rclone touch

Create new file or change file modification time.


Set the modification time on file(s) as specified by remote:path to have the current time.

If remote:path does not exist then a zero sized file will be created, unless --no-create or --recursive is provided.

If --recursive is used then recursively sets the modification time on all existing files that is found under the path. Filters are supported, and you can test with the --dry-run or the --interactive/-i flag.

If --timestamp is used then sets the modification time to that time instead of the current time. Times may be specified as one of:

  • 'YYMMDD' - e.g. 17.10.30
  • 'YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS' - e.g. 2006-01-02T15:04:05
  • 'YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSS' - e.g. 2006-01-02T15:04:05.123456789

Note that value of --timestamp is in UTC. If you want local time then add the --localtime flag.

rclone touch remote:path [flags]


  -h, --help               help for touch
      --localtime          Use localtime for timestamp, not UTC
  -C, --no-create          Do not create the file if it does not exist (implied with --recursive)
  -R, --recursive          Recursively touch all files
  -t, --timestamp string   Use specified time instead of the current time of day

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


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