I have installed grive . It creates google drive folder . From gdrive menu bar when i click sync now it shows synchronizing and complete message .But no file syncs.My Auto sync is also on.


grive is not very well maintained (last update was in 2013 I think), and google deperecated the api it used so it will not now work.

So for syncing Google Drive, you could try something else - for instance, this fork of grive. You can install that as detailed here, by adding the PPA ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 and installing the grive package, or installing the appropiate deb package from here,

You can also sync using the Chrome/Chromium browser, create a application shortcut for drive, then sync for offline use - see here, here and here.

Google do provide a native client for windows/mac (the Windows one may work under Wine, I haven't tried this yet), however there is no offical linux (or ubuntu) client. There is some demand for one - as shown by this petition.


I had the same issue and also with bunch of other programs that were simply not available for Linux OS. I installed Windows to run off VirtualBox and this solved most of my issues


The grive package from the Ubuntu Software Center no longer works because Google has discontinued service for Google Documents List API version 3.0, replacing it with a new API. The grive package has been forked by Grive2. The Grive2 fork supports the new Google Drive REST API and it also includes a new feature: partial (directory) sync. The instructions for enabling Google Drive integration in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu are in this answer.

Ubuntu 14.04 and later (for all desktop environments)

Open Drive is a Google Drive client for desktops written in Electron. It's fast, secure and easy to use.


  • Automatic synchronization between files
  • Automatically updates modified files.
  • Gives notifications.
  • Runs in the system tray.
  • No need to spend money.

To install Open Drive in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu open the terminal and type:

sudo snap install odrive-unofficial

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