Shouldn't I be able to plug in a USB device into my raspberry pi and for it to automatically mount? I decided not to use the Desktop Enviornment of Raspbian. When I list the mounts in /mnt I don't see anything mounted? (or /media).

I would like to simply plug a usb or any external device and for it to mount to a folder automatically WITHOUT executing commands like mount or adding the mount to fstab.

Is this possible?

I would think it is seeing if I use a File Manager such as Nautilus in a Desktop Enviornment, that the shares mount automatically.

  • Yes? No? Did that help at all?
    – tink
    Mar 10, 2015 at 23:09

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Yes, this can be done. All you need to do is to record the UUID of the external device(s) and make a few adjustments to your system. One way of going about it is nicely described HERE

Replicating the steps here seems pointless as we don't know anything about the number of disks and in what way you plan to use them, or what file-systems are in use.

  • Ya that would work. Very similar to using fstab though... Mar 11, 2015 at 15:56
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    All you need to do is to record the UUID Oh yeah? Really? All you need ?? - Come on, would you dare tell this to your mother?? The question is about 'plug and play' and getting complicated hex number each time a new stick is inserted and then making 'a few adjustments to the system' is exactly the opposite.
    – TaW
    Oct 2, 2017 at 8:26
  • @TaW. I didn't make Raspbian. I just offered a workaround. Your comment has no value.
    – tink
    Oct 2, 2017 at 16:58
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    I just pointed out that your answer, although accepted, is factually wrong.
    – TaW
    Oct 2, 2017 at 17:16
  • link is dead so this doesn't answer the question anymore. Also, you'd need to know the UUID for each USB drive which isn't really plug and play.
    – rfii
    Apr 19, 2022 at 0:06

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