Go-mtpfs is a simple FUSE filesystem for mounting Android devices as a MTP device.
It will expose all storage areas of a device in the mount, and only reads file metadata as needed, making it mount quickly. It uses Android extensions to read/write partial data, so manipulating large files requires no extra space in /tmp.
It has been tested on various flagship devices (Galaxy Nexus, Xoom, Nexus 7). As of Jan. 2013, it uses a pure Go implementation of MTP, which is based on libusb.
- Install the Go compiler suite; e.g. on Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install golang-go
- Install libmtp header files
sudo apt-get install libusb1-devel
- Then check out go-mtpfs, and run
go build ./
This will leave a binary
You may need some tweaking to get libusb to compile. See the comment near the top of https://github.com/hanwen/usb/usb.go.
32-bit and 64-bit linux x86 binaries are at
mkdir xoom go-mtpfs xoom & cp -a ~/Music/Some-Album xoom/Music/ fusermount -u xoom
After a file is closed (eg. if "cp" completes), it is safe to unplug the device; the filesystem then will continue to function, but generates I/O errors when it reads from or writes to the device.
It does not implement rename between directories, because the Android stack does not implement it.
It does not implement Event handling, ie. it will not notice changes that the phone makes to the media database while connected.
Some Sony Xperia devices claim to implement Android extension, but don't. See issue #104. Symptom:
AndroidGetPartialObject64 failed: OperationNotSupported
In this case, disable Android extensions with the flag -android=0
You can send your feedback through the issue tracker at https://github.com/hanwen/go-mtpfs
This is not an official Google product.