sshfs utility is a FUSE (“Filesystem in Userspace”) program that allows you to mount a directory from a remote system locally, assuming you have
ssh access to the remote system. The command format is:
$ sshfs user@remote-system local-mountpoint options
There are lots of options, but the one that is almost always worth using is -C, which enables compression on the
Here is it in action:
$ mkdir workpc
$ sshfs firstname.lastname@example.org: workpc -C
At this point, you can edit / copy / generally work on files under
workpc as if they were local files.
A minor gotcha is that simply using
umount won’t work:
$ umount workpc
umount: workpc: Permission denied
Non-privileged users are not permitted to unmount filesystems by default. However, because
sshfs is a FUSE filesystem, we can unmount it with
$ fusermount -u workpc
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