borg mount

borg [common options] mount [options] REPOSITORY_OR_ARCHIVE MOUNTPOINT [PATH...]
positional arguments
  REPOSITORY_OR_ARCHIVE repository or archive to mount
  MOUNTPOINT where to mount filesystem
  PATH paths to extract; patterns are supported
optional arguments
  --consider-checkpoints Show checkpoint archives in the repository contents list (default: hidden).
  -f, --foreground stay in foreground, do not daemonize
  -o Extra mount options
  --numeric-owner deprecated, use --numeric-ids instead
  --numeric-ids use numeric user and group identifiers from archive(s)

Common options

Archive filters — Archive filters can be applied to repository targets.
  -P PREFIX, --prefix PREFIX only consider archive names starting with this prefix.
  -a GLOB, --glob-archives GLOB only consider archive names matching the glob. sh: rules apply, see “borg help patterns”. --prefix and --glob-archives are mutually exclusive.
  --sort-by KEYS Comma-separated list of sorting keys; valid keys are: timestamp, name, id; default is: timestamp
  --first N consider first N archives after other filters were applied
  --last N consider last N archives after other filters were applied
Exclusion options
  -e PATTERN, --exclude PATTERN exclude paths matching PATTERN
  --exclude-from EXCLUDEFILE read exclude patterns from EXCLUDEFILE, one per line
  --pattern PATTERN include/exclude paths matching PATTERN
  --patterns-from PATTERNFILE read include/exclude patterns from PATTERNFILE, one per line
  --strip-components NUMBER Remove the specified number of leading path elements. Paths with fewer elements will be silently skipped.


This command mounts an archive as a FUSE filesystem. This can be useful for browsing an archive or restoring individual files. Unless the --foreground option is given the command will run in the background until the filesystem is umounted.

The command borgfs provides a wrapper for borg mount. This can also be used in fstab entries: /path/to/repo /mnt/point fuse.borgfs defaults,noauto 0 0

To allow a regular user to use fstab entries, add the user option: /path/to/repo /mnt/point fuse.borgfs defaults,noauto,user 0 0

For FUSE configuration and mount options, see the mount.fuse(8) manual page.

Borg’s default behavior is to use the archived user and group names of each file and map them to the system’s respective user and group ids. Alternatively, using numeric-ids will instead use the archived user and group ids without any mapping.

The uid and gid mount options (implemented by Borg) can be used to override the user and group ids of all files (i.e., borg mount -o uid=1000,gid=1000).

The man page references user_id and group_id mount options (implemented by fuse) which specify the user and group id of the mount owner (aka, the user who does the mounting). It is set automatically by libfuse (or the filesystem if libfuse is not used). However, you should not specify these manually. Unlike the uid and gid mount options which affect all files, user_id and group_id affect the user and group id of the mounted (base) directory.

Additional mount options supported by borg:

  • versions: when used with a repository mount, this gives a merged, versioned view of the files in the archives. EXPERIMENTAL, layout may change in future.
  • allow_damaged_files: by default damaged files (where missing chunks were replaced with runs of zeros by borg check --repair) are not readable and return EIO (I/O error). Set this option to read such files.
  • ignore_permissions: for security reasons the “default_permissions” mount option is internally enforced by borg. “ignore_permissions” can be given to not enforce “default_permissions”.

The BORG_MOUNT_DATA_CACHE_ENTRIES environment variable is meant for advanced users to tweak the performance. It sets the number of cached data chunks; additional memory usage can be up to ~8 MiB times this number. The default is the number of CPU cores.

When the daemonized process receives a signal or crashes, it does not unmount. Unmounting in these cases could cause an active rsync or similar process to unintentionally delete data.

When running in the foreground ^C/SIGINT unmounts cleanly, but other signals or crashes do not.

borg umount

borg [common options] umount [options] MOUNTPOINT
positional arguments
  MOUNTPOINT mountpoint of the filesystem to umount

Common options


This command un-mounts a FUSE filesystem that was mounted with borg mount.

This is a convenience wrapper that just calls the platform-specific shell command - usually this is either umount or fusermount -u.


# Mounting the repository shows all archives.
# Archives are loaded lazily, expect some delay when navigating to an archive
# for the first time.
$ borg mount /path/to/repo /tmp/mymountpoint
$ ls /tmp/mymountpoint
root-2016-02-14 root-2016-02-15
$ borg umount /tmp/mymountpoint

# Mounting a specific archive is possible as well.
$ borg mount /path/to/repo::root-2016-02-15 /tmp/mymountpoint
$ ls /tmp/mymountpoint
bin  boot  etc      home  lib  lib64  lost+found  media  mnt  opt
root  sbin  srv  tmp  usr  var
$ borg umount /tmp/mymountpoint

# The "versions view" merges all archives in the repository
# and provides a versioned view on files.
$ borg mount -o versions /path/to/repo /tmp/mymountpoint
$ ls -l /tmp/mymountpoint/home/user/doc.txt/
total 24
-rw-rw-r-- 1 user group 12357 Aug 26 21:19 doc.cda00bc9.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 user group 12204 Aug 26 21:04 doc.fa760f28.txt
$ borg umount /tmp/mymountpoint

# Archive filters are supported.
# These are especially handy for the "versions view",
# which does not support lazy processing of archives.
$ borg mount -o versions --glob-archives '*-my-home' --last 10 /path/to/repo /tmp/mymountpoint

# Exclusion options are supported.
# These can speed up mounting and lower memory needs significantly.
$ borg mount /path/to/repo /tmp/mymountpoint only/that/path
$ borg mount --exclude '...' /path/to/repo /tmp/mymountpoint


$ echo '/mnt/backup /tmp/myrepo fuse.borgfs defaults,noauto 0 0' >> /etc/fstab
$ echo '/mnt/backup::root-2016-02-15 /tmp/myarchive fuse.borgfs defaults,noauto 0 0' >> /etc/fstab
$ mount /tmp/myrepo
$ mount /tmp/myarchive
$ ls /tmp/myrepo
root-2016-02-01 root-2016-02-2015
$ ls /tmp/myarchive
bin  boot  etc      home  lib  lib64  lost+found  media  mnt  opt  root  sbin  srv  tmp  usr  var


borgfs will be automatically provided if you used a distribution package, pip or to install Borg. Users of the standalone binary will have to manually create a symlink (see Standalone Binary).