OneDrive Ubuntu

OneDrive by Microsoft does not officially support Linux/Ubuntu for obvious reasons, but you have made a switch from Windows to Ubuntu, or maybe just giving it a try and need Microsoft OneDrive.

No need to worry, with just a few steps you will be able to use OneDrive on your Ubuntu.

There are a lot of ways to use OneDrive on Ubuntu unofficially, some of them are free some are paid.

If you are willing to pay for a service and not get into the hassle of installing and maintaining it yourself, then Insync is a nice client to automate everything. It can help you manage Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox files straight from your Desktop.

If you decide to do it yourself then in this article we will learn how to install OneDrive on Ubuntu for free.

Steps To Install

Clone the GitHub repository, run configure and make, then install

git clone
cd onedrive
make clean; make;
sudo make install

Deactivate your DMD compiler



Now we have OneDrive up and running but it won’t sync anything as of yet. So we will go through some basic commands that will help you manage your OneDrive.

To start sync (monitor) just run the following command.

onedrive -m

To run sync

onedrive --synchronize

This command will start live sync between the local files and files on the server and then download (update) the files.

You have to run the above command every time you restart your Ubuntu.

Some other useful commands are:

-m --monitor

Keep monitoring for local and remote changes

--monitor-interval ARG

The number of seconds by which each sync operation is undertaken
when idle under monitor mode
Configuration file key: monitor_interval (default: 45)

--monitor-fullscan-frequency ARG

Number of sync runs before performing a full local scan of the
synced directory
Configuration file key: monitor_fullscan_frequency (default: 10)

--skip-dir ARG

Skip any directories that match this pattern from syncing


Skip any files that match this pattern from syncing
Configuration file key: skip_file (default: ~*|.~*|*.tmp)

To list all the commands run

man onedrive

If you get stuck just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

2 responses to “How to Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 2023 (Linux)”

  1. Riya Bhattacharia

    Is there no official onedrive for ubuntu?

    1. Gaurav Yadav

      Currently, there is no official onedrive client for ubuntu (Linux).

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