MacFusion on OS X Lion

It looks like the “latest” version of MacFusion and MacFUSE (sarcasm quotes because neither have been updated in a very long time) doesn’t work with OS X Lion 64-bit—at least it didn’t for me. I kept seeing this error in /var/log/system.log:

macfusionAgent[849]: dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libfuse.0.dylib
Referenced from: /Applications/Utilities/

Yeah, that’s because /usr/local/lib/libfuse.0.dylib doesn’t exist. This site pointed me in the right direction, though. Install this version of MacFUSE and all will be well:

Any superior alternatives to MacFusion someone can point me to?

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  1. >Any superior alternatives to MacFusion someone can point me to?

    I would also like to know the answer to that question.

  2. MacFUSE has been replaced by OSXfuse, Works well on Lion including in 64 bit mode.

    MacFUSION works with the new FUSE, but has not yet been updated.

  3. MacFusion does not work with OSXFuse. It gives the same error that it did when I tried to run it with MACFuse:

    (SSHServerFS, toolbox, 5/25/12 10:28 AM) dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libfuse.0.dylib
    Referenced from: /Users/dschulze/Downloads/
    Reason: image not found

    It’s still looking for a library that doesn’t exist.

  4. Thank You! it worked for me.

  5. I had this issue but I have OSXFuse (, all I had to do though was

    ln -s /usr/local/lib/libosxfuse.dylib /usr/local/lib/libfuse.0.dylib

    And MacFusion was once again working (although there seems to be some kind of issue with password authentication, but it doesn’t bother me since I use pubkey).

    • Upon closer inspection, it appears the plugin version of SSHFS in MacFusion is not compatible w/ OSXFuse’s version.

      If I ever get any free time I might fork and try to get it working w/ newer SSHFS since MacFusion seems to have died, which sucks because it’s awesome.

  6. I think many people would appreciate this. For me, it works for reading all files, but I get some strange permissions issues. Files I have read/write access to that I can rename/delete from the filesystem I can’t change through MacFusion’s SSH mount. Ideas on the first steps of troubleshooting?

  7. For those who are still searching for OSX 10.8 MacFusion compatibility…

    MacFusion2 has been forked and expanded upon. There is now a 2.0.5 version, and Patrick Robertson was nice enough to compile the latest version (for some reason the new developers did not compile any builds).

    Download the 2.0.5 version from the following link, and as long as you installed OSXFuse with the “compatibility mode” checkbox ticked during the installation process, this MacFusion version has not shown any issues in working with OSX 10.7.x – 10.8.x.

    Download from Github:

    Patrick’s Blog page explaining the new 64-bit version:

    Good luck!

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