OSMC KODI: Mount NFS using fstab

By | January 2, 2019

Why use /etc/fstab instead of Kodi’s built in NFS client? Using /etc/fstab is faster than Kodi’s own NFS client – it delivers better throughput and is more reliable (also than SMB mounting). Many performance issues, especially with high-bitrate content can be solved by using NFS shares and /etc/fstab. Additionally, it’s quite easy to set up.

You will need to know the following information
1.The IP address of the system where your media files are shared from. (in this tutorial, i will be using
2.The directory used by the NFS share on your NAS. Use the following command to find the correct export path for your NAS

showmount -e IP_of_your_NAS

3. Mount point in OSMC. (in this tutorial, i will be using /mnt/NFS_Share)

Edit your /etc/fstab file:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Go to the end of the file (use the down arrow key) and add this line: /mnt/NFS_Share    nfs     noauto,x-systemd.automount  0  0

Once done editing /etc/fstab, save the file and exit nano /etc/fstab with CTRL+X and Y for “yes”.

Now verify that there are no errors in your fstab file:

sudo mount -a

Once you get a prompt with no errors, you will need to reload systemd:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart remote-fs.target

At this point, your shares should just work. To test, simply try to go to the share:

cd /mnt/NFS_Share 

Source: https://discourse.osmc.tv/t/configuring-fstab-based-nfs-share-mounts/69953