KB450429 – Connecting Rclone to Backblaze

Last modified: July 25, 2021
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  • This article will walkthrough the process of  installing Rclone and connecting it to a Backblaze bucket for cloud backups. This will allow a user to push, pull, move, copy, etc, backups from Backblaze.



  • Install Rclone
    • curl -O https://downloads.rclone.org/rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
      unzip rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
      cd rclone-*-linux-amd64
      sudo su
      cp rclone /usr/bin
      chown root:root /usr/bin/rclone
      chmod 755 /usr/bin/rclone
      (OPTIONAL - Create manual page)
      mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1
      cp rclone.1 /usr/local/share/man/man1/
  •  Create an application key for the bucket.

  • Copy this down. It will only appear here once.

  • Create a new remote for rclone by running “rclone config” and you will be prompted for a name and which type of remote. Enter “5” for Backblaze B2.

  • Enter the keyID and applicationKey from the backblaze webpage. Enter true or false on hard_delete option as you need.



  • You should now be able to push or pull files from a Backblaze bucket. You can have multiple remotes at a time and have multiple buckets. The files can be moved in either direction based on the syntax of the Rclone commands. A list of Rclone commands is available here.
  • We can then test that the authentication works. Here I have uploaded two random files.

  • I will copy them to a folder I have created on the server using “rclone copy”


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