Rclone S3 API

Selecting an Integration Pattern

Use our S3-compatible Hosted Gateway integration pattern to increase upload performance and reduce the load on your systems and network. Uploads will be encrypted and erasure-coded server-side; thus, a 1GB upload will result in only 1GB of data being uploaded from the client to the hosted gateway.

Use this pattern for

  • Reduced upload time

  • Reduction in network load

By selecting this integration pattern, you are opting into Server-side Encryption.

Prerequisites

Generate Credentials to the Gateway MT

Navigate to the Access page within your project and then click on Create S3 Credentials. A modal window will pop up where you should enter a name for this access grant.

Assign the permissions you want this access grant to have, then click on Encrypt My Access:

Enter the Encryption Passphrase you used for your other access grants. If this is your first access grant, we strongly encourage you to use a mnemonic phrase as your encryption passphrase. (The GUI automatically generates one on the client-side for you)

This passphrase is important! Encryption keys derived from it are used to encrypt your data at rest, and your data will have to be re-uploaded if you want it to change!

Importantly, if you want two access grants to have access to the same data, they must use the same passphrase. You won’t be able to access your data if the passphrase in your access grant is different than the passphrase you uploaded the data with.

Please note that Storj does not know or store your encryption passphrase, so if you lose it, you will not be able to recover your files.

Click either on the Copy to clipboard link or Download .txt and then confirm that you copied your Encryption Phrase to a safe place.

Click the Create my Access link to finish generating of S3 credentials.

Copy your Access KeySecret Key, and Endpoint to a safe location or download them.

Now you are ready to configure Rclone

Setup

First, Download and extract the rclone binary onto your system.

Execute the config command:

rclone config
rclone config

A text-based menu will prompt. Type n and hit Enter to create a new remote configuration, select n (New Remote).

e) Edit existing remote
n) New remote
d) Delete remote
r) Rename remote
c) Copy remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
e/n/d/r/c/s/q> n
e) Edit existing remote
n) New remote
d) Delete remote
r) Rename remote
c) Copy remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
e/n/d/r/c/s/q> n

Enter a name for the new remote configuration, e.g., waterbear.

name> waterbear
name> waterbear

A long list of supported storage backends will prompt. Enter s3 and hit Enter.

Option Storage.
Type of storage to configure.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
...
5 / Amazon S3 Compliant Storage Providers including AWS, Alibaba, Ceph, China Mobile, Cloudflare, ArvanCloud, DigitalOcean, Dreamhost, Huawei OBS, IBM COS, IDrive e2, IONOS Cloud, Liara, Lyve Cloud, Minio, Netease, RackCorp, Scaleway, SeaweedFS, StackPath, Storj, Tencent COS, Qiniu and Wasabi
\ (s3)
...
Storage> s3
Option Storage.
Type of storage to configure.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
...
5 / Amazon S3 Compliant Storage Providers including AWS, Alibaba, Ceph, China Mobile, Cloudflare, ArvanCloud, DigitalOcean, Dreamhost, Huawei OBS, IBM COS, IDrive e2, IONOS Cloud, Liara, Lyve Cloud, Minio, Netease, RackCorp, Scaleway, SeaweedFS, StackPath, Storj, Tencent COS, Qiniu and Wasabi
\ (s3)
...
Storage> s3

A further list of S3 storage providers will prompt. Enter Storj and hit Enter.

Option provider.
Choose your S3 provider.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
Press Enter to leave empty.
...
21 / Storj (S3 Compatible Gateway)
\ (Storj)
...
provider> Storj
Option provider.
Choose your S3 provider.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
Press Enter to leave empty.
...
21 / Storj (S3 Compatible Gateway)
\ (Storj)
...
provider> Storj

A choice will be given on how you will enter credentials. Hit Enter for the default choice of 1 / Enter AWS credentials in the next step.

1 / Enter AWS credentials in the next step.
1 / Enter AWS credentials in the next step.

