Mounting remote file systems: MacFUSE + sshfs

This will allow you to securely mount other file systems so that you can browse them in the Finder on your mac.


  1. Download and install MacFuse:
    1. An alternative sshfs is available, but this one seems older:
  2. Download and install MacFusion, which is a GUI for MacFUSE:
  3. Look through this site for instructions on how to update the version of sshfs bundled with MacFusion to the one you just downloaded, and also for how to set up MacFusion.


  • Using the -o auto_cache option seems to alleviate the problem of files getting changed externally, and your mac still thinking they are there.

32bit/64bit kernel

Starting with the 2010 Mac Pros, Apple switched to use the Snow Leopard 10.6 64bit kernel by default (see here). This caused problems with the current version of MacFuse at the time. To remedy this problem, set your mac to start up with the 32bit kernel by default:

sudo systemsetup -setkernelbootarchitecture i386

And to switch back if you want to:

sudo systemsetup -setkernelbootarchitecture x86_64
computing/sshfs.txt · Last modified: 2011/06/21 11:41 am PDT by John Colby
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