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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.


When you start insync for the first time it is recommended to run it from the command line to set the path to your local folder which you would like to sync with your Google Drive.

$ insync --set-files-path=/your/local/folder

After having done that once you can start insync normally. A shortcut should be available in the start menu of your desktop environment.

Running as a systemd service

You can run insync automatically from boot using the systemd service.

 # systemctl enable insync@<user>


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. In future release it is planned to support selective sync of files and folders.


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