You will be asked for your Access Key ID followed by the Secret Access Key that you previously generated, follow the pattern in the code block below.

Option access_key_id.
AWS Access Key ID.
Leave blank for anonymous access or runtime credentials.
Enter a value. Press Enter to leave empty.
access_key_id> your-access-key-id

Option secret_access_key.
AWS Secret Access Key (password).
Leave blank for anonymous access or runtime credentials.
Enter a value. Press Enter to leave empty.
secret_access_key> your-secret-access-key
Option access_key_id.
AWS Access Key ID.
Leave blank for anonymous access or runtime credentials.
Enter a value. Press Enter to leave empty.
access_key_id> your-access-key-id

Option secret_access_key.
AWS Secret Access Key (password).
Leave blank for anonymous access or runtime credentials.
Enter a value. Press Enter to leave empty.
secret_access_key> your-secret-access-key

You will be asked what Endpoint to connect to. Enter 1 to select the Global Hosted Gateway and hit Enter.

If you use an older Rclone release, you will see a list of regional gateway endpoints to select from. Ignore them and enter the global gateway.storjshare.io endpoint. Using the regional endpoints may cause performance issues.

Option endpoint.
Endpoint of the Shared Gateway.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
Press Enter to leave empty.
1 / Global Hosted Gateway
\ (gateway.storjshare.io)
endpoint> 1
Option endpoint.
Endpoint of the Shared Gateway.
Choose a number from below, or type in your own value.
Press Enter to leave empty.
1 / Global Hosted Gateway
\ (gateway.storjshare.io)
endpoint> 1

You will be asked if you want to edit the advanced config. Type y and hit Enter. Skip most of the questions by hitting Enter. The important ones to configure are chunk_size (64M) and disable_checksum (true).

Edit advanced config?
y) Yes
n) No (default)
y/n> y
...
Option chunk_size.
Chunk size to use for uploading.
When uploading files larger than upload_cutoff or files with unknown
size (e.g. from "rclone rcat" or uploaded with "rclone mount" or google
photos or google docs) they will be uploaded as multipart uploads
using this chunk size.
...
Enter a size with suffix K,M,G,T. Press Enter for the default (5Mi).
chunk_size> 64M
...
Option disable_checksum.
Don't store MD5 checksum with object metadata.
Normally rclone will calculate the MD5 checksum of the input before
uploading it so it can add it to metadata on the object. This is great
for data integrity checking but can cause long delays for large files
to start uploading.
Enter a boolean value (true or false). Press Enter for the default (false).
disable_checksum> true
Edit advanced config?
y) Yes
n) No (default)
y/n> y
...
Option chunk_size.
Chunk size to use for uploading.
When uploading files larger than upload_cutoff or files with unknown
size (e.g. from "rclone rcat" or uploaded with "rclone mount" or google
photos or google docs) they will be uploaded as multipart uploads
using this chunk size.
...
Enter a size with suffix K,M,G,T. Press Enter for the default (5Mi).
chunk_size> 64M
...
Option disable_checksum.
Don't store MD5 checksum with object metadata.
Normally rclone will calculate the MD5 checksum of the input before
uploading it so it can add it to metadata on the object. This is great
for data integrity checking but can cause long delays for large files
to start uploading.
Enter a boolean value (true or false). Press Enter for the default (false).
disable_checksum> true

A summary of the remote configuration will prompt. Type yand hit Enter to confirm.

[waterbear]
type = s3
provider = Storj
access_key_id = <AccessKey>
secret_access_key = <SecretAccessKey>
endpoint = gateway.storjshare.io
chunk_size = 64Mi
disable_checksum: true
--------------------
y) Yes this is OK (default)
e) Edit this remote
d) Delete this remote
y/e/d> y
[waterbear]
type = s3
provider = Storj
access_key_id = <AccessKey>
secret_access_key = <SecretAccessKey>
endpoint = gateway.storjshare.io
chunk_size = 64Mi
disable_checksum: true
--------------------
y) Yes this is OK (default)
e) Edit this remote
d) Delete this remote
y/e/d> y

Now you should see one remote configuration available. Enter q and hit Enter to quit the configuration wizard.

