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:
- Dokan library 0.6.0 dokan-dev.net/en/download/, search for and download DokanInstall_0.6.0.exe.
- win sshfs code.google.com/p/win-sshfs/, download win-sshfs-0.0.1.5-setup.exe.
- .NET Framework 4.0 microsoft.com/en-us/download/, you probably already have it.
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. Click on Next to continue. Accept the license agreement and click on Next. 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. Accept the default path and click on Next. Click on Finish to launch the application. Now in SSHFS Manager click on Add, we need to add a new connection. 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. First click on Save and then click on Mount. If you provided the correct server information your SSHFS connection should now be mounted. You can verify this by going to My Computer, the new SSHFS drive will be mounted as a removable drive. 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. 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.