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folder synchronization with OneDrive


onedrive [OPTION] --synchronize
onedrive [OPTION] --monitor
onedrive [OPTION] --display-config
onedrive [OPTION] --display-sync-status


A complete tool to interact with OneDrive on Linux.


Without any option given, no sync is done and the program exits.

--auth-files ARG

Perform authorization via two files passed in as ARG in the format authUrl:responseUrl. The authorization URL is written to the authUrl, then onedrive waits for the file responseUrl to be present, and reads the response from that file.

--auth-response ARG

Perform authentication not via interactive dialog but via providing the response url directly.


Check for the presence of .nosync in the syncdir root. If found, do not perform sync.
Configuration file key: check_nomount (default: false)


Check for the presence of .nosync in each directory. If found, skip directory from sync.
Configuration file key: check_nosync (default: false)


Number of children in a path that is locally removed which will be classified as a 'big data delete'
Configuration file key: classify_as_big_delete (default: 1000)


Cleanup additional local files when using --download-only. This will remove local data.
Configuration file key: cleanup_local_files (default: false)

--confdir ARG

Set the directory used to store the configuration files

--create-directory ARG

Create a directory on OneDrive - no sync will be performed.

--create-share-link ARG

Create a shareable link for an existing file on OneDrive


Debug OneDrive HTTPS communication.
Configuration file key: debug_https (default: false)

--destination-directory ARG

Destination directory for renamed or move on OneDrive - no sync will be performed.


Disable download validation when downloading from OneDrive
Configuration file key: disable_download_validation (default: false)


Do not use desktop notifications in monitor mode
Configuration file key: disable_notifications (default: false)


Disable upload validation when uploading to OneDrive
Configuration file key: disable_upload_validation (default: false)


Display what options the client will use as currently configured - no sync will be performed.


Display what options the client has been configured to use on application startup.


Display the sync status of the client - no sync will be performed.


Replicate the OneDrive online state locally, by only downloading changes from OneDrive. Do not upload local changes to OneDrive.
Configuration file key: download_only (default: false)


Perform a trial sync with no changes made. Can ONLY be used with --synchronize. Will be ignored for --monitor
Configuration file key: dry_run (default: false)


Enable client activity to a separate log file
Configuration file key: enable_logging (default: false)


Force the deletion of data when a 'big delete' is detected


Force the use of HTTP 1.1 for all operations
Configuration file key: force_http_11 (default: false)


Force a synchronization of a specific folder, only when using --synchronize --single-directory and ignore
all non-default skip_dir and skip_file rules

--get-O365-drive-id ARG

Query and return the Office 365 Drive ID for a given Office 365 SharePoint Shared Library

--get-file-link ARG

Display the file link of a synced file


List OneDrive Business Shared Folders


Synchronize from the local directory source first, before downloading changes from OneDrive.
Configuration file key: local_first (default: false)


Logout the current user

--log-dir ARG

defines the directory where logging output is saved to, needs to end with a slash
Configuration file key: log_dir (default: /var/log/onedrive/)


the minimum number of pending incoming changes necessary to trigger a desktop notification
Configuration file key: min_notify_changes (default: 5)

-m --modified-by ARG

Display the last modified by details of a given path

-m --monitor

Keep monitoring for local and remote changes

--monitor-interval ARG

The number of seconds by which each sync operation is undertaken when idle under monitor mode
Configuration file key: monitor_interval (default: 300)

--monitor-fullscan-frequency ARG

Number of sync runs before performing a full local scan of the synced directory
Configuration file key: monitor_fullscan_frequency (default: 10)

--monitor-log-frequency ARG

Frequency of logging in monitor mode
Configuration file key: monitor_log_frequency (default: 5)


Do not delete local file 'deletes' from OneDrive when using --upload-only
Configuration file key: no_remote_delete (default: false)

--operation-timeout ARG

Set the maximum amount of time (seconds) a file operation is allowed to take. This includes DNS resolution, connecting, data transfer, etc.
Configuration file key: operation_timeout (default: 3600)


Print the access token, useful for debugging


Reauthenticate the client with OneDrive

--remove-directory ARG

Remove a directory on OneDrive - no sync will be performed.


