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SSHFS Mount Tool

SSHFS Mount Tool (SMT) — CLI tool for manage and mount SSH connections as file system volumes.
SMT is a wrapper around SSHFS but designed to work with minimal typing.


  • Linux/macOS
  • PHP CLI >= 8.1.0


Install SSHFS


sudo apt install sshfs

macOS (

brew install sshfs

Install SSHFS Mount Tool

Option 1: Install with Composer

composer global require i-amdroid/sshfs-mount-tool

Check that Composer bin directory exists in your PATH. Depending on your OS, Composer bin directory can be $HOME/.composer/vendor/bin or $HOME/.config/composer/vendor/bin (read more). Depending on your shell, it can be set in ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc etc.

If Composer bin directory does not exist in PATH, add it like this:

export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin"


export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.config/composer/vendor/bin"

Option 2: Manual installation

Download latest phar from Releases.

chmod 755 smt.phar
sudo mv smt.phar /usr/local/bin/smt


Add connection

smt add -v

Connection properties:

Property Description
id Connection ID
title Title
server Server
port Port
user Username
password Password
key Path to key file
mount Mount directory
remote Remote directory
options List of SSHFS options
ssh_options List of SSH options

Connections can be stored in YAML file in ~/.config/smt/stm.yml (global) or in stm.yml in current directory.

ssh_options are not prompted during add command, so they need to be added to config file manually.

Example of config file:

    title: myserver
    port: null
    user: iam
    password: null
    key: ~/.ssh/id_rsa
    mount: ~/mnt/msrv
    remote: /var/www
      - some_option
      - SomeAnotherOption=yes
      - '-o SomeOption=100'
      - '-f SomeFlag 200'

Mount connection

smt <connection id>

or just:


It will show saved connections to choose one or automatically mount, if only one connection exist in config file.

Unmount connection

smt um <connection id>


smt um

All commands

smt (mount) [<connection id>, -p <password>] — Mount connection
smt unmount (um) [<connection id>] — Unmount connection
smt add — Add connection
smt remove (rm) [<connection id>] — Remove connection
smt list (ls) [<connection id>] — List connection properties
smt status (st) — Show status of connections
smt config (cfg) — Open config file
smt help (-h) [<command>] — Show help
smt --version (-V) — Show version
smt info (--info, -i) — Show information about dependencies
smt completion [<shell>] — Dump the shell completion script

Limited support commands

smt cd [<connection id>] — Change directory to connection mount directory
smt ssh [<connection id>] — Launch SSH session

Currently supported only in default Ubuntu terminal (gnome-terminal), default macOS terminal ( and iTerm.

Launching SSH sessions with password authentication require sshpass.

Installing on Ubuntu:

sudo apt install sshpass

Installing on macOS:

brew install

Config files

Global config file ~/.config/smt/stm.yml useful for storing multiple often used connections.

Config file stm.yml in current directory useful for storing per project connections in project folder. If only one connection exist in config file, it will be automatically used as <connection id> argument for commands. For example:

smt — Mount connection
smt um — Unmount connection

If SMT run from folder which contain stm.yml file, this file will be used as config file. Otherwise, global config file will be used. For using global config file from folder which contains stm.yml file, use global option (-g, --global).

Since v2.1, SMT supports user preferences in ~/.config/smt/config.yml file. Preferences allow to customize SSHFS commands, default options, add new terminals, choose editor, default mount folder, default global option state.


SMT initially has been written on pure PHP.

V2 has been completely rewritten with Symfony Console component.

V3 has been upgraded to use Symfony 6.2.

V4 has been upgraded to use Symfony 6.3.

Any contributions are welcome.

Future plans

  • Add tests
  • Prettify info command
  • Install with Homebrew


  1. Clone project
  2. Get dependencies via Composer
composer install
  1. Run build process via Box
box compile


CLI tool for manage and mount SSH connections as file system volumes







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