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insync is an alternative Google Drive client which is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux which allows you to sync a local folder or symlinked folders with your Google Drive. Whilst previous Beta versions used to be for free, the final release features a trial period after which a one-time payment per Google account is required.


Install insyncAUR, available in the AUR. It contains the synchronization daemon, a systemd service file and a command line utility for configuration. It can be used and integrates nicely with different desktop environments such as KDE, Gnome or Cinnamon.


Note: Starting Insync with the --set-files-path flag is no longer necessary. The aforementioned flag has been removed from recent Insync releases.

Insync can be started with the insync start command and stopped with the insync quit command. A shortcut for starting Insync should be available in the applications menu of your desktop environment.

Running as a systemd service

Enable insync@<user>.service.


When you start insync from the start menu it may not appear in the task bar. For that you need to add the task bar applet by right-click on your panel.


The usage is self-explanatory. Copy files and folders from and to your local folder to sync it with your Google Drive.

Control via CLI

See How to control Insync via command line (CLI).


Slow sync process

The default systemd service file provided in insyncAUR uses the --synchronous-full flag to make sqlite transactions safer and prevent database corruption. However, for some users this might considerably slow down the sync process. If you do not need full synchronisation, create /etc/systemd/system/insync@.service to override the provided service file and modify the ExecStart variable:

.include /usr/lib/systemd/system/insync@.service
ExecStart=/usr/bin/insync start

GUI not starting and failing silently

When running insync start, the status tray icon does not appear and insync does not start.

According to [1], this is due to QGtkStyle. You will need to set the Qt4 theme to something other than GTK using qtconfig-qt4.

This issue is sometimes observed when using the Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics cards, and can be resolved by using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers.

Running insync start --no-daemon from the terminal logs output to stdout and prevents the process from being detached. This makes troubleshooting much simpler.