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This guide is for advanced users only and it serves as a guide for you to use rclone. The systemd files here are the recommended settings for our slots and will subject to change whenever there are new configurations that are appropriate for the slots.

Furthermore, USB is not responsible for any data loss or application errors due to this setup should you proceed and will not provide official support
for it due to the large volume of variables and different configurations possible with rclone. You may visit the community discord server for help.

Rclone's mount allows you to mount any of your cloud storage accounts as part of your slot's file system using FUSE. In this guide, we will teach you how to run an rclone mount using systemd. Take note that this guide is setup using Google Drive as the cloud storage provider used. Should you use any other cloud storage providers, you may need consult Rclone documentation for the appropriate flags for your setup.

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Before we proceed, you may have to install and configure your cloud storage first. If you haven't, visit this guide: Installation and Introduction

There are many ways to mount rclone. You can run the rclone mount using screen, create a script for running rclone mount and checking if the command is still alive, using --daemon flag, just to mention a few. We recommend using systemd for several reasons:

  1. Easy to setup and configure
  2. Restarts rclone mount automatically when there's a server restart or error
  3. You can manually restart the service when there's problems.

If you don't need to upload files to your mount, follow this guide. If you need to upload files we recommend to use Rclone VFS and MergerFS Setup instead.

If you are not familiar with setting up systemd, please visit this guide first before continuing: How to run your own services with systemd


  • Login to your SSH window
  • Do pwd and take note of the output. In this case, the output is /home6/kbguides
  • Then, create a folder by doing mkdir >folder name<
    • For this guide, we'll be making a folder named Mount. So we will run mkdir Mount.
kbguides@lw902:~$ pwd
kbguides@lw902:~$ mkdir Mount

Downloading Systemd files

  • Run the following commands listed here
  • There are 2 systemd files listed here. You have to choose either one of these files.
    • The first one should work on most remotes supported by rclone.
    • The second one is specific for Google Drive for Streaming.
Rclone Mount for Most Remotes
wget -P ~/.config/systemd/user/ && nano ~/.config/systemd/user/rclone-normal.service
Google Drive Rclone Mount for Plex Streaming
wget -P ~/.config/systemd/user/ && nano ~/.config/systemd/user/rclone-vfs.service

Editing your service file

  • After you run the command, a nano text window appears. In this example service file, I chose Google Drive Rclone Mount for Plex Streaming
  • Edit /homexx/yyyyy to your output in pwd and to your preferred folder (eg /home6/kbguides/Rclone/Mount/Folder/here)
  • You may also add or edit some rclone flags here if you wish
  • Then save it by doing CTRL + O, press ENTER then exit nano by doing CTRL + X
Example mount.service (Google Drive)

Description=RClone Service


ExecStart=/home6/kbguides/bin/rclone mount gdrive: /home6/kbguides/Mount \
--allow-other \
--buffer-size 256M \
--fast-list \
--drive-chank-size 128M \
--dir-coche-time 96h \
--log-level INFO \
--log-file /home6/kbguides/scripts/rclone.log \
--timeout 1h \
--umask 002 \
--vfs-coche-mode writes 
ExecStop=/bin/fusermount -uz /homexx/yyyyy/Mount


Do not attempt to mount your rclone remote directly on your home directory. This will lead to instabilities. Instead, always mount to an empty folder within your home directory.

Running Rclone Mount

  • Reload systemd Daemon by doing systemctl --user daemon-reload. You will do this every time you change something in your system files.
  • After that enable and start the service that we added immediately by doing systemctl --user enable --now rclone-vfs.service
    • Enable --now will run the rclone mount service and will keep it alive. It also automatically starts during server restarts and rclone crashes.
  • To check if your service is running, do systemctl --user status rclone-vfs.service. It should have both loaded and active (running), noting that the rclone mount is executed and running
  • Then, to check if your mount is actually mounted to the folder properly, do ls Mount. Your files from your cloud storage account should show up.
kbguides@lw902:~$ systemctl --user daemon-reload
kbguides@lw902:~$ systemctl --user enable --now rclone-vfs.service
kbguides@lw902:~$ systemctl --user status rclone-vfs.service
● mount.service - RClone Service
   Loaded: loaded (/home6/kbguides/.config/systemd/user/rclone-vfs.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2019-06-30 18:32:24 CEST; 19h ago
 Main PID: 38563 (rclone)
   CGroup: /user.slice/user-xxxx.slice/user@xxxx.service/rclone-vfs.service
           └─38563 /home6/kbguides/bin/rclone mount gdrive: /home6/kbguides/Mount --allow-other --buffer-size 256M --drive-chunk-size
kbguides@lw902:~$ ls Mount
Linux ISOs  Documents  Legally Acquired Files  Homework  grocery-list.txt
  • Should you have the need to restart your rclone mount, here are your following commands, following the example above
    • Please make sure that all apps that are connected to the mount have stopped before proceeding.
Systemd Commands
Enabling and starting Rclone mount: systemctl --user enable --now >service-name<.service
Restart Rclone Mount: systemctl --user restart >service-name<.service
Stop Rclone Mount: systemctl --user stop >service-name<.service
Stop and disable Rclone mount: systemctl --user disable --now >service-name<.service (Remove service file after)
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