I'm using Google Suite and I have added my Google drive to Ubuntu online accounts.

I can see my Google drive and its content when I open the File Explorer. I have tried and successfully given all permissions from Google to Ubuntu gnome online accounts.

The problem is that I cannot see or add my shared drives, is there a way to do that?


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Update Q1 2022: this seems to be possible with current versions of Gnome: Screenshot showing Shared drives enter image description here

This is currently (Q3 2019) not possible without additional (non-free or non-oss) software.

There are open issues on Gnome's GitLab issue tracker:

as well as on ODrives Github issue tracker:

At least insync (commercial) claims to give offline access to Google's Shared Drives for flexible and productive workflows. There may be support in other commercial offerings.

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    Looks like this will come natively with Ubuntu 21.04, according to the second link (gvfs #377). Only one more week to wait 😀.
    – Didier L
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 19:09
  • @DidierL can you verify that shared drives area available in Ubuntu 21.04? Can this functionality be achieved by upgrading Gnome in Ubuntu 20.04?
    – Stefan_EOX
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 10:42
  • @Stefan_EOX this comment on the second issue from the list above claims that this feature is available in Ubuntu 21.04.
    – René
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 15:51
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    @Stefan_EOX yes it works now, I see a "Shared with me" folder. I don’t think you can upgrade Gnome without upgrading the rest. If you are ready to go that way, why wouldn’t you switch to a non-LTS Ubuntu version?
    – Didier L
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 20:06
  • General afraidness, I guess, stops me from updating Ubuntu. ;-) Thanks for your confirmation. Btw, the next LTS is said to be available by 21st of April '22: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu-22-04-release-features
    – Stefan_EOX
    Commented Apr 4, 2022 at 6:46

I was having the same issue, but reading the answer above in late 2023 I was confused why it was not working for me on the latest Gnome Version on ArchLinux.

Rebooting my PC fixed it for me. The additional "shared drives" suddenly appeared.


I'm at 20.04 and I'm able to mount/view shared gdrives. Go to your mountpoint and then your .share directory. Your shared files are here, but the visibility/syncing is a little odd. (I'm still figuringing it out.)

I had made a symlink elsewhere for convenient access to some of my shared directories. However, "find -L" didn't always work. I had to "tickle" the shared directories by cd-ing into them from the .shared mountpoint.

I'm guessing the syncing/mounting of shared files is more casual than the files you own.

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