Google Drive mini tutorials and how-to guides

Mount and access your Google Drive as a file directory on Ubuntu 16.04

Using tips and steps outlined at this source and also here, first add the Ubuntu ppa then install the package:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse

Then, initially to authenticate access to Google Drive, issue the following command in your terminal:


which should start a browser session to obtain the requisite Google account authorisation, through which you should be prompted to select your Google account with these steps:


followed by


and then click [Allow] to afford access for 30 days:


at which point the following appears


and then after a short wait, once completed, you should receive the following notification in your terminal:


Thereafter, create the mount directory point and mount your Google Drive:

sudo mkdir /mnt/googledrive
sudo chown __USER__: /mnt/googledrive
google-drive-ocamlfuse /mnt/googledrive

Note: substitute __USER__ for your own username

Check the access by issuing the following command:

ls -l /mnt/googledrive/