Rclone with docker-compose = restart loop

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Using the docker version with docker-compose, the container keeps restarting

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

rclone v1.59.0

  • os/version: alpine 3.16.0
  • os/kernel: 5.15.32-v7l+ (armv7l)
  • os/type: linux
  • os/arch: arm
  • go/version: go1.18.3
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: none

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


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

    image: rclone/rclone
    container_name: rclone
    restart: unless-stopped
    user: 1000:1000
    network_mode: host
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - ./rclone/config:/config/rclone
      - ./rclone/data:/data
    command: version
      - SYS_ADMIN
      - apparmor:unconfined

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.


type = dropbox

token = {"access_token":"XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"}

That compose looks like it's just running a version command.

What are you trying to do?

Thank you for taking a look. The version command is there simply as a test until I can figure it out why it keeps crashing/restarting. Once that is sorted, i will use a different command to sync my files.

Can you share some logs as I'm not sure what you mean by crashing/restarting?

Below is the output from running docker ps. As you'll see, under status, it shows restarting. What happens next is that it keeps restarting:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                                          COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                                  PORTS                                                                                                                                 NAMES
45ae87301317   rclone/rclone                                  "rclone version"         About an hour ago   Restarting (0) Less than a second ago            

That's because you are running a single command, rclone version and you have

So it'll keep running that command over and over.

Thank you, I guess it shows I'm still quite new at this! I'm still trying to wrap my head around this, though. If I remove the "restart: unless-stopped" line, rclone runs the version command and then closes/stops running. If I want to schedule a task, how would I call on rclone if it is not running? I'm sure I am missing something really basic here, so thank you for your help and patience!

I'm probably not the best for that as I wouldn't use docker with rclone as for me, it's a single binary with a single config file so I find docker overkill for that.

I use docker for every the other apps I use, but not rclone.

Thanks for the help! I'm likely overcomplicating things by adding docker here, so I may reconsider my approach.

This docker-compose works for me

        image: rclone/rclone:latest
        container_name: rclone
            - PUID=1000
            - PGID=1000
            - type: bind
              source: /path/on/local/system
              target: /path/inside/container
                propagation: shared
            - /home/$USER/.config/rclone:/root/.config/rclone
            - /etc/passwd:/etc/passwd:ro
            - /etc/group:/etc/group:ro
            - /dev/fuse
            - SYS_ADMIN
            - apparmor:unconfined
        command: "mount etc etc"
        restart: unless-stopped

Give it a try maybe

Thank you! I'm guessing you are using this to mount a remote? The more I think about it, the more it makes sense that rclone would stop; after all, if I give it a sync command using a standard installation, it will also stop/shut down after completing the task. A very rudimentary approach could actually take advantage of this by letting docker re-launch rclone (i.e. run the desired command) at whatever interval docker tries to restart the container.