Mounting as a volume

It is possible to mount your slot as a remote volume for file management in the same program you use for managing them on your local system. The advantage of this approach over other methods is that your /home folder on the server will be mounted as a local volume or share.



  1. Install Dokan Library
  2. Install win-sshfs.
  3. Input for Host, 22 for the Port, user for User, select the button next to Password, and input your password.
  4. Change Directory to read /home/user/ and select a drive letter that is not currently used by your computer.
  5. Type in a name for your settings at the top and click Save to use your settings later.
  6. Click Mount and the drive will appear on your computer. Right-click on the tray icon to disconnect.

Note: Windows 8 or 8.1 will need to run the Dokan library installer in Windows 7 Compatibility mode.

Mac OS X


With the Finder focused, open Connect to Server... from the Go menu. Type in and hit Connect. Entering your whatbox username and password will then allow you read-only access to your files through Finder. You will still need to use third-party FTP/SFTP/SSHFS software to mount your slot to a read-write volume.


  1. Install FUSE for OS X. Check "MacFUSE Compatibility Layer" in the installer when installing.
  2. Install XQuartz. This is required for 10.8 and higher.
  3. Download Macfusion and copy it to the /Applications folder
  4. Open Macfusion and click on + to add an SSHFS connection
  5. Input for Host, user for User Name, and input your password
  6. Click on the Macfusion tab and set a mount point (for example, /Volumes/whatbox) and a volume name
  7. If everything went correctly the volume should be visible on either the desktop and/or in the sidebar (make sure to toggle "Connected servers" in the Finder preferences window)



From the menu in Nautilus, open Connect to Server... from the File menu. Type in for the Server: and select either FTP (with login) or SSH. Entering your Whatbox username and password will then allow you to manage your files using Nautilus.


  1. Install FUSE and sshfs through your distribution's package manager. On distributions based on Debian like Ubuntu/Kubuntu, open a terminal window and type sudo apt-get install sshfs
  2. Add yourself to the fuse user group, if it exists. sudo gpasswd -a $USER fuse
  3. If you had to re-add yourself to the fuse user group, log out and log back in.
  4. Create a local mountpoint: mkdir ~/whatbox
  5. Mount: sshfs -o idmap=user ~/whatbox
  6. Remote files will now be accessible through a file browser and applications in ~/whatbox
  7. You're probably going to want this to run every time you boot. You can only do so if you automatically log in via public key authentication. See here or here. Here is an init script for Ubuntu, place it in /etc/init as whatbox.conf. Search Google for how to make startup scripts for other distros if your distro doesn't use Upstart.


FTP has often better performance than SSH, so if SSHFS does not work for you, try CurlFtpFS.
Follow this guide.