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Mount a FTP share in Ubuntu as a folder

By admin | December 7, 2008

There are several GUI interfaces for FTP on Linux, such as gFTP and FileZilla. But what if you need to use the powerful Linux command lines on an FTP share? This article will help you mount a FTP share as a folder so you can use your regular Linux tools (grep,nano,mv,rm,ls,etc.) on a FTP share. This can be accomplished using cURLFTPfs.

  1. If you don’t already have curlftpfs installed, install it with sudo apt-get install curlftpfs.
  2. Replacing the appropriate settings, mount the share with sudo curlftpfs -o umask=0777,uid=1000,gid=1000,allow_other ftp://username:password@your.ftpserver.here /media/ftpmountedhere. Make sure that the location to mount to is already created and readable and writable by all users.
  3. To make this permanent, add it to the end of /etc/init.d/rc.local to be able to access the share after reboot.

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Topics: Linux | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Mount a FTP share in Ubuntu as a folder”

  1. Arley Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 2:40 am

    This tool is great~!
    Thanks.

  2. pradeep Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Really this works …….. Great one

  3. Ryan Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    2 years of mucking around with trying to configure Samba shares and having it break after every upgrade or configuration change, and this simple guide put all my troubles to rest. I don’t foresee myself ever using Samba again.

  4. Emil Says:
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Same as Ryan. Goodbye SAMBA.

  5. ssslav Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Yep, this is good.. but there is a bug (4 years!!!)
    1) mount ftp syte
    curlftpfs -o umask=0077 ftp://USER1:PASSWD1@HOST1 /mnt/ftp1
    2) trying to upload large backups (1.5GB)
    cp /path/file1 /mnt/ftp1/
    coping 202.5MB and stops:
    cp: closing `/mnt/ftp1/file1′: Input/output error

    And used option ‘direct_io’ - the same trouble
    I use this on my ubuntu 10.04 64bit server:
    curlftpfs -V
    curlftpfs 0.9.2 libcurl/7.19.7 fuse/2.7

  6. ssslav Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 3:52 am

    P/S: regular ftp command works perfect.. until channel exist (over VPN), but after ‘broking pipe’ and reconnecting this stops..

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