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Backup files on GMail under Linux or Unix

This tutorial is about to give you some directions how you can use your Gmail account for online storage of your Linux or Unix files. This tutorial level is for experts and it won’t be a walkthrough, but will give you just sense, what to do in order to use GmailFS.

Another thing that I must say before continue: It is better to use this way storing your files only for secondary backup!

First because it is not so user friendly and second because we do not know when Google will stop this service as it is not officially supported. They earn money showing ads and definitely this is not a way that you can see any.

In more positive manner of looking ,this service is available since 2007 and still running. Also Google provide IMAP for their mail users, which is also not so add showing way. So, maybe they will leave it as it is.

Anyway if you want to store / backup files or if you just want to try the service, you will need to install GmailFS. GmailFS ( Gmail File System) is available for almost all *nix distributions.

I will touch most used, but if you are using not so common distribution, you can learn how you can do it from a source.

For the rest you will need to gather the package ‘gmailfs’ for your distribution.

For Fedora use:


Online backup on GMail

Within a few steps I will give an example how you can backup your files on GMail account.
To continue with this tutorial you will need such user account already registered.

You can store data manually by e-mailing your self with the files you want to keep save, and easy accessible on the Net, but there is an easiest way to do that with ‘GMail Drive shell extension’.

As the developers said:

GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual drive in the Windows Explorer, allowing you to use your Google Mail account as a storage medium.‘

Click on the above link and you will land on Softpedia’s website for free download of the tool. Then download from the closest mirror and install it.

It takes about few seconds, and when the installation of the GMail Drive finishes there will be a new virtual device added in My Computer.