Linux client GUI


I too am slowly moving from Microsoft to Linux. The confusing part for me here is that OSX is basically Linux, so I don’t understand how a regular Linux GUI Client can be so hard. The advertising also caught me and I think is rather misleading of oDrive. You have a good product but as I see it you are liiting its use by not fully supporting Linux and being too costly. I won’t go Premium until full Linux support is there and the cost structure is more reasonable.


I have a temporary fix for Nautilus users.

Install nautilus-actions - sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

Open it, make an action called Sync With ODrive (or whatever you want, this is the name that will appear in the context menu). Under Command, in the path (clear everything first), type "$HOME/.odrive-agent/bin/odrive" sync %f"

Now, whenever you right click > Nautlius Actions > Sync With Odrive, it will sync that file/folder. If that folder is not in the odrive directory, nothing will happen.

Tips and advice for oDrive in WINE

Yeah when I heard that odrive supported Linux, I got happy for a moment.

Command-line actions is not something 99% of the population will ever be able to get things done. This is exactly why Linux is as successful of an operating system for the general consumer market since… forever. Not trying to step on toes with Linux though, I too wish I could migrate away from Windows in some area, but right now it has everything I could ever wish for and need to get things done. I don’t have the time to mentally map out a visualization of what is “probably going on in the background” I need a GUI that interacts with my actions.

Until then, I’ll just tell people that ask… that odrive does not support Linux.


Hi devanshrtrivedi. Until odrive is fully Linux usable with a GUI I am looking at alterntives. overGrive so far looks like a good option and seems to do the job, and does not cost an arm and a leg, or tow.

What are your reservations about overGrive. I would like to hear before I possibly pay the $5 and regret it.


I agree that the biggest problem is not that it is a CLI -it is that there is no recursion and that you have to sync every folder/ file individually. For the user, this is not much better than just downloading it from a browser and then uploading it after editing.

With the current set of commands, the whole point of progressing sync is lost in Linux.

I am sure the community would help if you just got a project started.


Hi @erik,
I forked the official CLI and added recursive sync here, if you are interested:


Fantastic, Thank you Tony!

At home, I exclusively use Linux, and oDrive is a tremendous addition to my workflow.

I look forward to the GUI client. Not that CLI is terrible, but the ability to right-click a .Cloudf or .Cloud file and sync/unsync files is wonderful. I’ve experimented with the Windows client in WINE, gotten it running, but it isn’t much help when I can’t use Windows Explorer. I’m exploring (ha) more options on how to integrate oDrive in WINE, until you guys make a linux client.

Thanks ya’ll!



I thought this might help others.

If you use ODrive on Linux, there is no GUI.

Adding this to your scripts folder for nautilus or caja, will give you helpful actions from the right-click context menu of your file manager

After you install, authenticate, and mount… you can do the rest from here.
You can even select mutliple files… to sync/unsync

Fairly basic, but gets the job done.


Thanks @sav74sac! I moved your post to this thread for better visibility.


The nice thing about linux is that you can do nifty thing like make a gui interface for a shell command like odrive!
Using yad (in the repositories), I’ve made a front end for odrive cli. I can start / stop the agent, backup / remove backup, sync / unsync, refresh, etc… The gui has a row of buttons to do each task. Clicking on sync, brings up a file dialog which is pointed to my mount folder and only allows me to select a file ending in .cloudf. Once the .couldf file is selected, the gui parses it with the odrive sync command and presto, my folder is synced or syncing.
Here’s a link to a picture of the gui. I’ve only spent a couple of days on it, so improvements are coming. If anyone is interested, I’ll share the shell script.


Thanks for the contribution @papaquals!


No… thank you and the team! I’ve looked at others, but I find that odrive works best for me.


Looks like I issued my thanks a bit too soon. When the unsync button stopped working in my gui app, I discovered that unsyncing a folder was only a premium feature. I now use SME which already has a linux gui and the free version isn’t crippled.


Hi @papaquals,
I’m sorry to hear that odrive doesn’t meet your needs, at this time. I’d suggest keeping an eye on us, as we have some new stuff nearing preview/beta stages that will offer different ways to work with your data, and more flexible pricing models that you may find interesting.


And odrive archlinux dont fuction, fix please… we need a Gui on linux :frowning:


I offer another method to add odrive sync engine comands to to the linux file manager (Dolphin / Nautilus).

The way I did this was to:

  1. create shell scripts that will do a odrive sync task
    I created one ( that does a sync command on a .cloudf or .cloud file
    eval odrive sync ‘${1}’
    exit $?
    save somewhere and make it executable
    I also created one ( that syncs all the files in the folder 1 level below it
    6>&1;output=“go”; while [ “$output” ]; do output=$(find “${1}” -maxdepth 1 -name “*.cloud” -exec python “$HOME/.odrive-agent/bin/” sync “{}” ;|tee /dev/fd/6); done
    exit $?
    Save somewhere and make it executable
  2. create .desktop short cut that calls those shell script
    create them here: ~/.local/share/applications/
[Desktop Entry]
Name=sync odrive place holder file
[Desktop Entry]
Name=sync odrive folder

  1. associate the desktop short cut with the mime type of the odrive files in question
    To do this Edit
    and in the [Added Associations] section add these lines to associate our new .desktop launcher short cuts with specific file types.


The mime type of the .cloudf or .cloud files are application/x-zerosize
The mime type of folders is inode/directory.

Now the file explorer app should have Open With > sync odrive folder when you right a click a folder
And it will have Open With > sync odrive place holder file when you right click on a .cloudf or .cloud file

Postscript: I found that on my kubuntu install that having the mimeapps.list run for inode/directory made it so that my system would not open folders when selected in Computer > Places. It would run the script instead.
A modified version of is needed to prevent that.:

 # test if the folder in in your odrive mount point path
if [[ "${1}" =~ "<your odrive mount point path>" ]]; then

 # if it is run the sync job

   6>&1;output="go"; while [ "$output" ]; do output=$(find "${1}" -maxdepth 1 -name "*.cloud" -exec python "$HOME/.odrive-agent/bin/" sync "{}" \;|tee /dev/fd/6); done  

  # if it is not open the folder in dolphin
   /usr/bin/dolphin ${1}
exit $?

Linux agent/cli understanding
Needs to get Linux support (Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat )

Thanks @ttguy1!

I noticed you posted this in a couple of other threads, so I edited those to point here. This will make it easier to edit, if need be.