rpi-clone is a shell script for cloning a running Raspberry Pi booted source disk (SD card or USB disk) to a destination disk which will be bootable.

Destinations include:

  • SD cards in the SD card slot or a USB card reader
  • USB flash drives
  • USB hard drives and SSDs
  • NVMe drives attached directly to the Pi PCIe bus

Quick Start Guide

Install rpi-clone:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/geerlingguy/rpi-clone/master/install | sudo bash

Alternatively, you can manually install from source if you don’t trust the curl | sudo bash install script:

git clone https://github.com/geerlingguy/rpi-clone.git
cd rpi-clone
sudo cp rpi-clone rpi-clone-setup /usr/local/sbin

If booting off an internal microSD card, clone to an external USB drive:

sudo rpi-clone sda

If booting off an external USB drive, clone to the internal microSD card:

sudo rpi-clone mmcblk0

If booting off an internal microSD card, clone to a PCIe NVMe SSD (note: you may need to change EEPROM settings to boot off NVMe SSDs):

sudo rpi-clone nvme0n1

For an exhaustive list of options and usage scenarios, read this project’s README.


Assuming you used the install script with the curl | sudo bash installation method, the following command will remove both files that were downloaded:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/sbin/rpi-clone*

Code and License

The code for rpi-clone is maintained on GitHub:


The code is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License.


This project was originally authored by @billw2, and is now maintained by @geerlingguy, based on many patches by @framp.