My web development server is in the Cloud and I am very new to Macs.

On Ubuntu and other flavors of Linux, I would mount the remote drives using sshfs. I have researched SSHFS for Mac and come up with FUSE for OS x and MacFUSE. I have them both installed but when I attempt to run man sshfs on my commandline I get a command not found error.

Unless I am missing something, I can't find simple instructions to help me resolve this issue.

I have tried Mount and Mount_smbfs too but I immediately get server connection failed: operation timed out errors.

My Mac runs on OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63)

Can anyone please give me some simple steps to help overcome this obstacle?


First, you don't want to have both MacFUSE and FUSE for OS X (OSXFUSE) installed, OSXFUSE is a replacement for MacFUSE, which is no longer under active development.

OSXFUSE is not an application, it is a kernel extension and libraries that allow developers to easily write a file system that lives in user space rather than in the kernel. Once you have it installed you need to then install a file system, in your case sshfs, which can be found on the OSXFUSE website (http://osxfuse.github.io/).

Once you have both OSXFUSE and sshfs installed then you still won't have a Mac application, but you will have a command line tool sshfsin /usr/local/bin and a man sshfs at the command line will give you the manual page for it.

If you would like a GUI then you can install Macfusion (http://macfusionapp.org/) and follow the instructions here (https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/wiki/SSHFS#macfusion) so that it uses the much more reliable OSXFUSE version of sshfs rather than the MacFUSE based one it ships with.


It looks like the software might not be installed the right way, or in the right place. On a Mac, the easiest way to install sshfs and fuse is with Homebrew.

  1. Install Homebrew http://brew.sh/

  2. brew install sshfs

    This will install dependencies such as fuse4x. Read all the instructions that appear -- some of other steps may be required, such as

    brew link fuse4x
    sudo /bin/cp -rfX /usr/local/Cellar/fuse4x-kext/0.9.2/Library/Extensions/fuse4x.kext /Library/Extensions
    sudo chmod +s /Library/Extensions/fuse4x.kext/Support/load_fuse4x


If you have installed Fuse for OSX you will find the binary you are searching at /Applications/Macfusion.app/Contents/PlugIns/sshfs.mfplugin/Contents/Resources/sshfs-static.

You can use ln -s [Path-like-above] [Your-favorit-bin-path]/sshfs if you want to call it with sshfs.

If you get a command not found error and not a No manual entry for sshfs, then man is not found and this indicates no issue with sshfs.

  • Thank you for you answer Dor. Whilest I can see FUSE for OS x clearly installed in the System Preference area, I can't navigate to it via the command line. It just lists all the other applications except for FUSE OS X – sisko Aug 2 '13 at 10:35

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