Recently I ran into a situation where I needed to mount a remote system folder on my OSx for ease of sharing and convenience. You can totally do without this by just using the terminal. However, writing this hoping to help those who need to do this for one or the other reason.
1. Install Fuse and SSHFS
Download FUSE and SSHFS from OSx Fuse site. Follow the instructions to install Fuse, followed by SSHFS.
2. Create a folder on your mac. This will be the mount point of the remote folder.
anjanas:~ $ ls Applications Library Public id_rsa Desktop Movies PycharmProjects test.txt Documents Music dev-vm-mount workspace Downloads Pictures dwhelper anjanas:~ $ mkdir mount anjanasblrmbp:~ $ ls Applications Library Public id_rsa Desktop Movies PycharmProjects mount Documents Music dev-vm-mount test.txt Downloads Pictures dwhelper workspace
3. Create a keyless access to your server
Refer this link for the same.
4. Mount the remote system as a folder on OSx
sshfs -o IdentityFile=~/.ssh/id_rsa firstname.lastname@example.org:/home/anjana/workspace ~/mount
Now you can treat the remote folder as any other folder on your machine.
Unmounting this system can be achieved as follows:
sudo diskutil umount force ~/mount
That’s it for this post.
References: Mount a remote system as a drive on Mac OSx