GWoffice (Google Web Office) is an application that lets you access Google Drive and its content directly from your desktop in Ubuntu. It supports HUD, drop and drag to upload documents, and offline synchronization.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) so you can create, download and modify documents that are stored on Google Drive online.  GWoffice comes with a clean and nice GTK theme that integrates well with Ubuntu.

Although it only works with office documents, it’s nice to have if you want to sync your Google documents in Ubuntu.

So, without wasting anymore of your time, let’s get going.


  • Install GWoffice in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tombeckmann/ppa




Finally, run the commands below to update your system and install GWoffice.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gwoffice