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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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