Is rclone sync target fully usable as a regular filesystem without rclone?

This is probably the most basic question that could be asked. But surprisingly, the answer doesn't seem obvious, even to forum and web search. Isn't answered in a clear way in the docs.

If I run rclone sync, will the target contain a "regular", browseable, readable mirror of the source folder and file structure? (Filters notwithstanding?) In other words, can I browse, open files, on the target computer, just as anyone normally would, without needing to run rclone mount? (I intend to treat the target as read-only, if that matters.)

Or if not by default, are there any options to make it do that?

In other words, are the results something like rsync -av would accomplish.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)


Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

Ubuntu 18.04 x64

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

Local Linux server, via ssh/sftp


rclone's philosophy is 1 file local is 1 file on the remote so exactly like rsync.

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