4 of the best free and paid OneDrive clients for Linux

While there's no official OneDrive client for Linux, the market has filled the gap.

by Pete
Published: Updated: 5 minutes read

Have you transitioned from Microsoft OneDrive to Linux and realized there’s no official Microsoft OneDrive client for Linux? Don’t worry; there are third-party tools available, both free and paid, that can help you synchronize files and folders between your Linux desktop and OneDrive (as well as SharePoint Online libraries).

Let’s get into it

We’ll go over some open-source (free) clients as well as some paid alternatives to the Microsoft client you’re used to in this list. Apart from the ability to sync files and folders to Microsoft’s cloud storage, these clients are obviously unofficial products and are not associated with Microsoft.

1
Rclone – Opensource

Main Features:

  • Rclone is a command-line tool for managing cloud storage files and folders.
  • It supports 42 different file transfer protocols and cloud storage services.
  • Works on various platforms, including Linux, Windows, MACOS, Solaris, BSD, and ARM-based systems.
  • Often referred to as the “Swiss army knife of cloud storage.”

Rclone Features:

  • File integrity checks using MD5 and SHA1 hashes.
  • Preservation of timestamps on files.
  • Ability to restart operations at any time.
  • Support for multi-threaded downloads.
  • Options for copying, syncing, moving, and checking files.
  • Mounting cloud storage as a network disk.
  • Experimental web-based GUI.
  • This is an open-source GitHub project involving 45+ developers with regular releases and updates.
  • It’s a free headless alternative that supports OneDrive for Business, OneDrive for Office365, and SharePoint Online Libraries.
  • Offers real-time local file monitoring with inotify.
  • Supports shared folders, national cloud deployments, and rate limiting of traffic.

  • Insync is a paid Linux client for Microsoft OneDrive, also supporting Windows and MAC.
  • Integrates with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive in a graphical user interface.
  • Offers features like selective sync, support for multiple accounts, file and folder sharing, and 1-way sync.
  • Provides a perpetual license model with or without software maintenance.

  • ExpanDrive is a paid solution that supports OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and more.
  • Works with over 11 protocols and providers.
  • Features offline sync, multi-user locking, and file version management.
  • Available on major Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, ArchLinux, CentOS, and Fedora.

OK, technically speaking, this is a little deceptive because it is not a true “client” for Linux. However, Microsoft does an excellent job of presenting a feature-rich OneDrive experience from your browser; you are, however, unable to integrate your experience with your Linux desktop.

  • Microsoft’s official web app provides feature-rich access to OneDrive via a browser.
  • You can’t integrate it into your Linux desktop but can use it from your browser.

In Conclusion

While there isn’t a native Microsoft OneDrive client for Linux, there are robust options available. Whether you opt for free open-source solutions like Rclone and the OneDrive Client for Linux by abraunegg or invest in paid alternatives like Insync and ExpanDrive, you have the power to sync your files seamlessly. Though they may lack a native feel, they get the job done. Plus, for server-based file syncing, you have plenty of headless options to explore. So, if you’re using Linux and OneDrive, rest assured that you have choices to keep your files in sync.