Using Google Drive on Linux is a pain and you probably already know that. There is no official desktop client of Google Drive for Linux. It’s been more than six years since Google promised Google Drive on Linux but it doesn’t seem to be happening.
In the absence of the official Google Drive client on Linux, you have no option other than trying the alternatives. I have already discussed a number of tools that allow you to use Google Drive on Linux. One of those tools is Insync, and in my opinion, this is your best bet for a native Google Drive experience on desktop Linux.
Note that Insync is not an open source software. Heck, it is not even free to use.
But it has so many features that it becomes an essential tool for those Linux users who rely heavily on Google Drive.
I briefly discussed Insync in the old article about Google Drive and Linux. In this article, I’ll discuss Insync features in detail.
Insync brings native Google Drive experience to Linux desktop
The core competency of Insync is syncing your Google Drive, but the app is much more than that. It has features to help you maximize and control your productivity, your Google Drive and your files such as:
- Cross-platform access (supports Linux, Windows and macOS)
- Easy multiple Google Drive accounts access
- Choose your syncing location. Sync files to your hard drive, external drives and NAS!
- Support for features like file matching, symlink and ignore list
Let me show you some of the main features in action:
Cross-platform in true sense
Insync claims to run the same app across all operating systems i.e., Linux, Windows, and macOS. That means that you can access the same UI across different OSes, making it easy for you to manage your files across multiple machines.
Multiple Google account management
Insync interface allows you to manage multiple Google Drive accounts seamlessly. You can easily switch between several accounts just by clicking your Google account.
Custom sync folders
Customize the way you sync your files and folders. You can easily set your syncing destination anywhere on your
The selective syncing mode also allows you to easily select a number of files and folders you’d want to sync (or
It has features like file matching and ‘
The ‘ignore list’ allows you to set rules to exclude certain type of files from synchronization.
If you prefer to work out of the desktop, you have an “Add to Insync” feature that will allow you to add any local file to your Drive.
Insync also supports symlinks for those with workflows that use symbolic links. To learn more about Insync and symlinks, you can refer to this article.
Exclusive features for Linux
Insync supports the most commonly used 64-bit Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian
Insync also has headless support for those looking to sync through the command line interface. This is perfect if you use a distro that is not fully supported by the GUI app or if you are working with servers or if you simply prefer the CLI.
You can learn more about installing and running Insync headless here.
Insync pricing and special discount
Insync is a premium tool and it comes with a price tag. You have 2 licenses to choose from:
- Prime is priced at $29.99 per Google account. You’ll get access
to:cross-platform syncing, multiple accounts access and support.
- Teams is priced at $49.99 per Google account. You’ll be able to access all the Prime features + Team Drives syncing
It’s a one-time fee which means once you buy it, you don’t have to pay it again. In a world where everything is paid monthly, it’s refreshing to pay for software that is still one-time!
Each Google account has a 15-day free trial that will allow you to test the full suite of features, including Team Drives syncing.
If you think it’s a bit expensive for your budget, I have good news for you. As an It’s FOSS reader, you get Insync at 25% discount.
Just use the code ITSFOSS25 at checkout time and you will get 25% immediate discount on any license. Isn’t it cool?
If you are not certain yet, you can try Insync free for 15 days. And if you think it’s worth the money, purchase the license with ITSFOSS25 coupon code.
You can download Insync from their website.
I have used Insync from the time when it was available for free and I have always liked it. They have added more features over the time and improved its UI and performance. Overall, it’s a nice-to-have application if you use Google Drive a lot and do not mind paying for the efforts of the developers.