A FUSE wrapper for Windows Azure Blob Storage. It provides basic functionality to mount Azure Blob Storage as a local filesystem to your computer.
Introduction & Aim
There is no user-friendly interface to manage files on Azure cloud storage. Sometimes we need to:
- list files under a container
- transfer a bunch of local files to the cloud
- remove files matching a specific name pattern
- rename files on the cloud
- move files accross containers
AzureFS is a command-line interface where you can mount your Windows
Azure storage account as a folder on your computer and accomplish
such everyday tasks practically using UNIX commands like
It is neither rock-solid nor should be used except for manual tasks. Your programs should communicate Windows Azure Storage service via its REST API.
This project requires
git clone https://github.com/terencehonles/fusepy.git cd fusepy sudo python setup.py install
sudo easy_install azure or
sudo pip install azure or
git clone https://github.com/WindowsAzure/azure-sdk-for-python.git cd azure-sdk-for-python/src sudo python setup.py install
apt-get install libfuse2 fuse-utils libfuse-dev
sudo chmod 777 /etc/fuse.conf)
Create a folder for your mount point e.g.
azurefsfolder you cloned from this repo
python azurefs.py <MOUNT_POINT> <YOUR_STORAGE_ACCOUNT> <STORAGE_SECRET_KEY>
Do not shutdown this process, in some other tab, navigate to your mount point e.g.
To try something out, create a container by
mkdir mycontainer, and create a file e.g.
date >> date.txt.
You are ready to go. When you're done, simply hit
Here's a neat blog post explains the project, highly recommended read:
Current significant limitations
- Single-level file hierarchy (i.e.
- Nested directories (i.e
/container/directory/file) are not supported.
- Nested directories (i.e
- Untested Mac OS X support (probably won't work)
- No support for files on root level (container name is
- Freezes GUI environments e.g. standard Ubuntu; works fine on Ubuntu Server
- Couldn't make use of delete container REST API call due to UNIX VFS interface.
Therefore if you attempt to
rm -rfa container with 1000s of files, you'll wait a lot. Instead, do it programmatically.
AzureFS, copyright 2012 Ahmet Alp Balkan. Licensed under Apache License Version 2.0, see http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html
This project is neither affiliated with Windows Azure(TM) nor supported by Microsoft Corporation (C). Use it at your own risk.
Azure SDK for Python, copyright Microsoft Corporation (C). Licensed under Apache License Version 2.0 Project available on https://github.com/WindowsAzure/azure-sdk-for-python
fusepy, licensed under New BSD License. Project available on https://github.com/terencehonles/fusepy
Ahmet Alp Balkan 'ahmetalpbalkan at gmail.com'