Using Seafile Drive Client on Linux

Installing on Debian/Ubuntu

Debian/Ubuntu users can install SeaDrive from our Debian repository.

To install the client, first add the signing key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 8756C4F765C9AC3CB6B85D62379CE192D401AB61

Then add the repo to your apt source list, here we use Debian 8 (jessie) as an example. Change it to "stretch" for Debian 9. Change it to "xenial" for Ubuntu 16.04.

echo deb jessie main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/seafile.list
sudo apt-get update

To install SeaDrive with GUI:

sudo apt-get install seadrive-gui

To install SeaDrive without GUI:

sudo apt-get install seadrive-daemon

Installing on CentOS 7

Add the repo

wget -O- | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/seadrive.repo

Install SeaDrive Client

sudo yum install -y epel-release
sudo yum install -y seadrive --enablerepo=cr

Installing on Fedora

Add the repo

wget -O- | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/seadrive.repo

Install SeaDrive Client

sudo yum install -y seadrive

Running SeaDrive with GUI

To use SeaDrive, just run "SeaDrive" from your desktop environment, or type "seadirve-gui" in command line. After logging into your server, the virtual drive will be mounted in ~/SeaDrive.

Running SeaDrive without GUI

In some use cases, it is useful to run SeaDrive in a server environment. To use SeaDrive without GUI, you can directly run seadrive-daemon (the background daemon) from command line.

First, you have to obtain an access token from your server.

curl -d "" -d "password=123456"

Then you have to prepare a config file for SeaDrive. Let's assume that you save the config file as ~/seadrive.conf.

server =
username =
token = 3131a3a93156f80bc86aa9f12cf794e0364ed57b
is_pro = true

client_name = johns-ubuntu

size_limit = 10GB
clean_cache_interval = 10

You can only specify one account in the config file. If you need to switch accounts, you'll have to stop SeaDrive, change config file and restart. Meaning of config options are as following:

  • token: The access token you obtained above.
  • is_pro: Set to true if your server is Pro edition.
  • client_name: This name will be displayed in the device information on the server.
  • size_limit: Size limit of local cache space.
  • clean_cache_interval: Interval of cache cleaning. The unit is minute.

Then you can start seadrive:

seadrive -c ~/seadrive.conf -f -d data-directory [-l logfile] virtual-drive-dir

Note that you must give -f option in the command line, to make sure seadrive runs in foregound, instead of forking as a daemon. By default, the data directory used by the SeaDrive GUI client will be ~/.seadrive/data. It's recommended to use this path for data directory to be consistent with the GUI client. The log file path is ~/.seadrive/logs/seadrive.log.

Sometimes you'll see the following error:

fuse: bad mount point `/home/user/SeaDrive': Transport endpoint is not connected

You can run fusermount -u /home/user/SeaDrive to fix the problem.

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