office Files back to Google Docs formats and Sync Multiple Accounts.

As said OverGive is a premium software, however, it comes with a 14-days trial period after that one time license needs to be purchased at cost of $4.

Here we are going to install the OverGrive on Ubuntu 18.04 and the steps will be same for Linux Mint, Debian or other same Linux based operating systems.

The older Ubuntu version such as Ubuntu 16.04,15.04 and later or Linux Mint 18 and its later version need to install the Gnome Software Center.  (See: Google drive on Linux mint 18/19/Ubuntu: How to install & setup guide

Step 1: Go to you Linux Mint or Ubuntu operating system.

Login to Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint and open command terminal. The Ubuntu operating system should be greater than Ubuntu 12.04 (32 bit or 64 bit) while the Debian OS should support the GTK3.

Step 2: Add the Universe repository

To install the OverGrive on Linux (Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint), first, we need to install the below Universe Repo. Although it can be activated through the Ubuntu Software Center -> Software Sources / Software & Updates, here we are installing it using the command line.

sudo add-apt-repository universe && sudo apt-get update

Step 3: Enable the Google Account

Before moving further towards the OverGrive installation, we need to enable the Google Account on Linux. On Ubuntu 18/Linux 19, the GNOME Online Account feature is already installed. So, just go to Settings->Online Account->Google Account. Use your Gmail ID to activate the Google Account on Linux.

However for older versions of the Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center
sudo apt-get install gnome-online-accounts

Google Drive on Ubuntu

Step 4: Download OverGrive DEB latest version

After following all the above steps, its time to download the latest Debian package of OverGrive for Ubuntu/Linux Mint or Debian. However, binary packages also available for Fedora, Raspbian and Arch too.

Click on Download DEB button.

downlaod overgrive

Step 5: Install OverGrive

Once you download the OverGrive, it automatically goes into the Downloads folder. Open-File Manager and go to Downloads folder from where do a right click on the downloaded OverGrive file and select Open with Software Install option.

install overgive using ubuntu software center

Step 6: Click on the Install Button

The OverGive software installation wind0w will open with an Install option, click on that.

Click on Install button of OverGrive from Ubuntu software center

Step 7: Setup OpenGrive Linux Google Drive manager and synchronization

After the installation, go to Applications and search for OverGrive as it appears to click on that.

Note: If even after the installation the OverGirve doesn’t open then use these two commands:

sudo apt install python-oauth2client
sudo pip install --upgrade google-api-python-client

overgrive installed on Ubunt linux mint

Step 8:  Setup Required

It asks you to set up Google Drive account before going further, as we already have done that above. So, click on the OK button.


Step 9:  Connect Google Account to OverGrive

Click on the Connect account.. button that in return will open the browser to authenticate the OverGrive with your G-Account.

Connect Google account

Enter the Google Account password and allow the OverGrive to access Google Drive and its files associated with that particular account.

Allow overGrive to access the Google account

After the authentication, a code will generate which you need to copy.

Copy the code and paste in OverGrive application

Paste that copy code on the Account box of the OverGrive and then check the “Start Google Drive When you start your computer” option and after that click on the Validate button.

setup OverDrive Google drive for Linux Mint

Step 10: Start using the OverGrive

If you want to activate the licence then click on Activate or 14 days trial select the Continue button option.

Activate OverGrive

To control the OverGrive settings you can use its icon given on the Taskbar of Linux. To open the Google Drive folder, one can use the “Open Google Drive Folder” option given there.

Open Google Drive folder

Other Useful Resources: 

Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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