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Insync already supports Google Drive

Linux users will soon have a new way to access and sync OneDrive on Linux. 

Insync, makers of a popular third-party Google Drive syncing client for Linux (and Windows and macOS), have decided to add another string to their bow: Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service.

Microsoft offer a OneDrive basic plan for free. It comes with 5GB of free cloud storage for files, photos and other data. Official OneDrive apps for Windows and macOS, as well as for Android and iOS, make it trivial to manage files across platforms.

Update: Hurrah, the Insync 3 beta build is now available to download featuring OneDrive sync for Ubuntu & other Linux distros.

But there’s nothing for Linux.

Instead, third-party developers have stepped up to the full the void, engineering practicable solutions to help those who want (or need) to use OneDrive on Linux.

Alas, most OneDrive Linux clients are command-line based tools, such as OneDriver CLI OneDrive, and a fork of it.

Command line tools are great if you’re a competent CLI ninja working from a Terminal most of the time, but less than ideal for those used to GUIs. I know I’m certainly the latter.

Insync OneDrive Support is Coming

Word that Insync will support OneDrive sync in its next major release is really great news.


Because the feature will finally give Linux users access to their OneDrive files on the Linux desktop without needing to use command line clients and issue verbose commands.

Insync OneDrive features include:

  • Selectively sync OneDrive files & folders to Linux
  • Access files across multiple computers and platforms
  • Manage OneDrive files with a GUI
  • Sync folders anywhere on your system
  • Sync multiple OneDrive Accounts

More feature may be added in future.

You can sign up for the Insync beta now

Although there’s (currently) no official release date for the feature addition but Insync plan to launch a beta testing period soon.

And if you’re keen to be part of that testing period to help kick the tyres on OneDrive support in Insync 3, sign up for the beta at the link below.

Sign up for the InSync OneDrive Beta

One small note: although Insync is hugely popular with users of open source software (it fills a gap) the app itself is proprietary. Insync requires a paid license for full use. It’s not clear if the addition of OneDrive will require users who already pay to pay again to use it.

Do you use OneDrive on Linux? Does this news make you more likely to?
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