Dokan Library

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Dokan Library
Stable release / March 8, 2019; 4 months ago (2019-03-08)
Preview release
2.0.0-BETA1 / September 21, 2017; 22 months ago (2017-09-21)
Written inC, C++, C#, PowerShell, JavaScript
Operating systemWindows
PlatformIA-32, x64, Cygwin, MinGW
TypeVirtual file system, Fuse
LicenseLGPL and MIT

Dokan Library is a software interface for Windows that brings the ability to create a virtual file system. This is achieved by running file system code in user space while the Dokan kernel driver translates the request for Windows Kernel. It offers compatibility with the FUSE file system by using a wrapper that can be built with Cygwin and MinGW.

Dokan is free software originally released under the terms of the LGPL and MIT.


The Dokan Library project was originally created and maintained by Hiroki Asakawa from 2007 to 2011.

It has been maintained from 2011 to 2014 by the community with a different fork.

Since 2014, the project is actively maintained by Adrien J. and Maxime C. with the fork Dokany and code signed by the company ISLOG.


Dokan is particularly useful for writing to a Virtual File System without requiring Windows Kernel knowledge. It gives you the ability to mount a virtual hard drive that contains whatever the developer wants to show. It can be absolutely virtual using memory like a ram disk or it can show remote data like FTP, SSH, Samba, and databases as local storage that can be listed, read, written and deleted.

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Example uses[edit]

  • DokanCloudFS: Access to different cloud storage services as virtual driver (OneDrive, Google Drive, MEGA, ...).
  • Dokan SSHFS: SSH File System
  • MLVFS: Magic Lantern Video File System
  • Win-SSHFS: SSH with SSH.NET File System
  • encfs4win: Encryption File System
  • Opendedup CDFS: Deduplication Based File System
  • Dokan NFC: RFID / NFC File System
  • vramfs on Windows: VRAMFS on Windows - Create a file system in VRAM
  • kbfs: Keybase Filesystem (KBFS), a distributed filesystem with end-to-end encryption and a global namespace.