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Mounting an SSHFS network, the sign-on displays the desktop icon illustrated
Developer(s) Miklos Szeredi
Stable release 2.9.3 / 01 July 2013
Development status Active
Operating system UNIX-like
Type Remote access
Unmounting (signing off) an SSHFS network

In computing, SSHFS (SSH Filesystem) is a filesystem client to mount and interact with directories and files located on a remote server or workstation.[1] The client interacts with the remote file system via the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP),[2] a network protocol providing file access, file transfer, and file management functionality over any reliable data stream that was designed as an extension of the Secure Shell protocol (SSH) version 2.0.

The current implementation of SSHFS using FUSE is a rewrite of an earlier version. The rewrite was done by Miklos Szeredi, who also wrote FUSE.[3]


  • Features 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


SFTP provides secure file transfer and a secure remote file system. While SFTP clients may transfer files and directories, the related file system may not be mounted locally using SFTP alone. Using SSHFS, a remote file system may be treated in the same way as other volumes (such as CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives and shared disks).

Using the Unix command ls with sshfs will sometimes not list the owner of a file correctly, although it is possible to map them manually.[4][5]

For distributed remote file systems with multiple users, protocols such as Apple Filing Protocol, Network File System and Server Message Block are more often used. SSHFS is an alternative to those protocols only in situations where users are confident that files and directories will not be targeted for writing by another user, at the same time.

The advantage of SSHFS when compared to other network file system protocols is that, given that a user already has SSH access to a host, it does not require any additional configuration work, or the opening of additional entry ports in a firewall.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "SSHFS manpage". n.d. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ "SSHFS security". Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  3. ^ a b "SSHFS homepage". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Szeredi, Miklos (November 2008). "SSHFS FAQ: What options does sshfs support?". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 

External links

  • Official website
  • win-sshfs SSHFS client for Windows.

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