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How to mount NFS on CentOS 6

Want to mount NFS share on CentOS 6?

I hope you read and carefully followed my post on “How to configure NFS server in CentOS 6“. NFS is a server/client oriented protocol, which means that in order to share files and folders with your NFS clients you first need to configure NFS server! By successfully setting up and configuring your NFS server and exporting all of the NFS shares to your clients you are now ready to mount NFS shares on the client side.

Mount NFS
Mount NFS

Let’s start our How to mount NFS share on CentOS 6 guide!

1. Install required packages

First we need to install nfs-utils and it’s dependencies (nfs-utils and rpcbind must be installed, but DO NOT need to be started!).

[root@foo1 ~]# yum install nfs-utils -y

2. Create new directory

Next we must create or choose an existing NFS mount point (i am creating a new folder called /nfsmount).

[root@foo2 ~]# mkdir /nfsmount

3. Check for exports

Check for the NFS exports from your NFS server ( is the IP address of my NFS server) and choose the one you want (and have permissions) to mount.

[root@foo2 ~]# showmount -e
Export list for

4. Mount NFS share

syntax: mount NFSSERVERIP:/nfs/server/folder /nfs/client/folder

[root@foo2 ~]# mount /nfsmount/
[root@foo2 ~]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
13G  819M   12G   7% /
tmpfs                 376M     0  376M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1             485M   49M  411M  11% /boot   13G  777M   12G   7% /nfsmount


We see the NFS mount was successfull and NFS share is mounted. You can now add or remove data from the new mount point.

5. Add /etc/fstab entry

If you want your NFS mount point to auto mount on boot you need to add an entry to /etc/fstab.

syntax: NFSSERVERIP:/nfs/server/folder /nfs/client/folder nfs defaults 0 0

[root@foo2 ~]# echo " /nfsmount nfs defaults 0 0" >> /etc/fstab


Of course you can tweak NFS mount options as desired. Read more about this HERE.

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  • Pasquale Pellicani

    mount.nfs access denied by server whyle mounting :'( I’ve a NAS on OVH servers … any solution ? thanks

    • Mitch

      Hi Pasquale! Is the server where you are trying to mount the NFS alowed to mount it? You should check this on NAS server. Probably there is an access list or something similar. Regards, Mitch