Rclone as a helper for external backups


In my lab, Rclone proved to be a reliable backup client for the cloud. When uploading data to Google Drive, however, Google slows down the connection despite sufficiently fast data lines. Apart from this, Rclone offers an easy way to store important data encrypted with various protocols with various providers.

Rclone is already integrated in many other projects [9]. It can be called by Cron and systemd timers or scripted (jobber.sh [10] provides examples of this). In addition, Rclone can synchronize data between two servers without detouring via a local instance. I was only able to scratch the surface of this powerful application's options here; the detailed documentation delves deeper into the matter. And if you are looking for alternatives to Rclone, check out odrive, GoodSync or RaiDrive.


  1. Rclone: https://rclone.org
  2. backup-dir: https://rclone.org/docs/#backup-dir-dir
  3. Services: https://rclone.org/docs
  4. Google Drive: https://rclone.org/drive
  5. Google service account: https://console.developers.google.com/projectselector2/iam-admin/serviceaccounts?pli=1
  6. FUSE lets users with default privileges mount filesystems in the system's folder structure. The technology is generally used for mobile mass data storage devices or network drives.
  7. Rclone crypt: https://rclone.org/crypt
  8. Rclone Browser: https://github.com/mmozeiko/RcloneBrowser
  9. Rclone projects: https://github.com/ncw/rclone/wiki/Third-Party-Integrations-with-rclone
  10. jobber.sh: https://github.com/wolfv6/rclone_jobber

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