Paths are specified as remote:path

Paths may be as deep as required, eg remote:directory/subdirectory.

To configure Jottacloud you will need to enter your username and password and select a mountpoint.

Here is an example of how to make a remote called remote. First run:

 rclone config

This will guide you through an interactive setup process:

No remotes found - make a new one
n) New remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
n/s/q> n
name> jotta
Type of storage to configure.
Enter a string value. Press Enter for the default ("").
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value
XX / JottaCloud
   \ "jottacloud"
Storage> jottacloud
** See help for jottacloud backend at: **

Edit advanced config? (y/n)
y) Yes
n) No
y/n> n
Remote config

Do you want to create a machine specific API key?

Rclone has it's own Jottacloud API KEY which works fine as long as one only uses rclone on a single machine. When you want to use rclone with this account on more than one machine it's recommended to create a machine specific API key. These keys can NOT be shared between machines.

y) Yes
n) No
y/n> y
Your Jottacloud password is only required during setup and will not be stored.

Do you want to use a non standard device/mountpoint e.g. for accessing files uploaded using the official Jottacloud client?

y) Yes
n) No
y/n> y
Please select the device to use. Normally this will be Jotta
Choose a number from below, or type in an existing value
 1 > DESKTOP-3H31129
 2 > fla1
 3 > Jotta
Devices> 3
Please select the mountpoint to user. Normally this will be Archive
Choose a number from below, or type in an existing value
 1 > Archive
 2 > Shared
 3 > Sync
Mountpoints> 1
type = jottacloud
user =
client_id = .....
client_secret = ........
token = {........}
device = Jotta
mountpoint = Archive
y) Yes this is OK
e) Edit this remote
d) Delete this remote
y/e/d> y

Once configured you can then use rclone like this,

List directories in top level of your Jottacloud

rclone lsd remote:

List all the files in your Jottacloud

rclone ls remote:

To copy a local directory to an Jottacloud directory called backup

rclone copy /home/source remote:backup

Devices and Mountpoints

The official Jottacloud client registers a device for each computer you install it on and then creates a mountpoint for each folder you select for Backup. The web interface uses a special device called Jotta for the Archive, Sync and Shared mountpoints. In most cases you’ll want to use the Jotta/Archive device/mounpoint however if you want to access files uploaded by the official rclone provides the option to select other devices and mountpoints during config.


This remote supports --fast-list which allows you to use fewer transactions in exchange for more memory. See the rclone docs for more details.

Note that the implementation in Jottacloud always uses only a single API request to get the entire list, so for large folders this could lead to long wait time before the first results are shown.

Modified time and hashes

Jottacloud allows modification times to be set on objects accurate to 1 second. These will be used to detect whether objects need syncing or not.

Jottacloud supports MD5 type hashes, so you can use the --checksum flag.

Note that Jottacloud requires the MD5 hash before upload so if the source does not have an MD5 checksum then the file will be cached temporarily on disk (wherever the TMPDIR environment variable points to) before it is uploaded. Small files will be cached in memory - see the --jottacloud-md5-memory-limit flag.

Restricted filename characters

In addition to the default restricted characters set the following characters are also replaced:

Character Value Replacement
* 0x2A
: 0x3A
< 0x3C
> 0x3E
? 0x3F
| 0x7C

Invalid UTF-8 bytes will also be replaced, as they can’t be used in XML strings.

Deleting files

By default rclone will send all files to the trash when deleting files. Due to a lack of API documentation emptying the trash is currently only possible via the Jottacloud website. If deleting permanently is required then use the --jottacloud-hard-delete flag, or set the equivalent environment variable.


Jottacloud supports file versioning. When rclone uploads a new version of a file it creates a new version of it. Currently rclone only supports retrieving the current version but older versions can be accessed via the Jottacloud Website.

Quota information

To view your current quota you can use the rclone about remote: command which will display your usage limit (unless it is unlimited) and the current usage.

Device IDs

Jottacloud requires each ‘device’ to be registered. Rclone brings such a registration to easily access your account but if you want to use Jottacloud together with rclone on multiple machines you NEED to create a seperate deviceID/deviceSecrect on each machine. You will asked during setting up the remote. Please be aware that this also means that copying the rclone config from one machine to another does NOT work with Jottacloud accounts. You have to create it on each machine.

Advanced Options

Here are the advanced options specific to jottacloud (JottaCloud).


Files bigger than this will be cached on disk to calculate the MD5 if required.

  • Config: md5_memory_limit
  • Type: SizeSuffix
  • Default: 10M


Delete files permanently rather than putting them into the trash.

  • Config: hard_delete
  • Type: bool
  • Default: false

Remove existing public link to file/folder with link command rather than creating. Default is false, meaning link command will create or retrieve public link.

  • Config: unlink
  • Type: bool
  • Default: false


Files bigger than this can be resumed if the upload fail’s.

  • Config: upload_resume_limit
  • Type: SizeSuffix
  • Default: 10M


Note that Jottacloud is case insensitive so you can’t have a file called “Hello.doc” and one called “hello.doc”.

There are quite a few characters that can’t be in Jottacloud file names. Rclone will map these names to and from an identical looking unicode equivalent. For example if a file has a ? in it will be mapped to ? instead.

Jottacloud only supports filenames up to 255 characters in length.


Jottacloud exhibits some inconsistent behaviours regarding deleted files and folders which may cause Copy, Move and DirMove operations to previously deleted paths to fail. Emptying the trash should help in such cases.