rclone: "rsync for cloud storage".

To update or switch versions, run webi rclone@stable (or @v1.54, @beta, etc).

Cheat Sheet

rclone is like rsync, but optimized for cloud storage and SSDs. rclone is also faster than rsync for many use cases.

rclone is compatible with a wide range of cloud storage providers including:

  • Google Drive
  • S3
    • (AWS, Minio, Digital Ocean, etc)
  • Dropbox
  • Backblaze B2
  • One Drive
  • Swift
  • Hubic
  • Wasabi
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Yandex Files

How to copy local files, like rsync

rclones cloud-first, SSD-first optimizations can cause performance issues when copying between HDDs. For performance more similar to cp (better than rsync) you can use the following options:

--tranfers=1 will only copy one file at a time, preventing thrashing and fragmentation.

--check-first will catalog files before copying.

--order-by name will copy files one directory at a time.


rclone sync -vP --transfers=1 --order-by name --check-first ~/ /Volumes/Backup/home

Example, excluding common temporary directories:

rclone sync -vP --transfers=1 --order-by name --check-first \
  --exclude 'node_modules/**' --exclude '.Spotlight-*/**' --exclude '.cache*/**' \
  ~/ /Volumes/Backup/home


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