Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Rclone - Syncs your files to Cloud Storage - 40 of them actually

Rclone is a command line based backup, cloning and syncing app for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It boasts a lof of features and syncs to over 40 cloud base services from Dropbox, Box, Goolge Drive to Amazon S3 object stores. It preserves timestamps and verifies checksum at all times. Transfers over limited bandwidth; intermittent connections, or subject to quota can be restarted, from the last good file transferred. 

Rclone Downloads

Rclone mounts any local, cloud or virtual file system as a disk on Windows, MacOS, Linux and FreeBSD, and also serves these over SFTP, HTTP, WebDAV, FTP and DLNA.

To install rclone on Linux/macOS/BSD systems, run:

curl | sudo bash

For beta installation, run:

curl | sudo bash -s beta

Note that this script checks the version of rclone installed first and won't re-download if not needed.

There is a GUI which is experimental

rclone rcd --rc-web-gui

Below URL pops up in the browser

To create a new configuration click "Configs" menu then Click "Create a New Config"

Select a name for the config and select the provider and click next. Don't enter anything in the below screen and click next.

A Dropbox window with authentication screen will appear as below. Login with your credentials
A window for allowing Rclone to access your Dropbox will appear as below. Allow if you want Rclone to do you backup tasks.

You should get a Success windows as below.

When you go back to the Rclone webpage you can see that a new config with the authentication can be seen as below.

In the Explorer menu you can watch the files in the remote storage. You can see the remote config you created. Select the config and click open.

You can the files as listed below.

rclone uses a system of sub commands. For example

rclone ls remote:path # lists a remote
rclone copy /local/path remote:path # copies /local/path to the remote
rclone sync -i /local/path remote:path # syncs /local/path to the remote

For more details please see the link below.