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Archive-related Filesystems using FUSE.

If you find outdated information, feel free to correct it.


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fusepak - Support for PACK and WAD files

Author: Janusz Dziemidowicz <rraptorr@nails.eu.org>

Homepage: http://fusepak.sourceforge.net


Fusepak allows mounting PACK and WAD files (used by many games based on idSoftware engine, ie. Quake, Doom, Half-Life).


Author: Kent Gustavsson / nedo80 at gmail com

Homepage: http://rarfs.sourceforge.net/


Uses fuse to mount a rar archive that has NOT been compressed


Author: Erik Larsson

Homepage: http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/jlrarx.html#rarfs


Uses fuse to mount a rar archive that has NOT been compressed


Author: Jochen Hepp / jochen dot hepp at gmx dot de

Homepage: http://www.nongnu.org/unpackfs/


A filesystem for transparent unpacking of archives. It shows the content of archives right beside them in the filesystem hierarchy. Supported archive types are: ace, ar, arj, bzip2, cab, compress, cpio, deb, exe-sfx-ace, exe-sfx-rar, exe-sfx-zip, gzip, lha, lzop, mac, openoffice-zip, ppmd, rar, share, tar, tnef, uudecode, zip, zoo. All existing and any new archiv type are configured in a plain text file.


Author: Jon Dowland / jon at alcopop.org

Homepage: http://alcopop.org/games/doom#code


A very simple implementation of doom-style WAD files as a FUSE filesystem. Currently read-only. You may be more interested in fusepak, above.

avfs - mount archive and compressed files, and access remote files

Author: Miklos Szeredi / mszeredi at inf.bme.hu

Author: Ralf Hoffmann / ralf at boomerangsworld.de

Homepage: http://avf.sourceforge.net/


AVFS is a system, which enables all programs to look inside archived or compressed files, or access remote files without recompiling the programs or changing the kernel. At the moment it supports floppies, tar and gzip files, zip, bzip2, ar and rar files, ftp sessions, http, webdav, rsh/rcp, ssh/scp. Quite a few other handlers are implemented with the Midnight Commander's external FS.


Author: Marcos Diez / marcos at unitron.com.br

Homepage: http://fusenrg.sourceforge.net/


Converts Ahead (R) Nero(R) .NRG CD/DVD files to .ISO on the fly FuseNRG allows you to mount Ahead Nero(R) NRG files on your Unix system with FUSE. On the mounted directory, there will be an ISO file, equivalent to the original NRG file. Such ISO file can be mounted with fuseiso or burned to a CD with cdrecord or even Ahead Nero(R) itself.


Author: Kyle Sallee / kyle.sallee at gmail.com

Homepage: http://fuse.gunzip.silverice.org/


fuse.gunzip provides transparent decompression of gzip compressed files. Files read as if they were not compressed.

archivemount - mount archives (tar, cpio, ...)

Author: Andre Landwehr (andrel at cybernoia de)

Download: http://www.cybernoia.de/software/archivemount/archivemount-0.8.1.tar.gz

..or get the source: git clone http://www.cybernoia.de/software/archivemount/git archivemount


Gateway between FUSE and libarchive. Allows mounting of cpio, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 archives. Reading and writing supported. Supports all formats libarchive supports. Current status: This software has been around for quite some time but is far from bug free; feel free to report and/or fix bugs...

fuse-zip - A FUSE file system to navigate, extract, create and modify ZIP archives based in libzip implemented in C++

Author: Alexander Galanin <gaa.nnov AT mail.ru>

Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/fuse-zip/


With fuse-zip you really can work with ZIP archives as real directories. Unlike KIO or Gnome VFS, it can be used in any application without modifications. Unlike other FUSE filesystems, only fuse-zip provides write support to ZIP archives. Also, fuse-zip is faster that all known implementations on large archives with many files.

rar2fs - FUSE file system for reading RAR archives

Author: Hans Beckerus <hans.beckerus "AT" gmail.com>

Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/rar2fs/


rar2fs is a FUSE/MacFUSE based file system that can mount a source RAR archive/volume or a directory containing any number of RAR archives and access (read only) the contents as plain files/directories. Other files located in the source directory are handled transparently. Both compressed and non-compressed archives/volumes are supported but full media seek support (aka. indexing) is only available for non-compressed plaintext archives. Verified to work on Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X.

Time Machine File System

Author: Babali

Homepage: https://github.com/abique/tmfs

Description: Access Apple Time Machine backups

Time Machine File System is a read-only virtual filesystem which helps you to read your Apple's time machine backup.

This filesystem does not targets performances, it has been written for a friend who has lost its macbook and wants to recover its data on Linux. It's actually not perfect, feel free to report bugs or suggestions at https://github.com/babali/tmfs/issues

(fusecloop is moved to CompressedFileSystems#fusecloop)

Tar pipe FS

Author: Vitaly "_Vi" Shukela

Homepage: https://github.com/vi/tarpipefs

Description: Generate tar archives to pipe by writing to special write-only FS.

TarPipeFS is write-only filesystem that writes tar archive to stdout based on what you create there. It remembers only one current file. Using this you can simplify tar.gz generation, avoiding to store files on normal filesystem first. "tarpipefs mountpoint | gzip > somthing.tar.gz";

The implementation is hacky. Patches and pull requests are welcome.


Author: Tor Arne Vestbø

Homepage: https://github.com/torarnv/sparsebundlefs

Description: FUSE filesystem for reading Mac OS sparse-bundle disk images.

This software package implements a FUSE virtual filesystem for read-only access to the sparse-bundle, as if it was a single monolithic image.

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