Introduction to Sshfs

The Sshfs package contains a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol. This is useful for mounting a remote computer that you have ssh access to as a local filesystem. This allows you to drag and drop files or run shell commands on the remote files as if they were on your local computer.



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Package Information

Sshfs Dependencies


Fuse-3.13.1, GLib-2.74.5, and OpenSSH-9.2p1.


docutils-0.19 (required to build the man page)

User Notes:

Installation of Sshfs

Install Sshfs by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release .. &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Using Sshfs

To mount an ssh server you need to be able to log into the server. For example, to mount your remote home folder to the local ~/examplepath (the directory must exist and you must have permissions to write to it):

sshfs ~/examplepath

When you've finished work and want to unmount it again:

fusermount3 -u ~/example

You can also mount an sshfs filesystem at boot by adding an entry similar to the following in the /etc/fstab file:

[email protected]:/path /media/path fuse.sshfs _netdev,IdentityFile=/home/userid/.ssh/id_rsa 0 0

See man 1 sshfs and man 8 mount.fuse3 for all available mount options.


Installed Program: sshfs
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


mounts an ssh server as a local file system