Remove source file after successful transfer to OneDrive when using --upload-only
Configuration file key: remove_source_files (default: false)


Forget the last saved state, perform a full sync


Approve the use of performing a --resync action without needing CLI authorization

--single-directory ARG

Specify a single local directory within the OneDrive root to sync.

--skip-dir ARG

Skip any directories that match this pattern from syncing


When matching skip_dir directories, only match explicit matches
Configuration file key: skip_dir_strict_match (default: false)


Skip dot files and folders from syncing
Configuration file key: skip_dotfiles (default: false)


Skip any files that match this pattern from syncing
Configuration file key: skip_file (default: ~*|.~*|*.tmp)

--skip-size ARG

Skip new files larger than this size (in MB)


Skip syncing of symlinks
Configuration file key: skip_symlinks (default: false)

--source-directory ARG

Source directory to rename or move on OneDrive - no sync will be performed.

--space-reservation ARG

The amount of disk space to reserve (in MB) to avoid 100% disk space utilisation


Sync all files in sync_dir root when using sync_list.


Sync OneDrive Business Shared Folders
Configuration file key: sync_business_shared_folders (default: false)

--syncdir ARG

Set the directory used to sync the files that are synced
Configuration file key: sync_dir (default: ~/OneDrive)


Perform a synchronization


Replicate the locally configured sync_dir state to OneDrive, by only uploading local changes to OneDrive. Do not download changes from OneDrive.
Configuration file key: upload_only (default: false)

--user-agent ARG

Set the used User Agent identifier
Configuration file key: user_agent (default: don't change)

-v --verbose

Print more details, useful for debugging. Given two times (or more) enables even more verbose debug statements.


Print the version and exit


Create a read-write shareable link for an existing file on OneDrive when used with --create-share-link <file>

-h --help

This help information.


State caching

Real-Time file monitoring with Inotify

File upload / download validation to ensure data integrity

Resumable uploads

Support OneDrive for Business (part of Office 365)

Shared Folder support for OneDrive Personal and OneDrive Business accounts

SharePoint / Office365 Shared Libraries

Desktop notifications via libnotify

Dry-run capability to test configuration changes

Prevent major OneDrive accidental data deletion after configuration change

Support for National cloud deployments (Microsoft Cloud for US Government, Microsoft Cloud Germany, Azure and Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in China)


You should copy the default config file into your home directory before making changes:

mkdir -p ~/.config/onedrive
cp @DOCDIR@/config ~/.config/onedrive/config

For the supported options see the above list of command line options for the availability of a configuration key.

Pattern are case insensitive. * and ? wildcards characters are supported. Use | to separate multiple patterns.

After changing the filters (skip_file or skip_dir in your configs) you must execute onedrive --synchronize --resync.

First Run

After installing the application you must run it at least once from the terminal to authorize it.

You will be asked to open a specific link using your web browser where you will have to login into your Microsoft Account and give the application the permission to access your files. After giving the permission, you will be redirected to a blank page. Copy the URI of the blank page into the application.

Systemd Integration

Service files are installed into user and system directories.

OneDrive service running as root user

To enable this mode, run as root user

systemctl enable onedrive
systemctl start onedrive
OneDrive service running as root user for a non-root user

This mode allows starting the OneDrive service automatically with system start for multiple users. For each <username> run:

systemctl enable onedrive@<username>
systemctl start onedrive@<username>
OneDrive service running as non-root user

In this mode the service will be started when the user logs in. Run as user

systemctl --user enable onedrive
systemctl --user start onedrive

Logging Output

When running onedrive all actions can be logged to a separate log file. This can be enabled by using the --enable-logging flag. By default, log files will be written to /var/log/onedrive.

All logfiles will be in the format of %username%.onedrive.log, where %username% represents the user who ran the client.


If OneDrive has been compiled with support for notifications, a running onedrive in monitor mode will send notifications about initialization and errors via libnotify to the dbus.

Note that this does not work if onedrive is started as root for a user via the onedrive@<username> service.

See Also

Further examples and documentation is available in docs/ docs/ docs/ docs/ docs/


June 2023 v2.4.25