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Configure Google Drive for desktop

You can specify custom options for Google Drive for desktop, including the default drive letter on Windows, the mount point on Apple macOS, the cache location, bandwidth limits, and proxy settings. These configurations can be set at the user or host level, and persist when Drive for desktop restarts.

If you haven't done so already, download and set up Drive for desktop.

Where to update settings

To set the Drive for desktop options, you update registry keys (Windows) or use the defaults command (macOS). If you’re not familiar with making these updates, contact your administrator or check your operating system documentation. Additionally, note that administrators can set override values that end users can't change.

Windows

Host-wide  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Google\DriveFS
User only HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\DriveFS
Override HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\DriveFS

macOS

Host-wide  /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings
User only ~/Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings
Override /Library/Managed Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings.plist
 

macOS examples

Host-wide mount point:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings DefaultMountPoint '/Volumes/Google Drive'

Host-wide trusted certificates file:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings ForceBrowserAuth -bool true

User maximum download bandwidth:
defaults write com.google.drivefs.settings BandwidthRxKBPS -int 100

Settings

Set these name and value pairs using the registry keys or defaults command, as described above. On Windows, create the registry keys if they don't already exist. On macOS, the defaults command maintains a plist file for settings. You should not modify the plist file directly, as some changes might not be applied.

Setting name Value type Value description

AllowedAccountsPattern

String

Regular expression indicating accounts that are allowed to sign in on this machine. For example, to allow all users of mydomain1.com and mydomain2.com:

.*@(mydomain1|mydomain2).com

Note for macOS: In order to specify a value with parentheses at the command line, the value needs to be enclosed in both double and single quotes:

"'.*@(mydomain1|mydomain2).com'"

AutoStartOnLogin

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Start Drive for desktop automatically on session login.

BandwidthRxKBPS

Windows—DWORD 


macOS—Number 

Maximum downstream kilobytes per second.

BandwidthTxKBPS

Windows—DWORD 


macOS—Number 

Maximum upstream kilobytes per second.

ContentCachePath

Warning: Be cautious about clearing the Google Drive for desktop cache to try to fix general problems. Files are moved here before they're uploaded. If you clear the cache before an upload is complete, that file will be lost.

String

Sets the path to the content cache location on a connected APFS, HFS+, or NTFS file system.

When Drive for desktop restarts, local data in the old content cache will move to the new content cache location. If you delete your custom setting, data will move back to the default location.

The default cache location is:

Windows%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\DriveFS
Mac— ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS

ContentCacheMaxKbytes

Windows—QWORD 


macOS—Number 

Sets the limit on content cache size in kilobytes. The limit is capped at 20% of the available space on the hard drive (regardless of the setting value).The setting does not apply to files made available offline or files that are in the process of uploading.

This setting is only available for admins, as an override or host-wide setting.

DefaultMountPoint

String

Windows—Set a mounted drive letter or a path on an existing drive.
You can use an environment variable to specify the drive letter or customize the path (for example C:\Users\%USERNAME%\GoogleDrive).
If the mount path already exists, the destination folder needs to be empty. If the folder does not exist, a new folder will be created.

macOS—Set the mounted drive path. You can include tilde (~) or environment variables in the path.

** Read more about DefaultMountPoint.

DisableLocalizedVirtualFolders

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Disables localized names for My Drive, Shared drives, and Computers. Names remain in en-US instead of being localized to the OS system language.

DisableMeetOutlookPlugin

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Available with Drive for desktop version 39 and later. 

Disables the Microsoft Outlook Meet plugin that's bundled with Drive for desktop.
DisableOnboardingDialog

Windows—DWORD*

macOS—Boolean* 

Disables the welcome window for new users.

DisableOutlookPlugin

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Disables the Microsoft Outlook Google Drive attachment plugin that's bundled with Drive for desktop.

DisableRealTimePresence

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Disables real-time presence in Microsoft Office.

This can also be disabled for organizational units from the Admin console. See step 4 of Deploy Google Drive for desktop.

ForceBrowserAuth

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

Use browser authentication. 

If your organization uses security keys or SSO, this setting may resolve sign-in problems.

Note: This setting works for version 46 and prior. This setting is not supported with version 47 and later.

MinFreeDiskSpaceKBytes

Windows—QWORD 


macOS—Number 

Controls the amount of local space used by Drive for desktop's cache. Stops writing content to the disk when free disk space gets below this threshold, in kilobytes.

Proxy settings:

DirectConnection

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

This bypasses proxy configurations. 

DisableCRLCheck

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

This disables checking Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) provided by certificate authorities.

If not explicitly set, this defaults to true if TrustedRootCertsFile is provided, otherwise false. Sites that use self-signed certificates for their content inspection proxies typically don’t provide a CRL.

Enterprises that specify a CRL in their proxy certificate can explicitly set DisableCRLCheck to 0 for the added check.

DisableSSLValidation

Windows—DWORD*


macOS—Boolean* 

This disables validating SSL traffic. Traffic will still be encrypted, but we will not validate that the SSL certificates of the upstream servers are all valid.

This is inherently insecure. It would allow a man-in-the-middle attack against traffic to Google Drive.

Only settable host-wide.

TrustedRootCertsFile

String

This is the full path to an alternate file to use for validating host SSL certificates. It must be in Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM) format. Set this if your users are on networks with decrypting proxies.

The file should contain the contents of the roots.pem file shipped with Drive for desktop, plus the certificates used to authenticate your proxy. These additions should correspond to the proxy-signing certificates you added to the certificate stores in your fleet of machines.

You can find roots.pem in:

\Program Files\Google\DriveFS\<version>\config\roots.pem
(Windows)

or

/Applications/Google\ Drive.app/Contents/Resources/roots.pem
(macOS)

Only settable host-wide.

* For boolean values, use 1 for true and 0 for false (Windows), or use true and false (macOS).

** When setting the DefaultMountPoint, the in-product user preferences takes precedence over the user and host registry (or plist) settings. The override registry (or plist) settings takes precedence over the in-product user preferences.

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