Install pCloud Drive on Ubuntu 16.04 – Free 20GB Storage

pCloud is available for Linux, Mac, windows, iOS, Android and Web. It offers 10GB free storage upon registration and also allows you to get up to 20GB free space. Your files and folders are stored at 3 different servers to keep it safe from server failure. Then file transfer between you local folder and pCloud Drive is encrypted with TLS/SSL protocol. So this tutorial shows how to install pCloud Drive on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Install pCloud Drive on Ubuntu 16.04

Go to pCloud website to download the deb package for Ubuntu 16.04.

download pcloud for linux

Once it’s downloaded, open up a terminal and navigate to the download folder, install gdebi and then use gdebi to install the pCloud deb package.

sudo apt install gdebi

sudo gdebi pCloud_Linux*.deb

Once it’s installed, pCloud Drive can be started from Unity Dash.

install pcloud drive on ubuntu 16.04

You can also start it by running this command in terminal:

psyncgui

Then log into your pCloud account. If you don’t have an account yet, click the Don’t have an account? link to register an account with pCloud.

pcloud drive for linux

It comes with a handy system tray icon. Now you can start using pCloud drive.

pcloud drive system tray icon

Upon initial start, pCloud drive will create a folder named pCloudDrive in your home folder. All files under this folder will be synced with pCloud Drive. Note that this folder doesn’t take any physical space on your hard drive. You can view it as a remote file system which is mounted under your home folder.

pCloudDrive

You can also select other folder on your hard drive to be synced with pCloud Drive. Go to Sync > Manage.

pcloud selective sync

Click the + Add New Sync button, then select a local folder on your hard drive, select a folder on pCloud Drive.

pcloud drive add new sync

The pCloud Drive web interface is available at my.pcloud.com.

Auto Start with System Boot

To make pCloud automatically start with Ubuntu, open startup applications in Unity Dash.

ubuntu startup applications

Then Click the Add button and enter a name for the startup program. The command to start pCloud Drive is /usr/bin/psyncgui. Finally click Add button and you’re done.

ubuntu add startup program psyncgui

Install pCloud Drive on Android

The Android app is available from Google Play store.

Getting More Free Space

You can get up to 20GB free space.

  • Inviting your friends will get you both 1GB additional free space per registration.
  • Subscribing to pCloud newsletter gets you 500MB.
  • Connect Facebook account gets you 500MB
  • and on and on…

File Encryption

Please note that the file transfer between your local folder and pCloud is encrypted with TLS/SSL, but that doesn’t mean the file itself is encrypted. It’s essential that you encrypt your files when using an external cloud storage service.

To encrypt your files in the pCloud, you can try their crypto service for free for 14 days. If you are happy with it, buy the premium service at $3.99/month. Or if you are tech savvy, you can always encrypt your local files by yourself using a free disk encryption software like VeraCrypt, so before your local files are transferred to pCloud Drive, they are encrypted and no one can take a peek.

I hope this article helped you to install and use pCloud on Ubuntu 16.04. Comments, questions or suggestions are always welcome. If you found this post useful, 🙂  please share it with your friends on social media! Stay tuned for more Linux tutorials.

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  • ventoh

    it seems very interesting with a very good GUI. But pcloudDrive folder not working for me: it takes phisycal space on my drive, not working as remote file system.

  • Cocron

    Super guidance,thanks
    One Little very Critical add on missing,why nexrcloud did not get started at all:
    You have to delete the the default 000-…… conf file in the sites-enabled subdirectory of apache2 and restart the apache2 service then all runs.

    One question I still have:
    How can I change the data directory referred to from default: nexrcloud/www-data to, as you suggest, var/www-data ——after successfully installation —- ?
    Thanks in advance.