Mount Google Drive using GDrive on Linux Server with Own OAuth Credentials
In this article, I’m going to share how to mount Google Drive using GDrive with your own OAuth credentials. So, let’s start:
Table of Contents
- Install Go on Your Machine
- Create Own Google Credentials
- Download GDrive & Set Credentials
- Build the Project
- Upload & Test GDrive on Server
- File Upload Test
- Make Schedule Backup
Step 1 : Install Go on Your Machine
Step 2 : Create Own Google Credentials
To create your own credentials, follow these steps:
- Go to Google API Console
- Create a new project
- Enable Google Drive API
- Configure Consent Screen
- Create credentials by choosing OAuth client ID
This link may help you to create your own Google credentials.
Step 3 : Download GDrive & Set Credentials
We need to import gdrive package using this command:
go get github.com/prasmussen/gdrive
The gdrive binary should now be available at
From the binary folder, open
handlers_drive.go file from the root of the project directory and set your own credentials at 17 & 18 lines.
const ClientId = "367116221053-7n0v**.apps.googleusercontent.com" const ClientSecret = "1qsNodXN*****jUjmvhoO"
Step 4 : Build the Project
We’re about to finish. Let’s build the project. Run this command to build the project for Linux:
After building the project, you’ll find a new file called “gdrive” on the root of the project folder. We’ll upload this file on our server.
Note for Windows users: For Windows users, you need to change go GOOS environment variable. To check current GOOS value, run this command:
If you see the value like
GOOS=windows, you have to change to set
GOOS=linux. To do this, open PowerShell and type this command:
$env:GOOS = "linux"
After that, you can check
go env again and then run
go build to build the project. I recommend to use PowerShell for Windows users.
Note For macOS Users: At the time of building the project if you face error, you can try by changing GOOS env. To change GOOS env from macOS run this command:
Now you can try to build the project using
go build command.
Credit: Thanks Yuom Theara for sharing the macOS issue and solution. ?
Step 5 : Upload & Test GDrive on Server
We’ve already built GDrive with our own credentials. It’s time to test. I’m testing on CentOS 8. Let’s upload the generated gdrive file on our server.
Move GDrive to your server’s bin folder. The bin path of CentOS is:
sudo mv gdrive /usr/sbin/gdrive
We need to set file permission. Run this command to set permission:
# CentOS sudo chmod 700 /usr/sbin/gdrive # OtherOS sudo chmod 700 /server-bin-path/gdrive
gdrive list command to start the authentication process. You will see a link like this:
Copy and paste the link in the browser. Accept the permission and you will get a verification code. It may show unverified, but just click on advanced and click
goto <your app name>(unsafe).
Copy the verification code and paste:
Enter verification code: 4/9gKYAFAJ326XIP6J42t35****
We have installed & setup GDrive and connected it to our Google Drive. Now we are able to use GDrive commands. ?
Step 6 : File Upload Test
Let’s try to upload a file from server to Google Drive.
# upload to google drive root folder gdrive upload test.zip # upload to a specefic folder gdrive upload --parent 1dYSp4NcaRTykSebFt-UoAadszRhMQciX test.zip
File successfully saved to drive:
Step 7 : Make Schedule Backup
To make schedule backup, just add a cron job. Open cronjob file by typing this:
sudo crontab -e
Now add this line to take backup daily at 12 AM:
Done…! I hope this article will help you. ?
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