FUSE filesystem over Google Drive
google-drive-ocamlfuse is a FUSE filesystem backed by Google Drive, written in OCaml. It lets you mount your Google Drive on Linux.
Features (see what’s new in version 0.6.x)
- Full read/write access to ordinary files and folders
- Read-only access to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides (exported to configurable formats)
- Multiple account support
- Duplicate file handling
- Access to trash (
- Unix permissions and ownership
- Symbolic links
- Read-ahead buffers when streaming
- Wiki: includes installation instructions, and more details about configuration, and authorization
Please be sure to have a look at the authorization page, to understand how the authorization process works, and to discover all the available options.
I’ve uploaded .deb packages for Ubuntu to my PPA. In order to to install it, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse
New beta versions are available on this PPA. If you want to test them, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/google-drive-ocamlfuse-beta sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse
For other installation options, please refer to the wiki.
How to build
Configuration and installation
To build the executable, run
ocaml setup.ml -configure ocaml setup.ml -build
To install it, run (as root, if your user doesn’t have enough privileges)
ocaml setup.ml -install
To uninstall anything that was previously installed, execute
ocaml setup.ml -uninstall
The first time, you can run
google-drive-ocamlfuse without parameters:
This command will create the default application directory
~/.gdfuse/default), containing the configuration file
config (see the
for more details about configuration). And it will start a web browser to
obtain authorization to access your Google Drive. This will let you modify
default configuration before mounting the filesystem.
Then you can mount the filesystem:
If you have more than one account, you can run:
google-drive-ocamlfuse -label label [mountpoint]
label to distinguish different accounts. The program will use the
~/.gdfuse/label to host configuration, application state, and file
cache. No file is shared among different accounts, so you can have a different
configuration for each one.
To unmount the filesystem, issue this command:
fusermount -u mountpoint
This application is still under testing, so there are probably bugs to
discover and fix. To be extra sure, if you want, you can mount the filesystem
in read-only mode, modifying the configuration (see the
to avoid any write attempt to the server. Anyway, the
rm command will simply
trash your file, so you should always be able to rollback any changes. If you
have problems, you can turn on debug logging:
google-drive-ocamlfuse -debug mountpoint
~/.gdfuse/default you can find
curl.log that will track every request
to the Google Drive API, and
gdfuse.log that will log FUSE operations and
cache management. If something goes wrong, you can try clearing the cache,
with this command:
If something still doesn’t work, try starting from scratch removing everything
~/.gdfuse/default. In this case you will need to reauthorize the
Note that in order to reduce latency, the application will query the server and check for changes only every 60 seconds (configurable). So, if you make a change to your documents (server side), you won’t see it immediately in the mounted filesystem.
Note also that Google Documents will be exported read-only.
If you have questions, suggestions or want to report a problem, you may want to open an issue on github.