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Insync 3 Beta Available With OneDrive Syncing Support On Linux

Insync 3 beta was released recently with many changes under the hood, and a major new feature: support for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

Insync is a third-party Google Drive desktop sync client (now with OneDrive support too). It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and it's not free to use (see its pricing page), but you can try it for free for 15 days. The stable version features support for multiple accounts, Team Drives support, file manager integration, feed of recent file changes, symlink support, and much more.

Insync 3 Linux client UI and tray icon

While it's in beta, Insync 3 is free to use, but once the beta phase ends, syncing will stop unless you already have a license or you purchase one.

The added OneDrive support makes Insync the only GUI sync client for OneDrive that runs on Linux (that I know of at least). That's not the only change in the new Insync 3 beta though.

For Insync 3, the sync engine, called "Core 3" for this release, was rewritten using Python 3 and includes improved internal processing, with faster and more reliable file sync. It also makes it easier to add support for more cloud providers, so expect Insync to support more services in the future.

My synced OneDrive files in Nautilus (Gnome FIles app) using Insync

Other changes in Insync 3 beta:

  • Microsoft SharePoint support
  • Simplified onboarding
  • Revised syncing user interface
  • Separated sync folders for My Drive & Shared with me

The Insync 3 beta page also notes that there will be no Insync 3 headless builds and command line interface, "due to limited time and resources".

It's important to note that Insync 3 is in beta, and many of its features are work in progress and don't work yet. Reusing existing Insync 1.5 sync folders, pausing and resuming syncing, ignore rules, docs conversion, symlinks, proxy support, and more, are not yet working in this version. So visit the Insync 3 page, scroll down to the "Before you begin" and "Still in the works" sections, and make sure you read everything before installing and using Insync 3 beta!

Insync 3 beta can be downloaded for Linux, Windows and Mac from https://www.insynchq.com/3.

For a free, open source command line alternative that supports not only OneDrive, but many other cloud storage services, I recommend you check out Rclone. Also see: How To Mount OneDrive In Linux Using Rclone (Supports Business And Personal Accounts)


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