Now, that windows 10 is out I started wondering about something. Unix based systems have the possibility to mount remote filesystems using ssh. In a recent article I've read that Windows 10 Has finally gotten itself ssh support.

I was wondering if the mounting option is also included in this SSH integration and if any of you could tell me more about this and how to use this feature.

Update - April 5, 2016

The Windows 10 Bash update (Linux subsystem) is now in Beta. I am wondering if the situation has changed. Can we now mount remote filesystems from Windows 10?

Update - August 5, 2016

The Windows 10 anniversary update has been released. Has anyone got any info about this question?

Update - October 10, 2016

A few more months have passed. Lots of visitors have viewed this question but no answer has come up. I am happily using win-sshfs but would really appreciate a windows native method to mount remote filesystems.

Update - November 14, 2017

The software has become a little more stable. More people have had a chance to experiment with it and a few Windows Updates have come and gone. Still, I haven't found a way to mount remote filesystems natively in Windows 10. Is there anyone that has?

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    You are still limited to the file systems Windows can recognize though.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 29, 2015 at 12:51
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    Actually SFTP wouldn't need you to understand the underlying file system - I've done something similar with third party tools. Its not at all different from how FTP would be treated in theory
    – Journeyman Geek
    Apr 23, 2016 at 13:45
  • [offtopic] The UNIXisation of Windows... The horrors!
    – user127350
    Apr 27, 2016 at 7:29
  • Is this different now that WSL supports FUSE?
    – endolith
    Jan 21, 2020 at 4:58

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SFTP Net Drive is a brilliant free solution. Some features are pro only but most features you could need for home/small business use are supported.

Perhaps off-topic: If the "remote" file system is local and is on Linux anyway, you can use Samba to mount Linux shares on Windows. Samba is very powerful and versatile but it is not too much of a hazzle to setup a few home shares.

My personal experience with Dokan based programs in Windows 10 is that they don't work at all (or won't install).

  • I would have rather not given you the bounty because you did not answer my question. But since there is no better alternative, I have no other choice.
    – Peter
    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:28
  • Thank you. I'm sorry to bring the sad news. Have been looking for a better alternative for quite some time myself. Perhaps it's not far away with bash coming to Windows and all Apr 30, 2016 at 1:26
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    update SFTP net drive link, free for personal usage. requires name/email
    – yoshco
    Oct 14, 2017 at 12:06

Sorry for writing this as an answer, but I have not reached 50 rep yet to comment. I have successfully mounted ssh filesystem on windows 8 using cygwin about a year ago and even doing the mount as a system service (was going crazy with windows 8 permissions in samba). So, as long as you have a good implementation of ssh (openssh?) on your system you should be able to mount a ssh filesystem..

However, Ican not research this, since I refuse to install win10 (I care about my integrity) and even thinking about abandoning Linux for BSD (pulse audio, systemd).

So, you could achive this with openssh in cygwin, using cygwin to set up a system service or you might research if there is a ssh client / server for the windows bash shell.

However, it looks like Microsoft is working on this.. Take a look at this blog post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2015/06/03/looking-forward-microsoft-support-for-secure-shell-ssh/

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    You're close to having the rep to comment, but posting commentary as an answer will attract downvotes that will reduce your rep.
    – fixer1234
    Apr 27, 2016 at 7:48
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    Might be so.however I think I provide useful information. Even if I'd prefer to do this as a comment I really felt I wanted to help. You might delete my comment if you find it inappropriate.
    – chico1976
    Apr 27, 2016 at 15:37

Win-sshfs is able to mount remote file systems using SSH on Windows. It is using Dokany that is fork of Dokan and also compatible with Windows 10. I am using it myself on windows 10.

  • This is the software I am using right now. I just hoped that windows 10 would get its own mount feature.
    – Peter
    May 3, 2016 at 6:08
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    Works in October 2017
    – viddik13
    Oct 18, 2017 at 12:44

I have been on the Windows Evaluation, and had not heard of that ability. Dokan is an option, but I have not tried it on Windows 10.



RaiDrive is a fantastic, free alternative that provides the same SFTP drive mounting functionality as SFTP Net Drive. I wanted to provide this as alternative because I have found small instabilities in SFTP Net Drive with my use over several years (even after the initial development phase). However, RaiDrive has been stable through multiple updates over the 6+ month period that I have used it.


I found a native work around for the missing sshfs. In my case I wanted to edit files for which normally I would use sshfs. I found a work around in the mean time using rsync incremental update and a few bash files. There's a full description of it here:


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