overGrive – Ubuntu Installation Instruction


  • Ubuntu 16.04 – 20.04 / Mint 18 – 20 (32bit / 64bit) or later installed. The software should work on most Debian based systems if they support Gtk3.
  • Python 3.5.3 or later installed. Ubuntu 16.04 / Mint 18 users must update to at least Python 3.5.3 or use the AppImage version.
  • Users updating to Ubuntu 20.04 should un-install and re-install overGrive.
  • The Ubuntu ‘Universe‘ repository must be activated in the Software Center -> Software Sources / Software & Updates. You can also activate the repository from command line with:
sudo add-apt-repository universe && sudo apt-get update && 
  • Valid Google Drive Account.


sudo dpkg -i overgrive_3.3.*_all.deb
  • If you encounter any errors during the install relating to depencecies open a terminal window and enter:
sudo apt install -f


  • Symbolic links are not supported yet.
  • 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 Photos, Google Maps and Google Forms are not supported.

1. Getting Started – Launch overGrive Setup

  • Start the application from the dash by searching for overgrive.