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a command line interface and FUSE filesystem for Amazon Cloud Drive

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acd_cli provides a command line interface to Amazon Cloud Drive and allows mounting your cloud drive using FUSE for read and write access. It is currently in beta stage.

Node Cache Features

  • caching of local node metadata in an SQLite database

  • addressing of remote nodes via a pathname (e.g. /Photos/kitten.jpg)

  • file search

CLI Features

  • tree or flat listing of files and folders

  • simultaneous uploads/downloads, retry on error

  • basic plugin support

File Operations

  • upload/download of single files and directories

  • streamed upload/download

  • folder creation

  • trashing/restoring

  • moving/renaming nodes

Quick Start


Please check which pip command is appropriate for Python 3 packages in your environment. I will be using ‘pip3’ as superuser in the examples.

The easiest way is to directly install from PyPI.

pip3 install --upgrade --pre acdcli

The most up-to-date way is to directly install from github.

pip3 install --upgrade git+

Further setup options and dependencies are described in the setup guide.

First Run

On the first start of the program (try acd_cli sync), you will have to complete the OAuth procedure. A browser tab will open and you will be asked to log in or grant access for ‘acd_cli_oa’. Signing in or clicking on ‘Continue’ will download a JSON file named oauth_data, which must be placed in the cache directory displayed on screen (e.g. /home/<USER>/.cache/acd_cli).

You may view the source code of the Appspot app that is used to handle the server part of the OAuth procedure at

Advanced Users

Alternatively, you may put your own security profile data in a file called client_data in the cache directory. It needs to be created prior to starting the program and adhere to the following form.

    "CLIENT_ID": "",

Your security profile must be able to redirect to http://localhost. The procedure is similar to the above, the difference is that you will be asked to paste the redirect URL into your shell.


acd_cli can be run as acd_cli or acdcli.

Most actions need the node cache to be initialized and up-to-date, so please run a sync. A sync will fetch the changes since the last sync or the full node list if the cache is empty.

The following actions are built in

sync (s)            refresh node list cache; necessary for many actions
clear-cache (cc)    clear node cache [offline operation]

tree (t)            print directory tree [offline operation]
children (ls)       list a folder's children [offline operation]

find (f)            find nodes by name [offline operation] [case insensitive]
find-md5 (fm)       find files by MD5 hash [offline operation]
find-regex (fr)     find nodes by regular expression [offline operation] [case insensitive]

upload (ul)         file and directory upload to a remote destination
overwrite (ov)      overwrite file A [remote] with content of file B [local]
stream (st)         upload the standard input stream to a file
download (dl)       download a remote folder or file; will skip existing local files
cat                 output a file to the standard output stream

create (c, mkdir)   create folder using an absolute path

list-trash (lt)     list trashed nodes [offline operation]
trash (rm)          move node to trash
restore (re)        restore node from trash

move (mv)           move node A into folder B
rename (rn)         rename a node

resolve (rs)        resolve a path to a node ID [offline operation]

usage (u)           show drive usage data
quota (q)           show drive quota [raw JSON]
metadata (m)        print a node's metadata [raw JSON]

mount               mount the cloud drive at a local directory
umount              unmount cloud drive(s)

Please run acd_cli --help to get a current list of the available actions. A list of further arguments of an action and their order can be printed by calling acd_cli [action] --help.

Most node arguments may be specified as a 22 character ID or a UNIX-style path. Trashed nodes’ paths might not be able to be resolved correctly; use their ID instead.

There are more detailed instructions for file transfer actions and find actions.


First, create an empty mount directory, then run acd_cli mount path/to/mountpoint. To unmount later, run acd_cli umount.

Further information can be found in the FUSE documentation.

Exit Status

When the script is done running, its exit status can be checked for flags. If no error occurs, the exit status will be 0. Possible flag values are:



general error


argument error


failed file transfer


upload timeout


hash mismatch


error creating folder


file size mismatch


cache outdated


remote duplicate


duplicate inode


file/folder name collision


If multiple errors occur, their values will be compounded by a binary OR operation.

Proxy support

Requests supports HTTP(S) proxies via environment variables. Since all connections to Amazon Cloud Drive are using HTTPS, you need to set the variable HTTPS_PROXY. The following example shows how to do that in a bash-compatible environment.

$ export HTTPS_PROXY="https://user:pass@"

CLI Usage Example

In this example, a two-level folder hierarchy is created in an empty cloud drive. Then, a relative local path local/spam is uploaded recursively using two connections.

$ acd_cli sync

$ acd_cli ls /
  [PHwiEv53QOKoGFGqYNl8pw] [A] /

$ acd_cli mkdir /egg/
$ acd_cli mkdir /egg/bacon/

$ acd_cli upload -x 2 local/spam/ /egg/bacon/
  [################################]   100.0% of  100MiB  12/12  654.4KB/s

$ acd_cli tree

The standard node listing format includes the node ID, the first letter of its status and its full path. Possible statuses are “AVAILABLE” and “TRASH”.

Known Issues

It is not possible to upload files using Python 3.2.3, 3.3.0 and 3.3.1.

If you encounter Unicode problems, check that your locale is set correctly or use the --utf argument to force the script to use UTF-8 output encoding. Windows users may try to execute the provided reg file (tested with Windows 8.1) to set the command line interface encoding to cp65001.

API Restrictions

  • the current upload file size limit is 50GiB

  • uploads of large files >10 GiB may be successful, yet a timeout error is displayed (please check manually)

  • storage of node names is case-preserving, but not case-sensitive (this concerns Linux users mainly)

  • it is not possible to share or delete files


Have a look at the contributing guidelines.

Recent Changes


  • FUSE read support added


  • sync speed-up

  • node listing format changed

  • optional node listing coloring added (for Linux or via LS_COLORS)

  • re-added possibility for local OAuth


  • curl dependency removed

  • added job queue, simultaneous transfers

  • retry on error


  • setuptools support

  • workaround for download of files larger than 10 GiB

  • automatic resuming of downloads

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