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Utilities for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

The efs-utils package has been verified against the following Linux distributions:

Distribution Package Type init System
Amazon Linux 2017.09 rpm upstart
Amazon Linux 2 rpm systemd
CentOS 7 rpm systemd
RHEL 7 rpm systemd
RHEL 8 rpm systemd
Debian 9 deb systemd
Ubuntu 16.04 deb systemd


  • nfs-utils (RHEL/CentOS/Amazon Linux) or nfs-common (Debian/Ubuntu)
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2+
  • Python 2.7+
  • stunnel 4.56+


On Amazon Linux distributions

For those using Amazon Linux or Amazon Linux 2, the easiest way to install efs-utils is from Amazon's repositories:

$ sudo yum -y install amazon-efs-utils

On other Linux distributions

Other distributions require building the package from source and installing it.

  • Clone this repository:
$ git clone
$ cd efs-utils
  • To build and install an RPM:
$ sudo yum -y install rpm-build
$ make rpm
$ sudo yum -y install build/amazon-efs-utils*rpm
  • To build and install a Debian package:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get -y install binutils
$ ./
$ sudo apt-get -y install ./build/amazon-efs-utils*deb

Run tests

$ virtualenv ~/.envs/efs-utils
$ source ~/.envs/efs-utils/bin/activate
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Run tests
$ make test



efs-utils includes a mount helper utility to simplify mounting and using EFS file systems.

To mount with the recommended default options, simply run:

$ sudo mount -t efs file-system-id efs-mount-point/

To mount over TLS, simply add the tls option:

$ sudo mount -t efs -o tls file-system-id efs-mount-point/

To authenticate with EFS using the system’s IAM identity, add the iam option. This option requires the tls option.

$ sudo mount -t efs -o tls,iam file-system-id efs-mount-point/

To mount using an access point, use the accesspoint= option. This option requires the tls option.

$ sudo mount -t efs -o tls,accesspoint=access-point-id file-system-id efs-mount-point/

To mount your file system automatically with any of the options above, you can add entries to /efs/fstab like:

file-system-id efs-mount-point efs _netdev,tls,iam,accesspoint=access-point-id 0 0

For more information on mounting with the mount helper, see the manual page:

man mount.efs

or refer to the documentation.


efs-utils contains a watchdog process to monitor the health of TLS mounts. This process is managed by either upstart or systemd depending on your Linux distribution, and is started automatically the first time an EFS file system is mounted over TLS.

Upgrading stunnel for RHEL/CentOS

By default, when using the EFS mount helper with TLS, it enforces certificate hostname checking. The EFS mount helper uses the stunnel program for its TLS functionality. Please note that some versions of Linux do not include a version of stunnel that supports TLS features by default. When using such a Linux version, mounting an EFS file system using TLS will fail.

Once you’ve installed the amazon-efs-utils package, to upgrade your system’s version of stunnel, see Upgrading Stunnel.

License Summary

This code is made available under the MIT license.

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