Insync is an unofficial Google Drive Client that works in Windows, Mac OSX and Linux systems. The Windows and Mac version have just come out of beta with pricing for its Pro edition and later its Business edition. The cost for Insync Pro edition is a one-time $9.99. There’s also a 15 day trial period that required no credit card.

The Linux version is still in beta which means, you’ll continue to use it for free. It supports all major Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. Insync Google Drive Client has become the unofficial Google Drive Client for all Linux systems. It’s great product and paying a one-time $9.99 is worth it.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Insync in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail and previous versions. The current version which is 0.9.41 fixes issues with GNOME shell extension not loading, auto-starting Insync in Cinnamon when system tray icon is loaded, and a fix for the tooltip for Cinnamon’s system tray icon.

To get started with installing Insync in Ubuntu, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal or console. When it opens,  run the commands below to add its repository’s key in Ubuntu.

wget -O -[email protected] | sudo apt-key add -



Next, run the commands below to add its repository

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb raring non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'


Finally, run the commands below to update your system as well as install Insync.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install insync-beta-ubuntu



That’s it!




If you decide to remove or completely uninstall Insync from Ubuntu, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get purge insync-beta-ubuntu && sudo apt-get autoremove


To remove its repository from Ubuntu, go to System Settings –> Software & Updates –> Other Software tab, then select and remove it.




Select the Authentication tab and remove the repository key as well.