Synchronize and manage your cloud storage services with Rclone


Today the using the different services that exist for cloud storage has become quite commonThese are services that are available to anyone who has a device with access to the network.

Many of these different services usually offer a certain amount of GB of storage space for free, which becomes quite convenient when you know how to use them and distribute your information among them.

But nevertheless this entails a big problem, which is the administration of these services in one place. Where the easiest way to do it is with the help of a web browser, although it is not an excellent option.

If you are an Android user, you should know a file manager called "ES File explorer" this in its paid version, allows you to add some storage services in the cloud.

It synchronizes them and gives you access to them from the application in a simple way, synchronizing your information and folders with them. In the case of Linux we can use something similar.

While browsing the web I found an excellent option that can work quite well for us and it can be integrated with our file manager to return access to our information in the cloud as if they were simple folders in the system.

The application that we are going to talk about today is called Rclone.

About Rclone

This is a cross-platform command line based tool, totally free and open source that is written in the GO programming language and released under the terms of the MIT license.

Rclone has support for many of the cloud storage services, among which we can find:

  • Amazon Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Backblaze B2
  • Box
  • Ceph
  • Digital Ocean Spaces
  • Dreamhost
  • dropbox
  • FTP
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Google Drive
  • Hubic
  • IBM COS S3
  • memsetmemstore
  • Mega
  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Minio
  • Nextcloud
  • OVH
  • OpenDrive
  • openstack-swift
  • Oracle Cloud Storage
  • ownCloud
  • pCloud
  • qing store
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • SFTP
  • Wasabi
  • WebDAV
  • Yandex Disk

This application fully supports different protocols (SFTP, FTP, HTTP), includes file checksum, time stamp, partial or total synchronizations, copy mode and synchronization between different cloud accounts.

How to install Rclone on Linux?

In order to install this excellent application on our system, We can follow any of the following steps that we share with you below.

From its official website we can download the packages already compiled for distributions that support DEB or RPM packages.


In the case of DEB packages, which are for Debian, Ubuntu or any distribution derived from these, we can download the latest version available for 64-bit systems with:

wget -O rclone.deb

And we can install the downloaded package with:

sudo dpkg -i rclone.deb

Now for the case of those who have a 32-bit system they install download with:

wget -OR rclone.deb

And we can install the downloaded package with:

sudo dpkg -i rclone.deb

While for distributions with support for RPM packages, such as CentOS, RHEL, Fedora, openSUSE or any distribution derived from these.

We can download the package for 64-bit systems with:

wget rclone.rpm

If they are users of 32-bit systems, they should download this package:

wget -O rclone.rpm

And they install the application with:

sudo rpm -U rclone.rpm

If they are users of Arch Linux, Manjaro, Antergos or any distribution derived from Arch Linux, they can install the application from the repositories with this command:

sudo pacman -S rclone

For the rest of the systems you can type the following command:

curl | sudo bash

How to use Rclone?

Once the installation is done, just type the following command in terminal to configure our accesses:

rclone config

Here we select the option to create a new file, it is option "n"

And here we will list the different services, in which we will select the one of our interest and we only have to follow the steps to give the keys or access tokens depending on the service, where the web browser will open for it.

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