Is it possible to pipe a video stream using rclone's RC server?

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

I'm trying to use rclone's rc server to download and pipe a file through a python script. Is this possible?

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.58.1

  • os/version: Microsoft Windows 11 Home 22H2 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 10.0.22621.1 (x86_64)
  • os/type: windows
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.17.9
  • go/linking: dynamic
  • go/tags: cmount

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Drive

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

rclone rcd --rc-no-auth --rc-addr localhost:35530

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

Not relevant

A log from the command with the -vv flag


After looking through the docs, I found that headers can be passed to rclone copy. I've already tested and you can pass a Range header to the copy command, which would allow for streaming files.

Is there a way to pipe the output of a copy command as STDIN instead of saving it as a file?

This is an example of a command that I would be running:

rclone copy --header-download '"Range": "bytes=0-10"' fs:/path/video.mp4 . --ignore-size --ignore-checksum

I’ve played with this idea before and ended up deciding that song a mount and letting that and my web framework handle the ranges and stuff. Way easier if you can swing it.

If I could, I would. But this solution isn't possible for my use case. Thanks for the suggestion anyways.