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How to set up Koofr cloud sync on Linux

Koofr cloud sync is a European-based cloud storage system similar to Google Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive, and other popular syncing services. It offers a variety of different plans (both premium and a free option with 2 GBs of space.)

The cloud service is usable on a myriad of different operating systems. Specifically, it supports Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, and Mac.

In this guide, we’ll be focusing on the Linux application that they have available. We’ll go over how to install it, set it up, and more! Let’s get started!

Note: To use Koofr on Linux, you must create an account. To make an account, go to their official website and enter your details to begin. Alternatively, use the “Create an account with Google” button.

Install Koofr cloud sync app

Koofr has a pretty decent syncing client however, it’s native Linux application isn’t neatly packaged for each mainstream distribution. You won’t be able to find a downloadable DEB package, RPM package, or even an AppImage. Instead, if you want to be able to use the cloud sync app on your Linux PC, you must download their TarGZ installation archive, extract it and install the code (as well as the libraries that it needs to run correctly) to use it.

In this section of the article, we’re going to go over (in detail) how you can get the Koofr cloud syncing application up and running on Linux. To start, head over to the official Koofr website. Then, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page till you see “Product.” Under “Product,” click on the link that says “Desktop apps.”

After you’ve selected the “Desktop Apps” button, you’ll see another button that says “Free download (Linux).” Click on it to get your hands on the Koofr installer for Linux.

Once the download is complete, launch a terminal window and run the CD command to move the session from the home directory (~/) to the ~/Downloads folder.

cd ~/Downloads

In the ~/Downloads folder, use the tar command and extract the Koofr TarGZ archive on your Linux PC.

tar -xzvf koofr-*-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

When the tar command finishes, you’ll see a new folder in ~/Downloads with the label of “koofr.” In this folder, all of the installation files, and code reside however, the code is pre-compiled, so you’ll just need to run the “Install.sh” script to get access to the sync app.

In the terminal, use CD and move into the code folder.

cd koofr

Install the Koofr desktop syncing application on your Linux PC with the command below.

sh installer.sh

Or, if the above command fails, try:

./installer.sh

Issues installing the program

Koofr is quite easy to get running on most Linux distributions. However, if you run into problems, you likely do not have the GTK2 dependencies that it requires. To install it, head over to Pkgs.org, look through for your distribution and get the “GTK2” package set up.

Set up Koofr cloud sync

Now that the desktop syncing application is installed on your Linux PC, it’s time to set it up so that your data can sync. Start by going to your application menu, click on the “internet” section (or a similar menu item) and look for “Koofr.”

Click on the icon and the UI interface should instantly start up. If it doesn’t open, launch a terminal and run the following commands to get it running.

WARNING: DO NOT RUN AS ROOT!

cd ~/.koofr-dist/
./storagesync

With the app running, click the “key” icon. That will take you to the sign-in page. On the sign-in page, enter your user details and allow the Koofr application to log you in. Then, when you’re all logged in, your files should instantly start syncing through the service.

Add new files to Koofr

Need to add new files and folders to your Koofr account? In the app, look for the “Koofr folder” icon and select it with the mouse.

After selecting the “Koofr folder” icon, look for the “Open Koofr folder” button and click on it. Selecting this button will automatically launch the Koofr folder (located at ~/Koofr) in the default Linux file manager.

In the file manager, drag any files or folders into this directory, and the sync app should sync it instantly.

Add new files via terminal

Want to add files and folders with the Linux terminal? Try the following command examples.

Single file

Use the CD command to move to the location of the file on your Linux computer.

cd /location/of/file

Once you’re in the proper location, make use of the cp command and copy it to your Koofr folder.

cp file ~/Koofr

Entire directory

Want to copy an entire folder to your Koofr account with the terminal? Use the cp command and use the “r” switch to copy the folder, along with everything inside recursively.

cp -r /location/of/folder ~/Koofr

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