[Awesome Software Disk] macFUSE allows you to extend macOS's native file handling capabilities via third-party file systems


macFUSE allows you to extend macOS’s native file handling capabilities via third-party file systems.


As a user, installing the macFUSE software package will let you use any third-party FUSE file system. Legacy MacFUSE file systems are supported through the optional MacFUSE compatibility layer.

As a developer, you can use the FUSE SDK to write numerous types of new file systems as regular user space programs. The content of these file systems can come from anywhere: from the local disk, from across the network, from memory, or any other combination of sources. Writing a file system using FUSE is orders of magnitude easier and quicker than the traditional approach of writing in-kernel file systems. Since FUSE file systems are regular applications (as opposed to kernel extensions), you have just as much flexibility and choice in programming tools, debuggers, and libraries as you have if you were developing standard macOS applications.


Installation requires administrative privileges.

Prior to installing, you should make sure that you can SSH with keys

Download macFUSE (dmg or pkg) from Home - macFUSE - http://osxfuse.github.io

Open the macFUSE, run installer. Then open the Security & Privacy System Preferences when prompted

Switch to the General tab (if not already selected) and then click the button to Allow system software from developer “Benjamin Fleischer”.


[1] Home - macFUSE - http://osxfuse.github.io

[2] macfuse — Homebrew Formulae - https://formulae.brew.sh/cask/macfuse

[3] The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux) — Homebrew - https://brew.sh/