overGrive - Raspberry Pi Raspbian Installation Instructions

overGrive is a complete Google Drive desktop client solution for Raspbian



  • Raspberry Pi with Raspbian Debian Weezy or later installed
  • You need to install some dependencies before installing overGrive. Open a terminal window and enter:
sudo apt-get install gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 indicator-application libappindicator1 libappindicator3-1 libdbusmenu-glib4 libdbusmenu-gtk3-4 libdbusmenu-gtk4 libindicator3-7 libindicator7 libnotify-bin lsb-release python-oauth2client python-pip python-pkg-resources python-pyinotify python-setuptools
sudo pip install --upgrade google-api-python-client


sudo dpkg -i overgrive_3.2.x_all.deb
  • If you encounter any errors during the install relating to depencecies open a terminal window and enter:
sudo apt-get install -f


  • To un-install overGrive simply remove via the command line with : sudo apt-get remove overgrive


  • Symbolic links are not supported.
  • Forward slash ( / ) symbol in filename is not supported.
  • Google Drawings converted to SVG or other local file formats cannot be edited and converted back to Google Drawings format. This does not apply for the other Google Docs formats.
  • Google Forms and Google Maps not supported.


  • After install start the application by selecting overGrive from the Accessories menu.
  • Follow the setup instructions as show in the screenshots below.


1. Getting Started - Launch overGrive Setup

  • Start the application by selecting for overGrive from the Accessories Menu.


2. Connect account - Authorize your Google Drive account

  • Click Connect account


  • A browser window will open for you to sign in to your Google account.


  • Grant overGrive permission to access your Google Drive.
  • Click Accept to continue.


  • You will be given a authorization token code by Google. Copy this code. 


  • Paste your Google authorization code in the Account entry box provided.
  • Click Validate to validate the code.


3. First Sync

  • After completing the validation process, your account will be connected.
  • You will now be able to select which Google Drive folders to sync to your computer.
  • You can also select if you would like overGrive to convert your Google Docs to office file formats.
  • Once you have completed setting your preferences. Click Start Sync
  • NOTE : Files in your Shared with me folder will only be synced if they are dragged to My Drive on Google Drive online. Only files and folders in your My Drive wil be synced.
  • NOTE : Before syncing for the first time, we suggest you clear all Trash files from your Google Drive online.


  • Your files will be synchronized to your local Google Drive folder from your Google Drive online.
  • NOTE : It is important to allow overGrive to finish the first sync completely. If the first sync does not complete it will open the overGrive setup screen again on restart. You can simply select Start Sync again to complete the synchronization process.