How to Sync Google Docs in Linux

Written by chad anderson
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Several services are available for synchronising your Google documents, but many of them rely on outside software or websites instead of just your system and Google's services. To synchronise your Google Docs account with your Linux desktop, you can use gdocsfs, a file system mounting tool that turns your Google Docs space into a piece of your file system, and an extension that synchronises your documents with Google Docs automatically. Both make using and uploading your documents easy under GNU/Linux.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Google Docs FS

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    Launch your Linux distribution's package management utility. For Ubuntu, this is Synaptic, while under Fedora you use yum.

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    Search for Google Docs, then download and install either gdocsfs or google-docs-fs. Different distributions call the package different things. Some distributions only have the software available through a third-party repository.

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    Launch a terminal window, then type "mkdir ~/gdocs/" and press the "Enter" key. Type "whereis gdocsfsmount" to see the location of gdocsfs. Type "cd /path/to/gdocsfs" where "/path/to/gdocsfs" is the output of the whereis command.

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    Type "cd conf" to enter the configuration directory. Type "nano," then enter your account information in the text file. Without setting up your account, you are unable to log in and synchronise your documents. Save the file and exit.

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    Type "gdocsfsmount /path/to/gdocsfs ~/gdocs" where "/path/to/gdocsfs" is the output of the whereis command where the conf folder was located and "~/gdocs" is the folder you made in your home directory for Google Docs. to Google Docs

  1. 1

    Navigate to in your Web browser.

  2. 2

    Enter "OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs" into the search field, then click the link to open the extension's page.

  3. 3

    Click the "Get It" button to launch the download window. Open using the or LibreOffice Extension Manager. You are now able to synchronise and see your documents inside OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

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