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Go native bindings for the FUSE kernel module.

You should import and use library. It follows the wire protocol closely, but provides convenient abstractions for building both node and path based file systems

Older, deprecated APIs are available at and

Comparison with other FUSE libraries

The FUSE library gained a new, cleaned-up API during a rewrite completed in 2019. Find extensive documentation here.

Further highlights of this library is

  • Comprehensive and up to date protocol support (up to 7.12.28).

  • Performance that is competitive with libfuse.


  • example/hello/main.go contains a 60-line "hello world" filesystem

  • zipfs/zipfs.go contains a small and simple read-only filesystem for zip and tar files. The corresponding command is in example/zipfs/ For example,

    mkdir /tmp/mountpoint
    example/zipfs/zipfs /tmp/mountpoint &
    ls /tmp/mountpoint
    fusermount -u /tmp/mountpoint
  • zipfs/multizipfs.go shows how to use in-process mounts to combine multiple Go-FUSE filesystems into a larger filesystem.

  • fuse/loopback.go mounts another piece of the filesystem. Functionally, it is similar to a symlink. A binary to run is in example/loopback/ . For example

    mkdir /tmp/mountpoint
    example/loopback/loopback -debug /tmp/mountpoint /some/other/directory &
    ls /tmp/mountpoint
    fusermount -u /tmp/mountpoint

macOS Support

go-fuse works somewhat on OSX. Known limitations:

  • All of the limitations of OSXFUSE, including lack of support for NOTIFY.

  • OSX issues STATFS calls continuously (leading to performance concerns).

  • OSX has trouble with concurrent reads from the FUSE device, leading to performance concerns.

  • Tests are expected to pass; report any failure as a bug!



Yes, probably. Report them through


This is not an official Google product.

Known Problems

Grep source code for TODO. Major topics:

  • Missing support for CUSE, BMAP, IOCTL


Like Go, this library is distributed under the new BSD license. See accompanying LICENSE file.

Appendix I. Go-FUSE log format

To increase signal/noise ratio Go-FUSE uses abbreviations in its debug log output. Here is how to read it:

  • iX means inode X;
  • gX means generation X;
  • tA and tE means timeout for attributes and directory entry correspondingly;
  • [<off> +<size>) means data range from <off> inclusive till <off>+<size> exclusive;
  • Xb means X bytes.

Every line is prefixed with either rx <unique> or tx <unique> to denote whether it was for kernel request, which Go-FUSE received, or reply, which Go-FUSE sent back to kernel.

Example debug log output:

rx 2: LOOKUP i1 [".wcfs"] 6b
tx 2:     OK, {i3 g2 tE=1s tA=1s {M040755 SZ=0 L=0 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:3 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}
rx 3: LOOKUP i3 ["zurl"] 5b
tx 3:     OK, {i4 g3 tE=1s tA=1s {M0100644 SZ=33 L=1 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:4 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}
rx 4: OPEN i4 {O_RDONLY,0x8000}
tx 4:     38=function not implemented, {Fh 0 }
rx 5: READ i4 {Fh 0 [0 +4096)  L 0 RDONLY,0x8000}
tx 5:     OK,  33b data "file:///"...
rx 6: GETATTR i4 {Fh 0}
tx 6:     OK, {tA=1s {M0100644 SZ=33 L=1 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:4 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}
rx 7: FLUSH i4 {Fh 0}
tx 7:     OK
rx 8: LOOKUP i1 ["head"] 5b
tx 8:     OK, {i5 g4 tE=1s tA=1s {M040755 SZ=0 L=0 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:5 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}
rx 9: LOOKUP i5 ["bigfile"] 8b
tx 9:     OK, {i6 g5 tE=1s tA=1s {M040755 SZ=0 L=0 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:6 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}
rx 10: FLUSH i4 {Fh 0}
tx 10:     OK
rx 11: GETATTR i1 {Fh 0}
tx 11:     OK, {tA=1s {M040755 SZ=0 L=1 1000:1000 B0*0 i0:1 A 0.000000 M 0.000000 C 0.000000}}

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