This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up Macfusion. After installing Macfuse (easy) and then Macfusion (even easier), you’ll be able to mount a remote FTP or SSH host as a local drive. This allows you to access, read/view, write/edit and transfer files to and from your local hard drive to the remote one – as if it was local as well. Keep reading for the complete walk-through.
- First up, download MacFUSE from Google. The installation is pretty straight forward – mostly you’ll just click next a bunch of times. Once it’s installed, download Macfusion. To install it, just unzip the file and drag the app to your Applications folder.
Launch it from there.
- You’ll likely be notified that the macfusion agent process has not started. If you’d like it to start each time you sign in, place a check in the Start agent automatically on login box. Either way, click the Start button.
- You’ll be presented with a rather plain Macfusion window. Lets start by adding a FTP site to mount as a local drive. Click the small + (plus symbol) in the bottom left corner. Select FTPFS from the drop-down list.
- Give your “FTP drive” a descriptive name in the top field, and then enter the appropriate information in each of the additional fields. The Path: refers to the location you’d like to have mounted once you connect. For example, when you FTP to your host and successfully login, you’re “placed” into a specific folder (usually something like /home/your-user-name/). If you’d like to specify a different location, do so in the Path: field.
Click the Macfusion tab for a few more options.
- From here you can change the Mount Point: – if you’d rather have the drive show up in your Documents folder, you would enter something like /Users/your-user-name/Documents/. This tutorial assumes you’re using the default (which means leave it blank). If you’d like to give the volume a name other than the default (which is the host name), enter it in the Volume Name: field.
When you’re done making any changes, click OK
- You’ll be prompted to allow Macfusion to store your login details in the keychain. Click Always Allow (unless you have reason not to – in which case click Allow.
- Now click Mount back in the main Macfusion Window. You may be prompted to allow the items in the keychain again.
- The status will change from (Unmounted) to (Mounted)
- Open a Finder window, and you’ll see your FTP host mounted as a local drive in the DEVICES list. You can browse it as you would any other local drive.
- You can read/view, write and edit files as if they were on your Mac.
- To add a SSH drive the process is very similar. Select the + (plus sign) and then SSHFS from the drop-down list.
- Again, enter the appropriate info in the spaces provided. Click the SSH Advanced tab when you’re done.
- From here you can change the SSH port if your host uses one other than 22. You can also select to Enable Compression (I didn’t) or de-select Follow Symbolic Links (I didn’t – it’s useful). When you’re done, click the Macfusion tab.
- From here you can change the Mount Point: the same way you can with FTPFS, or give your volume a name other than the default (which again will be the host). Click OK when you’re done.
- You’ll go through the Always Allow keychain process again, and then after clicking Mount, your SSH host will be mounted as a local drive.
- Now each time you launch Macfusion your sites will be saved, and you can quickly connect to them by clicking the Mount button.