How to install Grive2 in Ubuntu
Posted on Saturday January 09, 2016 by Eric Potvin
Do you backup your files manually? or do you even backup your files?
If you say yes to at least one of the question above, it's time to setup your backup.
Google Drive provides functionality to backup your files on the Google Cloud. This can be done manually by opening Firefox or Chrome and manually uploading files.
Now, if you do not want to manually, you need to install Grive2.
Grive2 is a tool that will allow you to backup your files to Google Drive without login via an Internet browser.
First, let's add the Grive2 repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
Now, let's install it
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grive
Setup your backup folder
You can either use an existing folder or create a new one, for example:
mkdir -p ~/backup cd ~/backup
Now, before you can start backup, you need to grant it permission to access your Google Drive:
This will give you a Google URL that generates a unique token. This token is use to sync data between your computer and Google Drive.
You should see something like (on the Internet browser) and you’ll be asked to give Grive permission to access your Google Drive and after clicking
Allow access. One you allowed the access, you will see a private key or token:
Please copy this code, switch to your application and paste it there: [ MY_VERY_LONG_PRIVATE_KEY ]
Copy and paste the private key to the shell.
Every time you need to backup files, simply run:
If you want to automatically backup files, you can setup a cronjob. This will allow to automatically run your backup.
The important thing you have to make sure is you need to make sure you get the full path of the grive tool by running: