Paths are specified as remote:path

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


The initial setup for pCloud involves getting a token from pCloud which you need to do in your browser. rclone config walks you through it.

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> remote
Type of storage to configure.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value
XX / Pcloud
   \ "pcloud"
Storage> pcloud
Pcloud App Client Id - leave blank normally.
Pcloud App Client Secret - leave blank normally.
Remote config
Use web browser to automatically authenticate rclone with remote?
 * Say Y if the machine running rclone has a web browser you can use
 * Say N if running rclone on a (remote) machine without web browser access
If not sure try Y. If Y failed, try N.
y) Yes
n) No
y/n> y
If your browser doesn't open automatically go to the following link:
Log in and authorize rclone for access
Waiting for code...
Got code
client_id = 
client_secret = 
token = {"access_token":"XXX","token_type":"bearer","expiry":"0001-01-01T00:00:00Z"}
y) Yes this is OK
e) Edit this remote
d) Delete this remote
y/e/d> y

See the remote setup docs for how to set it up on a machine with no Internet browser available.

Note that rclone runs a webserver on your local machine to collect the token as returned from pCloud. This only runs from the moment it opens your browser to the moment you get back the verification code. This is on and this it may require you to unblock it temporarily if you are running a host firewall.

Once configured you can then use rclone like this,

List directories in top level of your pCloud

rclone lsd remote:

List all the files in your pCloud

rclone ls remote:

To copy a local directory to a pCloud directory called backup

rclone copy /home/source remote:backup

Modified time and hashes

pCloud allows modification times to be set on objects accurate to 1 second. These will be used to detect whether objects need syncing or not. In order to set a Modification time pCloud requires the object be re-uploaded.

pCloud supports MD5 and SHA1 hashes in the US region, and SHA1 and SHA256 hashes in the EU region, so you can use the --checksum flag.

Restricted filename characters

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

Character Value Replacement
\ 0x5C

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

Deleting files

Deleted files will be moved to the trash. Your subscription level will determine how long items stay in the trash. rclone cleanup can be used to empty the trash.

Emptying the trash

Due to an API limitation, the rclone cleanup command will only work if you set your username and password in the advanced options for this backend. Since we generally want to avoid storing user passwords in the rclone config file, we advise you to only set this up if you need the rclone cleanup command to work.

Root folder ID

You can set the root_folder_id for rclone. This is the directory (identified by its Folder ID) that rclone considers to be the root of your pCloud drive.

Normally you will leave this blank and rclone will determine the correct root to use itself.

However you can set this to restrict rclone to a specific folder hierarchy.

In order to do this you will have to find the Folder ID of the directory you wish rclone to display. This will be the folder field of the URL when you open the relevant folder in the pCloud web interface.

So if the folder you want rclone to use has a URL which looks like https://my.pcloud.com/#page=filemanager&folder=5xxxxxxxx8&tpl=foldergrid in the browser, then you use 5xxxxxxxx8 as the root_folder_id in the config.

Standard options

Here are the Standard options specific to pcloud (Pcloud).


OAuth Client Id.

Leave blank normally.


  • Config: client_id
  • Type: string
  • Required: false


OAuth Client Secret.

Leave blank normally.


  • Config: client_secret
  • Type: string
  • Required: false

Advanced options

Here are the Advanced options specific to pcloud (Pcloud).


OAuth Access Token as a JSON blob.


  • Config: token
  • Type: string
  • Required: false


Auth server URL.

Leave blank to use the provider defaults.


  • Config: auth_url
  • Type: string
  • Required: false


Token server url.

Leave blank to use the provider defaults.


  • Config: token_url
  • Type: string
  • Required: false


The encoding for the backend.

See the encoding section in the overview for more info.


  • Config: encoding
  • Type: MultiEncoder
  • Default: Slash,BackSlash,Del,Ctl,InvalidUtf8,Dot


Fill in for rclone to use a non root folder as its starting point.


  • Config: root_folder_id
  • Type: string
  • Default: "d0"


Hostname to connect to.

This is normally set when rclone initially does the oauth connection, however you will need to set it by hand if you are using remote config with rclone authorize.


  • Config: hostname
  • Type: string
  • Default: "api.pcloud.com"
  • Examples:
    • "api.pcloud.com"
      • Original/US region
    • "eapi.pcloud.com"
      • EU region


Your pcloud username.

This is only required when you want to use the cleanup command. Due to a bug in the pcloud API the required API does not support OAuth authentication so we have to rely on user password authentication for it.


  • Config: username
  • Type: string
  • Required: false


Your pcloud password.

NB Input to this must be obscured - see rclone obscure.


  • Config: password
  • Type: string
  • Required: false