RClone - RSync for Cloud Services

RClone is a command line program that syncs files and directories to and from a handful of cloud services.

  • MD5/SHA1 hashes checked at all times for file integrity
  • Timestamps preserved on files
  • Partial syncs supported on a whole file basis
  • Copy mode to just copy new/changed files
  • Sync (one way) mode to make a directory identical
  • Check mode to check for file hash equality
  • Can sync to and from network, eg two different cloud accounts
  • Optional encryption (Crypt)
  • Optional FUSE mount (rclone mount)
Supported services
  • Amazon Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Backblaze B2
  • Box
  • Ceph
  • Dreamhost
  • Dropbox
  • FTP
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Google Drive
  • HTTP
  • Hubic
  • Memset Memstore
  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Minio
  • OVH
  • Openstack Swift
  • Oracle Cloud Storage
  • QingStor
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • SFTP
  • Wasabi
  • Yandex Disk
  • The local filesystem
Supported Platforms
  • Windows
  • OSX
  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • Plan 9
  • Solaris

Linux Install

From pre-compiled binaries

Fetch and unpack

curl -O https://downloads.rclone.org/rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip

unzip rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip

cd rclone-*-linux-amd64

Copy the binary file

sudo cp rclone /usr/bin/

sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/rclone

sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/rclone

Install the manpage

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1

sudo cp rclone.1 /usr/local/share/man/man1/

sudo mandb 

From your package manager

This varies from Linux to Linux. I am sure your major Linux distro has this package in it. Search and install it using the package manager's proper command for your distro.

Configure RClone

It is quite simple to set up. You can set multiple accounts from many different services.

To start the setup type:

rclone config

Follow the on screen menus. Also be sure to read the online documentation here:


Example of Google Drive Setup

Bwloe is an example of rclone configuration and use. I needed to copy files from an External drive to a Google Drive, and Google's drive client was not letting me, because the drive is a NTFS external volume. RClone to the rescue!

The last command is the copy command. Copying the local folder Documents to the Backup folder in the cloud drive.

Piece of cake, and fast too!

You can have as many as these remotes as you wish. Each "remote" is a service account.

 aegon [~] $  rclone config
2017/12/12 12:24:19 NOTICE: Config file "/Users/aegon/.config/rclone/rclone.conf" not found - using defaults
No remotes found - make a new one
n) New remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
n/s/q> n

name> Remote
Type of storage to configure.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value
  1 / Amazon Drive
  2 / Amazon S3 (also Dreamhost, Ceph, Minio)
  3 / Backblaze B2
  4 / Box
  5 / Dropbox
  6 / Encrypt/Decrypt a remote
  7 / FTP Connection
  8 / Google Cloud Storage (this is not Google Drive)
  9 / Google Drive
  10 / Hubic
  11 / Local Disk
  12 / Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  13 / Microsoft OneDrive
  14 / Openstack Swift (Rackspace Cloud Files, Memset Memstore, OVH)
  15 / QingClound Object Storage
  16 / SSH/SFTP Connection
  17 / Yandex Disk
  18 / http Connection

Storage> 9

Google Application Client Id - leave blank normally.
Google Application Client Secret - leave blank normally.

Remote config
Use auto config?
* Say Y if not sure
* Say N if you are working on a remote or headless machine or Y didn't work
y) Yes
n) No
y/n> Y

If your browser doesn't open automatically go to the following link:
Log in and authorize rclone for access
Waiting for code...
Got code
Configure this as a team drive?
y) Yes
n) No
y/n> N

client_id = 
client_secret = 
token = {"access_token":"Za22.GlsgBAObc_C34djZZJkGXHMqck-pwFwzpFPFqh0JX-AN1tHfWlJhre7Af3LReJsUe1cJVdCfpbssjbSaGPzEmL4LqIz4YmllthhN4hof7GIkASA4reNzsYqxNhQK","token_type":"Bearer","refresh_token":"1/QWax9ulZV6OAjFiOGF1nM6jkf2OKuvgTt2BUf5W98vtYS3CFTcFAtwQ93guwm8B-","expiry":"2017-12-12T13:26:16.811362337-02:00"}
y) Yes this is OK
e) Edit this remote
d) Delete this remote
y/e/d> y

Current remotes:

Name                 Type
====                 ====
Remote               drive

e) Edit existing remote
n) New remote
d) Delete remote
r) Rename remote
c) Copy remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
e/n/d/r/c/s/q> q

 aegon [~] $  rclone copy /Volumes/Untitled/Documents Remote:Backup

And just like that I've synced 80GB of data from an External Volume (whatever the file system is) to Google Drive's online storage.

The app is quite light too, it does not "fry" the CPU as Google's sync app or Dropbox's sync app do. I believe it is faster too.

Homepage: https://rclone.org

Documentation: https://rclone.org/docs/

Downloads: https://rclone.org/downloads/

Wiki: https://github.com/ncw/rclone/wiki

Forums: https://forum.rclone.org/

Github Project: https://github.com/ncw/rclone

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