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I use Fuse4X and ForkLift to mount a remote directory (a dev server). I use PHPStorm to open projects and source (/Volumes/dev/project_path), but sometimes it happens that Forklift freezes (in Activity Monitor 100 and more percent cpu). To solve this I have to kill Forklift, remount and reopen project.

Any idea or tip for better mounting?

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Two good options, one paid, one free.


Transmit is a long-standing and well-regarded Mac app that handles FTP, SFTP, S3 and WebDAV (possibly other protocols, I'm not sure). It can mount anything you can access as a local volume. $34, but it's the faster way, if you don't mind buying another app.

FUSE and Macfusion

Download and install FUSE for OS X and Macfusion. Make sure to check MacFUSE compatibility when installing FUSE for OS X. Open up Macfusion, add a new share with the + button, and you should be set. This is the free option, but it can be a bit fiddly, and I've heard it can be less stable, but I don't have enough experience with it to say for sure.

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...last commit with Macfusion 3 years ago, first impression not good -- does it work let say for sftp? – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 15:49
Transmit doesn't support SCP. However, – davidcondrey Mar 6 '14 at 17:37
Transmit still does not support SCP. – Preston Badeer May 31 at 15:40
Any server that you can access with SCP should support SFTP, both run over SSH. SCP is non-interactive, so any sort of disk mounting would be a big hack at best. – robmathers May 31 at 16:59

Try CyberDuck for free:

And I found SSHFS:

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Getting OSx for developer -ready, I have heard of the following below.

  • Expanddrive here

  • sshfs with brew (FREE)

  • Cyberduck -- insecure Java -implementation, apparently free version here

  • Transmit here

And lastly platform-independent -solution that looks most promising because you can export instances:

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...instead of wasting time with brew and proper sshfs -installation, you may want to try some of the apps -- I faced this bug with brew here. – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 15:36
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Best option for me is now Samba. After install and adding smb user works perfectly. Simply connect in Finder -> Shared -> 'server-name'. Bye FUSE and Macfusion!

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Seems is where it's at:

Mountain Duck lets you mount server and cloud storage as a local disk in the on Mac and the File Explorer on Windows. Open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume.

If you find other alternatives, add them at

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This is not selling pitch but I use Flow sftp+ftp application to work on my servers.

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..according to feedback, the developer has abandoned this project hence -1. I don't know whether the feedback is correct but not good feedback in the store. – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 15:38

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