How to Sync Microsoft OneDrive with Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 (64 bit)
There are many instructions to syncronize your files with OneDrive cloud-based storage in Linux. However they typically address multiple Linux distributions that often causes a confusion or an use of some commands which have not been actually tested before publishing. This instruction is for Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 (64 bit) only.
In order to install onedrive, first you need to install some dependencies and set up git.
Let us open the Terminal application and enter the following:
sudo apt install build-essential sudo apt install libcurl4-openssl-dev sudo apt install libsqlite3-dev sudo apt install pkg-config sudo apt install git
Lets us move to Downloads directory
DMD compiler installation
Some instructions recommend using snap to install some dependencies, for example here:
If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or newer, use snap to install dmd
I tried that and found that after such installation some dependencies are not met!
So I recommend you to install those dependencies using classical method like this:
sudo wget https://netcologne.dl.sourceforge.net/project/d-apt/files/d-apt.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/d-apt.list sudo apt-get update --allow-insecure-repositories sudo apt-get -y --allow-unauthenticated install --reinstall d-apt-keyring sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dmd-compiler dub
We download the 64-bit package from
and install it at system level
sudo dpkg -i dmd_2.093.1-0_amd64.deb
Then we clone the required repository files with git:
git clone https://github.com/abraunegg/onedrive.git
Then compile and install it:
cd onedrive ./configure make sudo make install
The next step, you need to authorize onedrive with Microsoft so it can access your account:
Copy the web address appeared in the terminal window right after
Authorize this app visiting:, then open any web browser and paste it into the web browser address line.
Log in into your account and grant the application permission to acess your account.
Wait for response ...
Then copy and paste the web address of response into corresponding part of the terminal window with prompt
Enter the response uri:.
Now the installation has been done.
Before syncronization, let us create a onedrive directory for current user
mkdir -p ~/OneDrive
and copy a configuration file into default directory
cp config ~/.config/onedrive/config
Now we can leave the installation directory
It is a time to check our current configuration
You will see something like this
onedrive version = v2.4.0-25-g7f267a5 Config path = /home/yourcurrentusername/.config/onedrive Config file found in config path = true Config option 'check_nosync' = false Config option 'sync_dir' = /home/yourcurrentusername/OneDrive Config option 'skip_dir' = Config option 'skip_file' = ~*|.~*|*.tmp Config option 'skip_dotfiles' = false Config option 'skip_symlinks' = false Config option 'monitor_interval' = 45 Config option 'min_notify_changes' = 5 Config option 'log_dir' = /var/log/onedrive/ Config option 'classify_as_big_delete' = 1000 Config option 'sync_root_files' = false Selective sync configured = false
For one time sync, run
or if you want to monitor your OneDrive storage for changes
Do not forget that onedrive doesn’t start when the user logs in. To run automatically when you log in, you can add
onedrive --monitor command to your startup application.