SSHFS in Windows

This post will cover the required steps to configure a working SSHFS client set-up in Windows. With SSHFS you can mount a remote directory via SSH as if it were a local drive, while SSHFS is common on Linux/Nix* Windows is a different story. To make use of SSHFS in Windows you will need to download win sshfs a free SSHFS application.

You will need to download the following files to have a working SSHFS setup:

Let’s Start

Note:I’ve only used password for authentication, I have not tried key files yet…

You will need to download win sshfs from the following link code.google.com/p/win-sshfs/ , once the download completes install the application.

Windows SSHFS

Click on Next to continue.

Windows SSHFS

Accept the license agreement and click on Next.

Windows SSHFS

Hopefully you already installed the pre-requisites I mentioned above, otherwise the application will refuse to install. Otherwise, go back an install them. Click on Next to continue.

Windows SSHFS

Accept the default path and click on Next.

Windows SSHFS

Click on Finish to launch the application.

Windows SSHFS

Now in SSHFS Manager click on Add, we need to add a new connection.

Windows SSHFS

This is where we connect to the SSH server, in my case the server runs Ubuntu 12.04. Enter a name, server IP address, user credentials and for the rest go with the defaults if you like.

Windows SSHFS

First click on Save and then click on Mount.

Windows SSHFS

If you provided the correct server information your SSHFS connection should now be mounted.

Windows SSHFS

You can verify this by going to My Computer, the new SSHFS drive will be mounted as a removable drive.

Windows SSHFS

By default the application will start at start-up, you can change this behavior by going to Taskbar, right clicking on the application icon and un-checking Run at startup.

Windows SSHFS

Win SSHFS so far as worked quite well for me, I like the idea of having access to SSHFS from my Windows 7 computer. If you find any mistakes of have suggestions don’t to leave a comment.

Links

Dokan library 0.6.0 dokan-dev.net/en/download/

win sshfs code.google.com/p/win-sshfs/

.NET Framework 4.0 microsoft.com/en-us/download/

18 thoughts on “SSHFS in Windows

  1. Gustavo Rafael,

    “PasswordAuthentication no” prevents it as passwords are sent in the clear. Setup Key Based Authentication to get around the problem.

  2. Followed this and it works well. Am using Amazon EC2 and had to copy my .pem key file and change line length from 77 chars with CRLF to 64 chars with LF before SSHFS would authenticate with it.

  3. Thanks! It works great, and it’s much easier than screwing around with Samba/CIFS shares on a server. Now, I can directly edit scripts and config files in Notepad++!

    I only wish I didn’t have to save the password in the profile to get it to connect.

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