Debian: use SSHFS to mount a remote directory

In a previous post, I’ve shown how to use SSHFS to mount a remote directory as a volume in Mac OS X. Of course the same can be done to connect two Linux boxes.

Here’s a short description how to do it on Debian.

First you’ll need to install sshfs using apt-get:

apt-get install sshfs

Note that this will also install fuse as a dependency.

Then you need to have a public key authentication in place. I’m assuming that ssh is already installed on the server. You now should do the following, on the Linux box where the file system should be mounted:

apt-get install openssh-client

Now you can generate a key:

mkdir ~/.ssh
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
cd ~/.ssh
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""

Of course replace my email address by yours. You can then print the key:


This should be added to the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the server.

You also need to make sure that PubkeyAuthentication is set to yes in /etc/ssh/sshd_config so that public key authentication is supported at all.

Now you can connect using ssh without password and can mount over ssh:

mkdir ~/amazingweb
sshfs -p 22 ~/amazingweb -oauto_cache,reconnect

Replace USER by the user for which you’ve setup the public key authentication.
Replace by the IP address of the remote server.
Replace ~/amazingweb by the path where you want to mount the remote file system.

It’s basically the same command as under Mac OS X except that you have to remove the 3 following options which are not available under Debian:

  • defer_permissions
  • noappledouble
  • volname

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