If you want to mount remote file system on local for purposes like exploring, programing, etc, I think this step-by-step guide on how to mount remote Linux filesystem would be helpful for you.

Mount Remote LINUX Filesystem

To mount remote Linux filesystem, you can use a tool named sshfs. SSHF is a network filesystem client for mounting remote directories over a Secure Shell connection.

Install SSHFS

If you don’t have this program, please install it at first.

# For ArchLinux
$ sudo pacman -S sshfs

# For Debian/Ubuntu
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs

# For CentOS/Fedora/RHEL
$ sudo yum install sshfs

# For FreeBSD
$ pkg install sshfs

# For OSX
$ brew install sshfs

Basic Usage

1.Create SSHFS Mount Directory/Point

$ mkdir /mnt/<local_folder>

2.Mount Remote Filesystem

$ sshfs user@host:/home/<remote_folder> /mnt/<local_folder>

Or specifying SSH options, for example:

# Using SSH key based authorization
$ sshfs -o "allow_other,IdentityFile=~/.ssh/id_rsa" user@host:/home/<remote_folder> /mnt/<local_folder>

Here’s the accompanying manpage, you would learn more options for other usage.

3.Unmount Remote Filesystem

To unmount remote filesystem, just use the umount command as you usually do.

$ umount /mnt/<local_folder>

4.Mount on booting

To automatically mount remote filesystem on booting, you need to edit the file called /etc/fstab, here we edit it through the editor called vi:

$ sudo vi /etc/fstab

Add new record on new line:

sshfs#user@host:/home/<remote_folder>/ /mnt/<local_folder> fuse.sshfs defaults 0 0

or with SSH options:

sshfs#user@host:/home/<remote_folder>/ /mnt/<local_folder> fuse.sshfs allow_other,IdentityFile=~/.ssh/id_rsa 0 0

Next, remount all in the fstab file to reflect the changes:

sudo mount -a
  • -a: Mount all filesystems (of the given types) mentioned in fstab.