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How to mount an Amazon S3 bucket as virtual drive on CentOS 5.2

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#Note: If you are using CentOS 4, it’s the same general process. You might have more difficulty finding the packages to install fuse and dependencies.

This is a simple guide on how to mount your S3 bucket as a “virtual drive”. This is great for backing up your data to S3, or downloading a bunch of files from S3.

#First, make sure you have the fuse package installed.

#On CentOS, fuse is available from RPMforge


#Now install fuse

yum install fuse
modprobe fuse

#Download s3fs and make

cd /usr/local/src
cd s3fs

#Copy the binary to /usr/local/bin (or wherever you prefer)

cp s3fs /usr/local/bin

#Make a mount point

mkdir /mnt/s3drive

#Mount your bucket like this:


That’s it ! You can change directory to your virtual drive or start copying files !
Go ahead and use a visual client such as CyberDuck or S3Hub to verify with your own eyes that this actually worked. :)
Good luck!

Written by Andrew Waage

April 6th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Posted in Amazon Web Services, linux

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12 Responses to 'How to mount an Amazon S3 bucket as virtual drive on CentOS 5.2'

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  1. Hello,

    Thanks for the tutorial, yet something is missing.

    In step (#Download s3fs and make)
    You need to untar the downloaded archive before making, right :)

    Best wishes

    Ruslan Abuzant

    11 May 10 at 3:55 pm

  2. One more comment, you can combine my 2 comments if you wish.

    libxml2 and curl libraries are needed to compile. They can be installed like this:

    yum install curl*
    yum install libxml2*

    Have a nice day

    Ruslan Abuzant

    11 May 10 at 3:59 pm

  3. yup that seems to be the accepted way however on 2 VM’s of CENTOS 5 and 1 VPS all I ever get after mounting is:

    [root@xxxxxxx mnt]# ls
    ls: reading directory .: Input/output error

    it may also be worth mentioning to people who do not know better that you need to actualy create a bucket first in the AWS panel and with the latest versions of curl 7.20+ i belive you need to add a link to e.g.

    ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/

    I am guessing I am doing somthing really simple wrong but I just cant figure it out this has had be beat for hours.


    25 Jun 10 at 10:58 am

  4. @backtogeek :
    Did you install curl and curl-devel via yum ? (yum install curl*)


    25 Jun 10 at 11:29 am

  5. Hi, I’m Dan, a developer for s3fs. There have been a few changes to the project since this blog was written, please stop by and check out what’s new:

    One item in particular is the source now comes packaged in a standard GNU-type (autotools) package: configure, make and install

    Dan Moore

    6 Nov 10 at 8:19 pm

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  9. Reynold

    14 May 11 at 11:29 am

  10. This appears to be working – I have a mount point appearance on my local Centos box and I can even create files and directories under that mount point. But when I login to my AWS console and look in S3 there – nothing is showing up. I checked it with Cyberduck from my local computer and it doesn’t see anything that my local Centos box sees. Any thoughts?

    Thanks – Brian

    Brian Jones

    1 Nov 11 at 10:29 am

  11. VPS really are a must-have item nowadays for me. Thanks for the details.

  12. You’re a saint; you’re a scholar. I’ve been fighting with s3fs for a couple days now and this worked for me. Thanks!


    10 Sep 12 at 1:02 pm

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