rclone touch

Create new file or change file modification time.


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

If remote:path does not exist then a zero sized object will be created unless the --no-create flag is provided.

If --timestamp is used then it will set 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 --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.
  -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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