rclone copyurl

Copy the contents of the URL supplied content to dest:path.


Download a URL's content and copy it to the destination without saving it in temporary storage.

Setting --auto-filename will attempt to automatically determine the filename from the URL (after any redirections) and used in the destination path.

With --auto-filename-header in addition, if a specific filename is set in HTTP headers, it will be used instead of the name from the URL. With --print-filename in addition, the resulting file name will be printed.

Setting --no-clobber will prevent overwriting file on the destination if there is one with the same name.

Setting --stdout or making the output file name - will cause the output to be written to standard output.


If you can't get rclone copyurl to work then here are some things you can try:

  • --disable-http2 rclone will use HTTP2 if available - try disabling it
  • --bind rclone will use IPv6 if available - try disabling it
  • --bind ::0 to disable IPv4
  • --user agent curl - some sites have whitelists for curl's user-agent - try that
  • Make sure the site works with curl directly
rclone copyurl https://example.com dest:path [flags]


  -a, --auto-filename     Get the file name from the URL and use it for destination file path
      --header-filename   Get the file name from the Content-Disposition header
  -h, --help              help for copyurl
      --no-clobber        Prevent overwriting file with same name
  -p, --print-filename    Print the resulting name from --auto-filename
      --stdout            Write the output to stdout rather than a file

Important Options

Important flags useful for most commands.

  -n, --dry-run         Do a trial run with no permanent changes
  -i, --interactive     Enable interactive mode
  -v, --verbose count   Print lots more stuff (repeat for more)

See the global flags page for global options not listed here.


  • rclone - Show help for rclone commands, flags and backends.