rclone and RCloneBrowser

Combine the command line utility with the GUI browser and you have all the tools you need in Linux to view,sync and download from your cloud storage provider.

Here is how I set it up for accessing my Google Drive on my Xubuntu machine:

First up, download and install the rclone command line utility

curl -O http://downloads.rclone.org/rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
unzip rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
cd rclone-*-linux-amd64

Next setup the rclone executable in the right place with the right permissions

sudo cp rclone /usr/sbin/
sudo chown root:root /usr/sbin/rclone
sudo chmod 755 /usr/sbin/rclone

Optional; install the man pages

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1
sudo cp rclone.1 /usr/local/share/man/man1/
sudo mandb

Now we are ready to access our cloud storage

rclone config

and follow the instructions. You may have to copy the authentication link address and paste this into your browser. Press q to leave the config area once finished.

Let us install the GUI Browser:


sudo dpkg -i rclone-browser_1.2_amd64.deb

You should now find rclone-browser in the “Internet” section of your file menu. It might ask for you to locate things, but in my case everything was in place. You should be offered to select you cloud storage provider,


then after a short wait, all your online files will be viewable.

rclone view

From there you can choose to upload/download/sync etc.

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