How to Install Rclone from Snap Package in Ubuntu Linux

Install Rclone Snap - Rclone is a command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages. It supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Yandex Disk, and many more.

This tool is useful for backup purposes. Rclone is now available as a snap package, meaning you can now install or update Rclone easily on a wide range of Linux distribution which support Snaps such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch Linux, OpenSuse, etc.

All the rclone commands (eg sync, copy etc) will work on all the remote storage systems. The good things, Rclone is free software under the terms of MIT the license.


  • MD5/SHA1 hashes checked at all times for file integrity
  • Timestamps preserved on files
  • Partial syncs supported on a whole file basis
  • Copy mode to just copy new/changed files
  • Sync (one way) mode to make a directory identical
  • Check mode to check for file hash equality
  • Can sync to and from network, eg two different cloud accounts
  • Optional encryption (Crypt)
  • Optional FUSE mount

Installing Rclone Stable Snap Package

You need a snapd package. However, it should be installed by the default in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, 16.10 Yakkety Yak, 17.04 Zesty Zapus.

Install Rclone from Snap Package in Ubuntu Linux

For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users, please run the following command to install it from the repositories :

sudo apt-get install snapd

For other Linux distributions, installing snapd is detailed on the Rclone GitHub installation page.

To install the Rclone stable snap package, run the command below :

sudo snap install rclone --classic

If you need a development version, simply use rclone-dev instead.

How to Update Rclone snap Package

Well, if you want to update this tools, you can run the following command :

sudo snap refresh rclone --classic

The source code can be found on its GitHub. That's all folks! Thanks for visiting us.