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What is it?

Cloudplow (CP) is a script created by l3uddz that has one main component as relates to Saltbox: it's an uploader to Rclone remote. Files are moved off local storage. With support for multiple uploaders (i.e. remote/folder pairings).

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Remote Uploader Function

As setup for Saltbox, Cloudplow uploads all the content in /mnt/local/Media/ (see Paths) to your cloud storage provider (e.g. Google Drive), after the folder reaches a 200 GB size threshold, when checked every 30 minutes.

Note: The size threshold and the check interval can be changed via steps mentioned on this page.

Drive Daily Upload Limit (click to expand)
Google Drive has a max upload limit of about 750GB per day. When this limit is reached, Google Drive will put you in a 24 hour soft ban. When Cloudplow detects this (with the phrase `Failed to copy: googleapi: Error 403: User rate limit exceeded`), uploading will be suspended for 25 hours (i.e. a 25 hour ban sleep), and upon waking up, it will resume its checking and uploading tasks. This feature is enabled by default. This method is better than running Rclone task with a `bwlimit`, because you can just upload in bursts when the uploading resumes. _Note: The keywords or phrases that are used to monitor the ban, and the duration of the sleep time, can be changed at any time by editing the `config.json` file._ Cloudplow can also use service accounts to upload and work around this limitation.


Note that this is an extract from the cloudplow docs and does not cover everything that cloudplow can do. Please refer to the Cloudplow github for complete details on available options.

Default config.json file

See Example Cloudplow configs.



Note: Config changes require a restart: sudo systemctl restart cloudplow.


Edit in your favorite code editor (with json highlighting) or even a unix editor like nano.

nano /opt/cloudplow/config.json

Note: The cloudplow config file is a JSON file. JSON files have a particular format and syntax. If you are unfamiliar with JSON formatting and syntax, don't edit this file until you have gained that familiarity. Here's a random YouTube video that will give you a ten-minute overview.

Modify Upload Threshold and Interval

    "uploader": {
        "google": {
            "check_interval": 30,
            "exclude_open_files": false,
            "max_size_gb": 200,
            "opened_excludes": [
            "size_excludes": [

"check_interval": How often (in minutes) Cloudplow checks the size of /mnt/local/Media.

"max_size_gb": Max size (in GB) Cloudplow allows /mnt/local/Media to get before starting an upload task.

  • Note: max_size_gb is rounded up, so it is advised to have it minimum 2GB or else it would attempt upload at each interval. Explanation below.

    • Setting this to 1GB will trigger on anything in the upload directory, since Cloudplow will round, say, 200MB usage up to 1G and trigger an upload.

    • Setting this to 2GB will trigger on a little more than 1GB of data in the upload directory, since there needs to be more than 1G there for the value to get rounded up to 2G and trigger the upload.

    • THIS IS ONLY A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WITH THESE SMALL NUMBERS. It's not a general "Cloudplow triggers at half the threshold". This rounding means that the default 200G threshold will actually trigger at 199+G, since 199.2G would get rounded up to 200G.

Plex Integration

Cloudplow can throttle Rclone uploads during active, playing Plex streams (paused streams are ignored).

  "plex": {
      "enabled": false,
      "url": "",
      "token": "YOUR_TOKEN_HERE",
      "poll_interval": 60,
      "max_streams_before_throttle": 1,
      "rclone": {
          "throttle_speeds": {
              "0": "1000M",
              "1": "50M",
              "2": "40M",
              "3": "30M",
              "4": "20M",
              "5": "10M"
          "url": "http://localhost:7949"

enabled - Change false to true to enable.

url - Your Plex URL.

token - Your Plex Access Token.

poll_interval - How often (in seconds) Plex is checked for active streams.

max_streams_before_throttle - How many playing streams are allowed before enabling throttling.


  • url - Leave as default.

  • throttle_speeds - Categorized option to configure upload speeds for various stream counts (where 5 represents 5 or more streams). M is MB/s.

  • Format:


NZBget Integration

Cloudplow can pause the NZBGet download queue when an upload starts; and then resume it upon the upload finishing.

"nzbget": {
    "enabled": false,
    "url": ""

enabled - true to enable.

Sabnzbd Integration

Cloudplow can pause the Sabnzbd download queue when an upload starts; and then resume it upon the upload finishing.

"sabnzbd": {
    "enabled": false,
    "url": ""
    "apikey": "1314234234"

enabled - true to enable.

Service account uploading

You can tell cloudplow to use a set of service accounts when uploading to Google Drive to go past the daily 750G upload limit. Details are available here, but in a nutshell you will add the service_account_path to the uploader:

"uploader": {
    "google": {
        "check_interval": 30,
        "exclude_open_files": true,
        "max_size_gb": 500,
        "opened_excludes": [
        "size_excludes": [

If you used the saltbox scripted rclone setup, there is a script that will make these changes for you described here.


Restart Cloudplow to apply the changes to the config.

sudo systemctl restart cloudplow

Logs and status

Details here


You can run a manual Cloudplow task from anywhere by just using the cloudplow command.

Manual Upload

To start uploading right away, regardless of what the folder size is:

cloudplow upload