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How to install and setup Yandex Disk on Ubuntu

This blog post is about installing and configuring Yandex.Disk, a cloud storage service.


  1. Assumptions
  2. Installation
  3. Configuration
  4. Launch on startup


This application is priced at $0.
As such, installation requires the use of an Ubuntu One account.
It is assumed that you have such an account.

It is also assumed that you have a Yandex account to use this service.
At this time of writing, the service remains free.


Yandex.Disk can be installed via Ubuntu Software Center (search term: yandex).
Click on the More Info button to view details.

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In the software description page, click on the Buy button.
At this time of writing, its priced at $0.

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After you pressed Buy, there will be a Terms of Use dialog.
Click on the Accept button to accept the terms of use.

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After you clicked on the Accept button, you need to log in to your Ubuntu One account.

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After you entered your credentials and log in to your Ubuntu One account, the installation for the application should proceed accordingly.
After the installation has complete, you should be able to access it from the desktop menu:
Applications > Internet > Yandex Disk

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After you click on the menu item, it will start a console session describing the usage of Yandex Disk command, yandex-disk.

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To setup your Yandex Disk, type the following command in the Yandex Disk console session:

yandex-disk setup

The setup process will prompt you for:

  1. Your proxy server information
    (I entered “N” as I do not use a proxy server)
  2. Credentials to your Yandex account
  3. Path to a folder on your local disk to store your Yandex Disk files.
    (I left this field as blank to use the default proposed path)
  4. Whether to start Yandex Disk on startup
    (I entered “Y” to start Yandex Disk on startup)

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After setup is done, the background (daemon) process will begin to synchonize files from your Yandex Disk in the cloud to the path that you defined above in point 3 (/home/zhixian/Yandex.Disk).

When you examine the folder after a short while, you should see files in your Yandex Disk appearing in the folder.


Launch on startup

When doing the setup, you might have indicated that you would like Yandex Disk to launch on startup.
As of this writing, this may not be working correctly.
To remedy this:

Go to the System > Control Center on the desktop menu.

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In the Control Center window, click on Startup Applications. to open the Startup Applications Preferences dialog.

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In the dialog, click Yandex.Disk in the lists of additional startup programs.
Then click on Edit button to open the Edit Startup Program dialog.

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In the Edit Startup Program dialog, change the command from:

yandex-disk start


/opt/yandex-disk/yandex-disk start

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After you click Save to close the dialog, Yandex Disk should launch on startup correctly now.

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