Paths are specified as
Dropbox paths may be as deep as required, eg
The initial setup for dropbox involves getting a token from Dropbox
which you need to do in your browser.
rclone config walks you
Here is an example of how to make a remote called
remote. First run:
This will guide you through an interactive setup process:
n) New remote d) Delete remote q) Quit config e/n/d/q> n name> remote Type of storage to configure. Choose a number from below, or type in your own value 1 / Amazon Drive \ "amazon cloud drive" 2 / Amazon S3 (also Dreamhost, Ceph, Minio) \ "s3" 3 / Backblaze B2 \ "b2" 4 / Dropbox \ "dropbox" 5 / Encrypt/Decrypt a remote \ "crypt" 6 / Google Cloud Storage (this is not Google Drive) \ "google cloud storage" 7 / Google Drive \ "drive" 8 / Hubic \ "hubic" 9 / Local Disk \ "local" 10 / Microsoft OneDrive \ "onedrive" 11 / Openstack Swift (Rackspace Cloud Files, Memset Memstore, OVH) \ "swift" 12 / SSH/SFTP Connection \ "sftp" 13 / Yandex Disk \ "yandex" Storage> 4 Dropbox App Key - leave blank normally. app_key> Dropbox App Secret - leave blank normally. app_secret> Remote config Please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/1/oauth2/authorize?client_id=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX&response_type=code Enter the code: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX_XXXXXXXXXX -------------------- [remote] app_key = app_secret = token = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX_XXXX_XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX -------------------- y) Yes this is OK e) Edit this remote d) Delete this remote y/e/d> y
You can then use it like this,
List directories in top level of your dropbox
rclone lsd remote:
List all the files in your dropbox
rclone ls remote:
To copy a local directory to a dropbox directory called backup
rclone copy /home/source remote:backup
Dropbox supports modified times, but the only way to set a modification time is to re-upload the file.
This means that if you uploaded your data with an older version of
rclone which didn’t support the v2 API and modified times, rclone will
decide to upload all your old data to fix the modification times. If
you don’t want this to happen use
to stop it.
Dropbox supports its own hash type which is checked for all transfers.
Here are the command line options specific to this cloud storage system.
Any files larger than this will be uploaded in chunks of this size. The default is 48MB. The maximum is 150MB.
Note that chunks are buffered in memory (one at a time) so rclone can deal with retries. Setting this larger will increase the speed slightly (at most 10% for 128MB in tests) at the cost of using more memory. It can be set smaller if you are tight on memory.
Note that Dropbox is case insensitive so you can’t have a file called “Hello.doc” and one called “hello.doc”.
There are some file names such as
thumbs.db which Dropbox can’t
store. There is a full list of them in the “Ignored Files” section
of this document. Rclone will
issue an error message
File name disallowed - not uploading if it
attempts to upload one of those file names, but the sync won’t fail.
If you have more than 10,000 files in a directory then
dropbox:dir will return the error
Failed to purge: There are too
many files involved in this operation. As a work-around do an
rclone delete dropbox:dir followed by an
rclone rmdir dropbox:dir.