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Clone RackSpace Cloud Files Container With TurboLift

turbolift is an absolutely brilliant utility for manipulating RackSpace Cloud Files.  With turbolift you can do things like:

  • Upload a directory, (recursively)
  • Upload a single file
  • Upload a local directory (recursively) and sync it with a Cloud Files Container
  • Download a Container to a local directory
  • Download changed objects from a Container to a local directory
  • Compresses a Local Directory, then uploads it
  • List all Containers
  • List all Objects in a Container
  • Delete an Object in a Container
  • Delete an entire Container
  • Clone one Container in one region to another Container in the same or Different Region.
  • Set Custom headers on Objects/Containers


So in this article I’m going to demonstrate how to clone a container.

Here’s the download link for turbolift:

On CentOS 6.5 the install is easy:

Now lets assume that we have a container on RackSpace Cloud Files name “devimages” and we want to copy or clone the contents of that container to another container named “prodimages”. Here’s the turbolift command:

The [SOURCE REGION] and [DESTINATION REGION] should be one of ‘dfw’, ‘ord’, ‘iad’, ‘lon’, ‘syd’ or ‘hkg’.

turbolift is fast – it takes about 10 minutes to clone a 2GB container with 18K objects in the same region.

  • cloudnull

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great writeup.

  • Amit Bhardwaj

    Super Awesome Utility. Saved good amount of manual efforts. Key is the ease of use and hence this one is far far better than using the swift APIs.

  • Sathyan

    Looks good in terms of transfer speed, but all my cloned images has been reset with “content-type as text” so it is not readable via urls.
    Container is having almost 5 GB with nearly 4 lakhs objects.