How To Access Mega Files On Linux [Guide]

Looking to get access to your Mega cloud drive on Linux? If so, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll go over how to access Mega on Linux!

Mega Sync Desktop Client

The Mega Sync desktop client is rare in that it has excellent support for Linux. On the download page, there are download links for everything from Ubuntu, to Linux Mint, ElementaryOS, to Debian, Fedora, SUSE, and even Arch Linux. To get started, select your operating system and follow the instructions.

Ubuntu

Installing the Mega Sync client on Ubuntu is quite easy, and it starts by heading to the official download page. On the download page, the Mega website can detect your operating system. If it works correctly, you’ll be asked to select your Linux distribution. Click the drop-down menu and locate Ubuntu.

Officially, Mega has support for every version of Ubuntu Linux, starting at version 12.04, and ending at version 18.04. After selecting the version of Ubuntu you use, select the download button to start the downloading process. Once the download is complete, open up the file manager, click on “Downloads” and find the Mega Debian package.

Double-click on the Mega package to open it up in Ubuntu Software Center.

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Once the Ubuntu Software Center is open, click “install”, and enter your password to finish up. Alternatively, open up a terminal and do the following to install Mega on Ubuntu:

cd ~/Downloads  sudo dpkg -i megasync-*.deb sudo apt install -f

Debian

Debian users will have an easy route to installing the official Mega Sync client, as multiple versions of the operating system are listed in the download options. To get the latest version of Mega for Debian, go to the official download page, click the drop-down menu and select one of the “Debian” options. Mega has support for versions 7, 8 and 9.

After downloading Mega for Debian, open up the file manager and click on “Downloads”. From here, locate the Mega Sync Debian package and double-click on it to open the Gdebi package installer. Click “install” in Gdebi to finish the process.

Don’t want to use Gdebi? Install Mega in Debian via the terminal instead by following the commands below.

cd ~/Downloads  sudo dpkg -i megasync-*.deb  sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

Arch has official support for Mega, though instead of being pointed to an AUR page and being told to “build the package”, Arch users instead can download an installable Pacman package. Keep in mind that due to how Arch Linux is designed, each time you wish to upgrade the Mega Sync client, you will need to download a new version of the package from the website.

To get the Arch Mega Sync package, go to the download page, find the drop-down menu and select “Arch Linux” and click the download button.

Let the Pacman package finish downloading. When it’s done, open up a terminal and use the CD command to move the terminal into the ~/Downloads directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside the Downloads folder, use the Pacman package tool to install the offline Mega Sync package.

sudo pacman -U megasync-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

Due to the nature of Arch Linux, all required Mega dependencies should automatically install. To be safe, after installing the package, sync the latest updates. This should ensure that the app runs at it’s best.

sudo pacman -Syyuu

When the update completes, Mega Sync should be ready to use on Arch Linux!

Fedora

Mega has a downloadable RPM for many versions of Fedora Linux, both new and old (version 19 to 28). To get it running on Fedora, go to the download page and select your version of Fedora in the drop-down menu.

Let the RPM download. When the download finishes, open up a terminal and do the following to get it running!

cd ~/Downloads  sudo dnf install -y megasync-Fedora_28.x86_64.rpm

OpenSUSE

To get Mega Sync on OpenSUSE, first head over to the download page and select “OpenSUSE” in the drop-down menu. Once the RPM file finishes downloading to your Linux PC, open up a terminal and use it to CD into the ~/Downloads folder.

cd ~/Downloads

In the Downloads folder, use Zypper to install the Mega Sync package to the system.

sudo zypper install megasync-openSUSE_*.rpm

Set Up Mega

After you’ve installed Mega on Linux, it’s time to set it up. To use Mega on Linux, open up the application menu, search for “MEGA” and launch it. Upon opening the app, you’ll see a pop-up window. In the window, log your user information into it to sign in. When you sign in, Mega should instantly start syncing locally.

Feel free to close the window and let Mega Sync run in the background.

Note: All files that the app downloads are available in /home/username/MEGA/.

To access the files, open up your file manager and click the “MEGA” logo. Alternatively, open up a terminal and access it via the command line:

cd ~/MEGA
How To Access Mega Files On Linux [Guide]
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