Current remotes:

Name Type
==== ====
waterbear s3
Current remotes:

Name Type
==== ====
waterbear s3

For additional security, you should consider using the s) Set configuration password option. It will encrypt the rclone.conf configuration file. This way secrets like the Create Access Grant in CLI, the encryption passphrase, and the access grant can't be stolen if an attacker gains access to your configuration file.

Create a Bucket

Use the mkdir command to create new bucket, e.g., mybucket.

rclone mkdir waterbear:mybucket
rclone mkdir waterbear:mybucket

List All Buckets

Use the lsf command to list all buckets.

rclone lsf waterbear:
rclone lsf waterbear:

Note the colon (:) character at the end of the command line.

Delete a Bucket

Use the rmdir command to delete an empty bucket.

rclone rmdir waterbear:mybucket
rclone rmdir waterbear:mybucket

Use the purge command to delete a non-empty bucket with all its content.

rclone purge waterbear:mybucket
rclone purge waterbear:mybucket

Upload Objects

Use the copy command to upload an object.

rclone copy --progress ~/Videos/myvideo.mp4 waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone copy --progress ~/Videos/myvideo.mp4 waterbear:mybucket/videos/

The --progress flag is for displaying progress information. Remove it if you don't need this information.

Use a folder in the local path to upload all its objects.

rclone copy --progress ~/Videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone copy --progress ~/Videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/

Only modified files will be copied.

List Objects

Use the ls command to list recursively all objects in a bucket.

rclone ls waterbear:mybucket
rclone ls waterbear:mybucket

Add the folder to the remote path to list recursively all objects in this folder.

rclone ls waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone ls waterbear:mybucket/videos/

Use the lsf command to list non-recursively all objects in a bucket or a folder.

rclone lsf waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone lsf waterbear:mybucket/videos/

Download Objects

Use the copy command to download an object.

rclone copy --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/myvideo.mp4 ~/Downloads/
rclone copy --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/myvideo.mp4 ~/Downloads/

The --progress flag is for displaying progress information. Remove it if you don't need this information.

Use a folder in the remote path to download all its objects.

rclone copy --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/ ~/Downloads/
rclone copy --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/ ~/Downloads/

Delete Objects

Use the deletefile command to delete a single object.

rclone deletefile waterbear:mybucket/videos/myvideo.mp4
rclone deletefile waterbear:mybucket/videos/myvideo.mp4

Use the delete command to delete all object in a folder.

rclone delete waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone delete waterbear:mybucket/videos/

Use the size command to print the total size of objects in a bucket or a folder.

rclone size waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone size waterbear:mybucket/videos/

Sync Two Locations

Use the sync command to sync the source to the destination, changing the destination only. Doesn’t transfer unchanged files, testing by size and modification time or MD5SUM. Destination is updated to match source, including deleting files if necessary.

rclone sync --progress ~/Videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone sync --progress ~/Videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/

The --progress flag is for displaying progress information. Remove it if you don't need this information.

Since this can cause data loss, test first with the --dry-run flag to see exactly what would be copied and deleted.

The sync can also be done from Storj DCS to the local file system.

rclone sync --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/ ~/Videos/
rclone sync --progress waterbear:mybucket/videos/ ~/Videos/

Or between two Storj DCS buckets.

rclone sync --progress waterbear-us:mybucket/videos/ waterbear-europe:mybucket/videos/
rclone sync --progress waterbear-us:mybucket/videos/ waterbear-europe:mybucket/videos/

Or even between another cloud storage and Storj DCS.

rclone sync --progress s3:mybucket/videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/
rclone sync --progress s3:mybucket/videos/ waterbear:mybucket/videos/
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