Read only access to specific directories and read-write access to others

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

How can I configure rclone / Google Drive to grant fine-grained read-write privileges to rclone?

The situation is: I have been granted access to a Google Drive shared folder.
Inside this folder there are folders for related to different projects, e.g.:


I followed the Google Drive tutorial ( and was able to download the shared folder to my server and to upload my server files to shared/muh_project/

The problem is: right now, rclone has read and write privileges to the entire shared folder and I am scared about the possibility of messing up the other projects.

How can I configure rclone / Google drive so that:

  1. rclone only has access /shared (I don't want it to be able to access other Google Driver folders)
  2. rclone has read-only access to everything inside /shared
  3. rclone has read-write access to /shared/muh_project

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

rclone v1.53.3

  • os/arch: linux/amd64
  • go version: go1.15.5

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

Ubuntu Server 20.04 - 64 bit
CentOS Linux 7 (Core) - 64 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit

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-v1.53.3-linux-amd64/rclone sync -v --create-empty-src-dirs biomaldrive:shared/ ~/synced

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

type = drive
scope = drive
root_folder_id = 1_hllszokyUVztOBGUbTZrCrNJ4NsTJHJ
token = removed

That's not how access works via the API unfortunately.

You can create team drives and share only certain things out to certain people.

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