How To Mount Fuse Filesystem In Linux

FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) is an interface provided by the Linux kernel, which allows users to create their own file systems without the need to dig into kernel code. FUSE is particularly useful when you want to create a custom file system to, for example, interact with a web service or to mount a remote directory on your filesystem. In this guide, we’ll go over how to mount a FUSE filesystem in Linux.


  • A Linux machine
  • Root or sudo access to the machine
  • FUSE installed on your system

If you haven’t installed FUSE yet, use the following command to install it:

    sudo apt-get install fuse

Mounting a FUSE Filesystem

Assuming that you’ve already created a FUSE filesystem, you can mount it using the mount command followed by the filesystem:

    sudo mount -t fuse /path/to/your/filesystem /mnt/mount_point

This command mounts the given filesystem at the specified mount point. If the mount point doesn’t exist, you’ll need to create it first using the mkdir command:

    sudo mkdir /mnt/mount_point

Unmounting a FUSE Filesystem

Unmounting a filesystem is as straightforward as mounting it. You just have to use the umount:

    sudo umount /mnt/mount_point

If the system reports that the device is busy, make sure that no processes are using the mount point and no users are navigating within the directory. If the problem persists, use the -l option to perform a lazy unmount:

    sudo umount -l /mnt/mount_point


And that’s it! We’ve now covered the basics of mounting and unmounting a FUSE filesystem in Linux. FUSE is a powerful feature that allows users to seamlessly integrate remote and custom file systems into their Linux environments, and we hope this guide has provided you with a good starting point for using FUSE.