How to Setup Rclone on Windows PC and Mobile |100%

Introduction |

Hey guys! Today I will walk us through how to setup Rclone on PC and mobile. Rclone is an open-source command-line program used to sync files and directories (folders) to and from over 20 cloud storages ranging from Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Photos, MEGA, OpenDrive, Box, ownCloud, webDAV, Yandex Disk, OVH, Local filesystem, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Amazon Drive, Alibaba Cloud, 1Fichier, DigitalOcean Spaces and many more.

It is the number one resource of any serious data hoarder. It is fast and relatively easy to grasp.It has many features such as copy mode, sync mode to make directories identical, encryption, and many more.

Definition of Common Terminologies used in Rclone

  1. Team Drive (TD): this refers to a Google Shared Drive. Google has changed the name from TD to shared drive but most people still make use of the name, TD. Team Drives have unlimited storage space and this accounts for its popularity among data hoarders and techy people.
  2. Google Drive: this refers to the regular Google My Drive which offers 15GB storage for regular free users and unlimited storage for G suite accounts.
  3. Google Suite: popularly referred to as G suite. This mostly refers to the educational Gmail drive accounts with unlimited storage space. It is also very popular amongst data hoarders.
  4. Path: refers to the location of a directory (folder) in either your Google My Drive or Team Drive.
  5. Remote: this refers to the name a user has chosen to give to his/her Google Drive or TD.
  6. Command: refers to instructions typed into the console to execute tasks.
  7. Flags: are used to add extra features to command outputs. They can be said to be akin to arguments used in Linux commands.
  8. Configs: this refers to settings that allow you to set up your cloud storage as remotes. Rclone config files are the cornerstone of Rclone usage.

How to Setup Rclone on Windows PC

I shall walk you guys through setting up of Rclone on Windows- the most popular OS globally.

  1. Visit the Rclone website and download the Rclone version of your Windows PC- either 32-bit or 64-bit version.
  2. Once downloaded, rename the downloaded Rclone folder as “Rclone“. Copy this folder into the C drive of your Windows PC.
  3. Open the Windows command prompt (press Ctrl + R key and then type cmd into the box, then press the Enter key). Navigate to the location where you stored your Rclone folder in your C drive.
  4. For those not familiar with the CLI in Windows, you can do this in one of several ways: open the Rclone folder and right-click on an empty space, then select open CMD prompt here; open the CLI, and type cd C:/rclone.
  5. Type rclone config into the console and follow the screen prompts.
  6. Watch this Gif below illustrating the basic setup of Rclone. We shall dive into a more advanced Rclone configuration setup in a later post. For now, this suffices. It won’t take you more than 2 minutes to set it up.
  7. Your newly created Rclone configuration file is saved under your C drive in the following path: C:/Users/”Your PC Name”.config/rclone. Open the configuration file with any text editor- notepad or notepad++ to see the saved Rclone configs. These configs are what you will use in any subsequent works. You can create any number of remote configs you wish, Rclone will handle them seamlessly.
Setup Rclone
Gif demonstrating how to setup Rclone remote on windows PC
How to Setup Rclone on PC and Mobile
Rename and place rclone folder in C drive

How to Setup Rclone on Mobile

Now let’s see how to setup Rclone on your android smartphone. The process is quite easy too. Basically it involves the same commands used to set up Rclone on PC with some initial pre-configurations. Let’s dive in!

  1. Download Termux apk from the Google Playstore. Note that Termux commands are similar to working on a Linux machine. So if you are very conversant with Linux shell, it’s gonna be a walk in the park for you.
  2. It is necessary to grant storage permission for Termux on Android 6 and higher. On your phone, navigate to ‘Settings>Apps>Termux>Permissions>Storage’ and set to True.
  3. Open Termux app on your phone and execute the following command: termux-setup-storage. This initial setup is necessary to ensure termux has the necessary privileges it requires to run on your phone.
  4. Now type pwd to print out your home directory onto the screen. Next install Rclone by running the command pkg install rclone.
  5. Once Rclone is installed on your phone successfully, just follow thesame procedure as for setting up Rclone config on Windows PC. Once you are done, follow the following steps to see and copy out your rclone config settings.
  6. List all the files in the home directory on termux by running the following command: ls -ah.
  7. You will see a file named .config. This is where your rclone directory is and your configuration file is saved in this directory. Navigate to the rclone directory by running the command: cd .config/rclone. You can always use the ls -ah command to see the contents of any directory you are in and also use the pwd command to see the path of your current active directory.
  8. To print out your Rclone config onto the screen, use this command: cat rclone.conf . You can then copy and save the config into a text file for future use when the need arises.

Learn the Basic Rclone Commands

Coming soon!!!


That’s it, guys! Now you all know how to easily setup Rclone and generate configs for all your cloud storage. The same process applies to all cloud storage listed above. Just select the cloud storage of interest and follow the steps. Easy Peasy!!! Stay tuned to EduTechTainMent for more of such wonderful guides and don’t forget to use the Subscribe box below to get notified when we publish such informative posts. Read about how to set up your own torrent downloader using Rclone config in my next post. You will learn how t download torrent directly into your Google Drive or TD without using your local internet data bandwidth allocation.

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