rClone with Google Drive API – Error 403

Have you tried to use rClone with Google Drive and hit an error  Failed to get file: googleapi: Error 403: Rate Limit Exceeded, rateLimitExceeded this is down to a rate limit on the speed of the upload to get around this you need to use the Google API’s directly which allow you to upload without a restrcition.

Install rClone

curl -O https://downloads.rclone.org/rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip
unzip rclone-current-linux-amd64.zip

cd rclone-*-linux-amd64

#Copy binary file
sudo cp rclone /usr/bin/
sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/rclone
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/rclone

#Install manpage
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1
sudo cp rclone.1 /usr/local/share/man/man1/
sudo mandb 

Create Google Drive API Project


Create a new Project so you can see the API usage

Then enable APIs and Services

Search for Google Drive API and Enable it

Google API – Credentials

Next we need to give the API Permissions to access your Google Drive

Then give Consent


Next create the OAuth Client ID

Now make a note of both the client ID and secret key

Putty Tunnel

Now we need to have rclone use the new API key

For the next part we will need to create a SSH tunnel in order to complete the rclone google authorization.

In the session connection you have for server you are connecting to add the following , you can remove it after you have authorized the API

Configure rClone

Now we need to have rclone use the new API key

rclone config

new remote – google
Storage – Google Drive
Client id – use client key from above step
Client_secret – use secret key from above step
Scope – full
Root-folder – default
Service-account-file – default
Advanced – no
Auto-config – yes
Authorization -

Now open up a web browser with the following and authorize the API we created earlier

Team Drive – No

Y to confirm


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