Note: This tutorial is based on Debian 10. It may work in similar environments.
While this is not a filesystem mount via the Linux kernel (such as I just described in a previous blog post), KIO GDrive (part of KDE) enables KIO-aware applications (such as the Dolphin file manager, Kate editor, or Gwenview image viewer) to access, navigate, and edit Google Drive files.
kio-gdrive is available as a package in several Linux distributions. If installed, the Dolphin file manager will get an entry “Google Drive” under “Network”. There, an unprivileged desktop user can ‘mount’ a GoogleDrive account via a guided graphical configuration (during which the default browser will be opened where one needs to give KDE KAccounts permission to access the GoogleDrive account).
This method doesn’t provide access to GoogleDrive via a terminal, but it integrates it nicely with a graphical desktop. But the best part is that you don’t have to be root/superuser in order to do this, nor do you have to use the command line or write configuration files!
The following screenshots will walk you through the entire process!
kio-gdrive (on Debian:
apt install kio-gdrive). After installation, Dolphin file manager immediately should get an entry called “Google Drive” under “Network” (see also featured image of this blog post).
Click on “New account” under “Google Drive”. A dialog window opens:
Once you give permission, you will see: