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Brian Read


Requires command level knowledge to install and run.


Rclone is a program written in Go to allow local files to be saved to one of many cloud servers. It tries to emulate rsync.

Current cloud providers supported are:

  • Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun) Object Storage System (OSS)
  • Amazon Drive (See note)
  • Amazon S3
  • Backblaze B2
  • Box
  • Ceph
  • DigitalOcean Spaces
  • Dreamhost
  • Dropbox
  • FTP
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Google Drive
  • HTTP
  • Hubic
  • Jottacloud
  • IBM COS S3
  • Koofr
  • Memset Memstore
  • Mega
  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Minio
  • Nextcloud
  • OVH
  • OpenDrive
  • Openstack Swift
  • Oracle Cloud Storage
  • ownCloud
  • pCloud
  • put.io
  • QingStor
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Scaleway
  • SFTP
  • Wasabi
  • WebDAV
  • Yandex Disk
  • The local filesystem

I have only tested it against Dropbox.


Rclone is made available as a statically linked executible and can be installed as follows: (https://rclone.org/install/)

curl -O https://downloads.rclone.org/rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
unzip rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
cd rclone-*-linux-amd64
sudo cp rclone /usr/bin/
sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/rclone
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/rclone

Note that this loads the 64 bit version, other versions are available.

Then you can run the configuration process:

rclone config

Choose your cloud provider and follow the instructions for a headless server.

For Dropbox I had to run rclone on a desktop with a browser, giving permission for rclone to be allowed to connect to Dropbox and then copy and paste a key string across to the smeserver.


Here is the shell script that I developed and tested to see if it would work:

signal-event pre-backup
cd /
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/etc/e-smith/templates-user-custom
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/etc/e-smith/templates-custom
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/home
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/ssh
rclone mkdir smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/root
rclone copy -v  / smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver --files-from backup-files-list-rclone
rclone copy -v  "etc/e-smith/templates-custom/" "smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/etc/e-smith/templates-custom/"
rclone copy -v  "etc/e-smith/templates-user-custom/" "smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/etc/e-smith/templates-user-custom/"
rclone copy -v  etc/ssh smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/ssh
rclone copy -v  root smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/root
rclone copy -v  home/e-smith/ smeserver-dropbox:backup/smeserver/home/ --exclude "tmp/**"

Incremental Backup

holk has documented a use of rclone that will give an incremental backup for up to 7 days (or whatever you might want)

See here:



Rclone allows the remote data to be encrypted by specifying an intermediate remote which does the encrypting.

See here.

I have not tried this, but it looks pretty easy to add in and does not involve the SMEServer software.


I assume that you can restore by just copying the data back from the cloud provider and then doing a signal-event post-upgrade; signal-event reboot;


Just delete /usr/bin/rclone and the config file /root/.config/rclone/rclone.conf


Please raise bugs under the SME-Contribs section in bugzilla and select the smeserver-rclone component or use this link

Below is an overview of the current issues for this contrib:

No open bugs found.


Only released version in smecontrib are listed here.