How To Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage service platforms offered by Microsoft, similar to Dropbox, and Google Drive. In the software market and it is an obvious choice for companies and customers who frequently use Microsoft Office programs like Excel and Word. We will learn some of the benefits here.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Microsoft OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we add the OneDrive PPA repository to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yann1ck/onedrive

Then, run the following command below to install it:

sudo apt install onedrive

Step 3. Accessing OneDrive on Ubuntu.

Once complete installation, run the OneDrive application using the following command below:


When you run it for the first time, the terminal where you run ‘onedrive‘ shows a message about authorizing this app by visiting a link. Copy the link shown in the terminal and paste it into a web browser. After logging in to your Microsoft account you should see a page asking you if you want to let this application access your information – click Yes.

After authorization, you can perform a sync of your cloud OneDrive files to your local disk. Run the following command:

onedrive --synchronize

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OneDrive. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the OneDrive online cloud storage on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Microsoft website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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