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NTFS-3G for Mac OS X is a software project designed to bring NTFS read/write support to Mac OS X along with additional advanced features.

It is based on NTFS-3G, the leading open source NTFS driver that is ported into numerous platforms, but also includes other software projects to build a complete toolset for managing NTFS volumes.

NTFS-3G itself is included in hundreds of Linux distributions; for example Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu use NTFS-3G as the default NTFS driver. Development has been ongoing since 2006.

What's New

Version 2010.10.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later (the purely 64-bit kernel used by Xserves running Mac OS X 10.6 is not supported)

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CraigC5591 Member IconReview+0
CraigC5591
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If you are using this, Boot Camp boot volume does not show up in the Startup Disk control panel. You can still use Boot Champ or QuickBoot to get around this, but it is a big problem. You can still use the Boot Camp control panel under Windows to return to booting OSX though. I am still getting spurious timeout errors under OS X Mavericks 10.9.2, same as NTFS-3G driver.

If everything worked seemlessly, this would get a 5-star rating from me. As it stands, I can give it a solid 4 stars.

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Version 2010.10.2
CraigC5591
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Sorry, this is a review for TuxeraNTFS. Please remove this review.

kohly Member IconReview-5
kohly
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It corrupted my external drive and changed permissions so I couldn't even access the drive

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Version 2010.10.2
Carmine.d
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The same happened with my external HDD 2 months ago, that's NOT reliable app at all! After the crash I bought Paragon NTFS for Mac, 2 months works well and even writes files faster. I won't use any free solutions anymore, there are no guaranties of my files sefety!

TheCellar Member IconReview+0
TheCellar
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I was excited to use this app as I have an NTFS drive that won't mount on a PC but mounts just fine to a MAC. I need read/write permissions, though. It is 1TB, USB 3.0. As soon as I installed this driver and restarted the Mac, I was informed that the drive was not unmounted properly and had to have ChkDsk run on it with a PC. Did I do something wrong?

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Version 2010.10.2
JordiMontana4740
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I had the same issue. In my case was caused by removing the drive without clicking on "safely remove hardware" on Windows.

If you amount correctly from Windows you shouldn't have that problem.

Negritude Member IconComment+1081
Negritude
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FYI, a recent note (July 24, 2011) from the developer's blog:

"Ladies and gentlemen, NTFS-3G will be updated for Lion eventually, but I cannot give you an ETA right now as I have much more urgent work."

Basically, work on commercial software is taking all the developer's time right now, so NTFS-3G has been placed on the back burner.

If you're desperate and can live without the preference pane, MacPorts has the very latest 2011.4.12 version for easy installation.

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Version 2010.10.2
Myschizobuddy
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how do you run it once it's installed with macports

sirshanksalot
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You can install the latest 2012 version (and keep it up to date) through HomeBrew apt-get style package manager for Mac. Check it out here: http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/ Not necessarily for the faint of heart.

JordiMontana4740
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You can use the latest 2012 version. It worked perfect on my Lion.

Please, check this if you need more details:

http://jordi-montana.blogspot.com.es/2013/05/how-to-write-to-ntfs-volume-windows.html

Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
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Please add Sparkle support! ;-)

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Version 2011.1.15
Negritude Member IconComment+1081
Negritude
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NTFS-3G 2011.1.15 is now available via MacPorts, so if you don't want to wait until they release a new binary install package, you can compile it the easy way from there.

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Version 2011.1.15
Myschizobuddy
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when you install from macports it doesn't install the reference pane.

JordiMontana4740
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Myschizobuddy: here you will find the preference pane also:

http://jordi-montana.blogspot.com.es/2013/05/how-to-write-to-ntfs-volume-windows.html

dingle777 Member IconReview+2
dingle777
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1. Proper link = http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/
2. Scroll down to NTFS-3G for Mac OS X 2010.10.2 blog entry (NOT the pay Tuxera NTFS)
3. Download

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Version 2011.1.15
Negritude
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2010.10.2 is the OLD version. The new version, 2011.1.15, hasn't been made available in a pre-compiled binary, and isn't yet available via MacPorts. THAT is what people are upset about. MacUpdate should have waited until the binary was available, before updating the listing.

Frieddylan Member IconReview+45
Frieddylan
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Works well enough is this is all you have to write to NTFS with however as noted by Devs, the USB transfer can suffer when slower devices are connected. My addition to this claim is, "or not" This is a much slower write speed to any NTFS volume be it a high speed USB thumb drive or a USB 2.0+ external. Buut, what are you going to do about it.. Good product, but the 'free' version is trivially limited.

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Version 2011.1.15
Abugirges
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I think it is quite misleading that this sw is for free. At least I have no idea where to get it from. When I go to the devs site it connects me to another and here I can only find a time limited demo.

Can someone post proper links?

Many thanks!

Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
+10

This download link is source code, NOT a compiled binary.

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Version 2011.1.15
cottinghamk
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It's also 862 _KB_, not MB. Kiiiiind of a big difference.

JordL22 Member IconReview+6
JordL22
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Works really well. Just wish I could use a 64-bit kernel.

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Version 2011.1.15
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Version 2010.10.2
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Version 2010.10.2
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Version 2010.10.2
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Version 2011.1.15
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Version 2010.10.2
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Downloads 615,527
Version Downloads 412,369
Type Drivers / Storage
License Free
Date 23 Jan 2011
Platform OS X
Price Free