Introduction: Rclone browser is an effective GUI program, using Rclone can easily manage and synchronize data on cloud storage. Here, let’s take a look at what it provides and how it works.
If you want to use One Drive or Google Drive natively on Linux, you can choose advanced GUI tools, such as Insync (Affiliate Link).
If you can put in some effort on the terminal, you can use clone Sync with many cloud storage services on Linux. We have a detailed guide for using Rclone to sync with OneDrive in Linux.
clone Is a very popular and useful command line tool. Many advanced users will need to use Rclone to achieve its functionality.
However, even if it is useful enough, not everyone can use it from the terminal.
Therefore, in this article, I will discuss an impressive GUI “Rclone Browser” that makes it possible to use Rclone to easily manage and synchronize data on cloud storage.
It’s also worth noting that Rclone does provide an experimental web-based GUI-but we will focus on Rclone browser Here.
Rclone browser: Rclone’s open source GUI
The Rclone browser is a GUI that allows you to browse, modify, upload/download, list files, and do many things you want to do if you want to make full use of the remote storage location.
It provides a simple user interface and it works fine (according to my quick test). Let’s learn more about the features it provides and how to start using it.
Features of Rclone browser
It provides many options and controls to manage remote storage locations. Depending on your use case, you may find it feature-rich or overwhelming. Here they are:
- Browse and modify rclone remote storage location
- Support encrypted cloud storage
- Custom location and encryption support configuration
- No additional configuration is required. It will use the same rclone configuration file (if any).
- Navigate multiple locations simultaneously in separate tabs
- List files hierarchically (by file name, size and modification date)
- Rclone commands are executed asynchronously without freezing the GUI
- You can upload, download, create new folders, rename, delete files and folders
- Drag and drop support to drag files while uploading
- Stream media files in players such as VLC
- Mount and unmount folders/cloud drives
- Ability to calculate the size of folders, export file lists and copy rclone commands to the clipboard
- Support portable mode
- Support for shared drivers (if you are using Google Drive)
- Enables you to use public link sharing options for remote storage services that provide this feature
- Ability to create tasks that can be easily saved to run again or edit later
- Dark mode
- Cross-platform support (Windows, macOS and Linux)
Install Rclone browser on Linux
Before using the Rclone browser, you need to install rclone on your Linux distribution. Follow Official installation instructions need to be able to do this.
If you don’t understand AppImage, I suggest you read our guide to use AppImage on Linux.
You can also choose to build it. For instructions, see the GitHub page.
Getting started with Rclone browser
Here, I will share some information you should know when you start using Rclone Browser.
If you use any existing remote location of rclone in the terminal, it will automatically be displayed in the GUI. You can also click “Refresh“Button to get the latest additions.
As shown in the screenshot above, when you click “Profile“Button, it will start the terminal, allowing you to easily add a new remote control or configure it as needed. Don’t worry, when the terminal pops up, the Rclone browser will execute commands to perform all necessary tasks. You only need to Set or edit some content at any time. You don’t need to execute any Rclone commands.
If you have some existing remote controls, you can use “turn on“Button, and then access cloud storage in another tab, as shown below.
You can easily install cloud drives, upload/download files, get detailed information, public links to shared folders (if supported), and directly stream media files.
If you want to copy, move, or synchronize data with a remote storage location, you only need to create a task. Just to make sure you have the correct settings, you can perform a dry run or continue running the task.
You can go to “jobs“Section, you can cancel/stop them as needed.
In addition to all the basic functions above, you can also directly enter File->Preferences You can also change the rclone location, installation options, download folder, bandwidth settings and proxy.
To learn more about its usage and features, you may want to check GitHub page For all technical information.
For every Linux user who wants to use the powerful features of Rclone, Rclone Browser should definitely come in handy.
Have you tried it? Do you prefer to use the GUI or the rclone terminal? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!