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OSXFUSE allows you to extend OS X's native file-handling capabilities via third-party file systems. It is a successor to MacFUSE, which is no longer being maintained.

As a user, installing the OSXFUSE software package will let you use any third-party file system written atop OSXFUSE or MacFUSE, if you choose to install the MacFUSE compatibility layer. As a developer, you can use the OSXFUSE SDK to write numerous types of 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.

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What's New

Version 2.6.4:

New Features:

  • Added support for case insensitive FUSE file systems. The macro FUSE_ENABLE_CASE_INSENSITIVE can be used in the FUSE init callback to mark the volume as case insensitive. See loopback.c (commit d9a5986) for details.
  • Please note that FUSE_ENABLE_CASE_INSENSITIVE does not make the FUSE volume case insensitive. It only tells the more...

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Terrible, horrible even—for me—malware. Before you install do a search for "how to uninstall OSXFUSE." And also MacFuse. Like others I had HD-destroying, months long kernel panics before I realized it was this, and I'm still more...

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Version 2.5.5
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Gmadey Member IconReview+0
Gmadey
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From the osxfuse project site, it looks like the latest Stable Release is OSXFUSE 2.7.0

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Version 2.6.4
Marba Member IconReview+2
Marba
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I encounter the following problem.

dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libfuse.
2.dylib
Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/ntfs-3g
Reason: image not found

I give the following ratings because I had successfully read/write NTFS and function transparently.

But thanks for the efforts made.

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Version 2.6.1
fleiben
+2

It looks like you did not install the "MacFUSE Compatibility Layer", which is required for your version of NTFS-3G to function properly.

Please see https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/wiki/NTFS-3G and
https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/wiki/FAQ#13-what-is-the-macfuse-compatibility-layer-do-i-need-it.

Mertonian Member IconReview+7
Mertonian
+2

Lots of people have had the same issues I had. They were not limited to Spotlight and my hardware was a brand new Retina MacBook Pro. With AppleCare, which I would have used had I any other "hardware issues." One need not look far to find others with exactly the symptoms I reported, including the FUSE forums. I think it's curious that the last reply to my review came just days after I asked the FUSE team to cease emailing me with very personal responses. If the developer really wants to be treated like professionals they should learn to act like one.

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Version 2.6.1
fleiben
+3

Everyone interested in the full picture should read https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/issues/83.

whocaresanyway
+1

Before taking this 1 star rating into account, see the discussion on github.

RichardGuay1742 Member IconReview+3
RichardGuay1742
+2

Love this app!

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Version 2.6.0
Mertonian Member IconReview+7
Mertonian
+3

Terrible, horrible even—for me—malware. Before you install do a search for "how to uninstall OSXFUSE." And also MacFuse. Like others I had HD-destroying, months long kernel panics before I realized it was this, and I'm still suffering because the "developer" won't help. You can delete it via the PrefPanel but parts remain, doing who-knows-what because they remain active. Just check Activity monitor for what the "MDS" panic means. I fell for these reviews and hope others won't make the same mistake.

Reply2 replies
Version 2.5.5
Libertyforall1776
+7

This software is NOT malware -- the OP should get their terms straight.

RavenNevermore
+2

Geeze, I've been using it for years and had none of the problems you have had. I think you had unrelated issues with your hardware.

MDS is the metadata server, and mds process is part of Spotlight. When Spotlight is indexing your drive, you will have a lot of mds activity.

Clearly you had hard drive issues.

sjk Member IconComment+996
sjk
+1

2.5.x is currently a Developer Preview and 2.4.2 is still the latest Stable Release.

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Version 2.5.1
fleiben
+3

As of 15 Aug 2012 version 2.5.1 is the new stable release.

Max66 Member IconReview+15
Max66
+3

Working well as a replacement for MacFuse but I would like to see an update that fixes the timeout issue on Lion with NTFS-3g

The suggested fix (https://gist.github.com/1100318#gistcomment-41742) has been there since July but still no new version that includes it (it's December now).

Reply2 replies
Version 2.3.8
fleiben
+1

@Max66

This timeout issue is caused by NTFS-3G in combination with Lion. It has to be addressed in an NTFS-3G update! Since OSXFUSE and NTFS-3G are independent projects providing the workaround is pretty much all that can be done from the OSXFUSE end.

fleiben
+4

I created a "NTFS-3G" page in the OSXFUSE wiki addressing the timeout issue. In addition to that an easy to use, but unofficial, installer package including the workaround is available for download. No need to compile anything.

More information at https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/wiki/_pages

Neal Member IconComment+120
Neal
+0

I can't find a free NTFS binary that works with this, so still unable to mount read/write BootCamp HD...anyone point me toward a suitable candidate?

Reply4 replies
Version 2.3.8
fleiben
+0

What's wrong with NTFS-3G? Install NTFS-3G and OSXFUSE (with MacFUSE compatibility layer) and you are good to go.

Neal
+2

@fleiben

Tried it. Have it. However, I keep getting an annoying timeout error message with NTFS-3G. I can't find a way to switch this message off. Otherwise, yes, it works.

fleiben
+4

@Neal

That's actually a bug in Lion. If you know your way around Terminal/gcc, take a look at https://gist.github.com/1100318. A comment explaining what to do is below the code.

Neal
+1

Ah, brilliant! Thanks, fleiben.

Cowicide Member IconComment+1134
Cowicide
+0

Is this completely compatible with Parallels 7?

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Version 2.3.8
fleiben
+0

I don't use Parallels 7, but if Parallels worked with MacFUSE it will almost certainly work with OSXFUSE. Just select the "MacFUSE compatibility layer" during the installation of OSXFUSE.

Larsen2k4
+0

Works great with Parallels 6 (with MacFUSE compatibility layer) :)

Davidpabian
+0

Yes, works fine with P-7. As fleiben says below, select MacFuse compatibility.

Cowicide
+2

I did some more research and you no longer need MacFUSE with Parallels 7. The only reason I still have MacFUSE is because it was installed with Parallels 6 (which does need it).

Would have been great if Parallels 7 had given the option to remove MacFUSE to help alleviate the confusion, but oh well.

Anyway, Parallels 7 has it's own built-in way to mount VM images now so you no longer need MacFUSE, etc. for Parallels.

Davidpabian
+0

Glad to hear it. I saw your earlier post on the MacFuse pane where you commented on the Parallels "support" so didn't do any research there myself. But I may remove it just to keep problematic Lion from any extras I don't absolutely need - I don't know of any other apps I have that need the Fuse. Thanks for the Parallels tip.

Germ65 Member IconReview+19
Germ65
+3

OK. How's this different from MacFUSE? Do we need both? Do we need to un-install MacFUSE????

Reply2 replies
Version 2.3.4
Negritude
+5

MacFUSE is no longer actively developed. Fuse4X and OSXFUSE are it's successors. You don't have to uninstall MacFUSE or switch to using this right now, rather, this is the future that you will eventually be using.

fleiben
+3

OSXFUSE fixes several bugs in MacFUSE. The latest version of MacFUSE (2.2.1) will eventually trigger a system crash under heavy load and does not allow you to drag files to MacFUSE volumes on Lion.

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Version 2.6.2
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Version 2.6.1
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Version 2.6.1
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Version 2.5.6
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