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My Question is seemingly simple. I need to mount an ssh/sftp volume and make it visible in finder to be able to use it as if it were a local volume (think smb share). I have tried everything I could find (MacFUSE + sshfs(whatever version), Macfusion(couldn't install),...).

Is there anyway to do this seemingly simple thing? It feels like I'm missing something here. Also, I'm not looking for an sftp client for download/upload. My personal machine is an Ubuntu box, and that's easily doable on that.


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Well, MacFusion was going to be my answer but since you've tried that I'll recommend my second favourite app when it comes to mounting shares: Panic's Transmit. It's new, very awesome, feature lets you mount any share that it can connect to in the UI as a "disk" in your Finder that you can drag files to. SFTP, SSH, S3...very cool.

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+1 for Transmit, it's awesome. –  Josh Dec 22 '10 at 19:13
ok so never mond... Macfusion worked. Apparently, downloading with safari worked while downloading with firefox 4 beta 8 didn't –  Ous Dec 22 '10 at 20:20
@Ous: good stuff. MacFusion is pretty sweet. Can't be free even if the interface is a clunky. If you want a slicker interface Transmit will do what MacFusion does (plus a whole lot more) and look damn good doing it. –  Ian C. Dec 22 '10 at 22:05

For future references, instead of MacFusion I'd go with fuse4x which is basically an updated version of MacFusion, actively developed.

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Isn't fuse4x an updated version of MacFUSE? Macfusion is just the GUI for the mac port of FUSE. –  El Developer Jan 3 '13 at 1:22

I can connect to a regular ftp server or an sftp (ssh) server using these in Finder's Connect To Server dialog:

For ftp: ftp://username@mydomain.com

For sftp/ssh: ftps://username@mydomain.com

So, in theory, you can try ftps://path/to/volume_name

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ftps is not the same as sftp. –  Cory Gagliardi Feb 10 '13 at 17:20
and further neither are the same as ssh. –  ataulm Oct 15 '13 at 10:31

As of March 2013, the current free software solution is Fuse for OS X plus a package for SSHFS (a download link on Fuse for OS X webpage).

Macfusion is a GUI for easy mounting/unmounting remote shares but it needs to be patched to work with SSHFS/Fuse for OS X.

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Best ones that you can use are Transmit, like has been said before, or Expandrive, which is probably more like what you're looking for, as finder integration is its main feature.

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Another solution is WebDrive (35$+). I successfully used the Windows version of the same product, so I expect the same from the OS X version. Too bad, that they require you to buy separate licenses for Windows and OS X.

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I use Cyberduck for this task. It's a cross-platform (but native on mac) app that is full of features and it's free to use. You can support the developers by donating or buying it directly from the Mac App Store.

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If I'm not mistaken, Cyberduck does not let you access the files via Finder. It is a great client though. –  radven Feb 3 '12 at 4:37
@radven Oh yeah, you're right, it doesn't. Sorry for that, please ignore my answer. –  avee Apr 2 '12 at 3:12

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