NTFS-3G
NTFS-3G
2017.3.23

3.5

NTFS-3G free download for Mac

NTFS-3G2017.3.23

29 June 2017

Read-write NTFS filesystem driver.

Overview

NTFS-3G for OS X is a software project designed to bring NTFS read/write support to the Mac platform, along with additional advanced features. It is based on NTFS-3G, the leading open source NTFS driver that is ported to 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 in NTFS-3G

Version 2017.3.23:
  • Delegated processing of special reparse points to external plugins
  • Allowed kernel cacheing by lowntfs-3g when not using Posix ACLs
  • Enabled fallback to read-only mount when the volume is hibernated
  • Made a full check for whether an extended attribute is allowed
  • Moved secaudit and usermap to ntfsprogs (now ntfssecaudit and ntfsusermap)
  • Enabled encoding broken UTF-16 into broken UTF-8
  • Autoconfigured selecting vs
  • Allowed using the full library API on systems without extended attributes support
  • Fixed DISABLE_PLUGINS as the condition for not using plugins
  • Corrected validation of multi sector transfer protected records
  • Denied creating/removing files from $Extend
  • Returned the size of locale encoded target as the size of symlinks

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46 Reviews of NTFS-3G

Libertyforall1776
24 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15

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This download link is source code, NOT a compiled binary.
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Derekcurrie
26 November 2018
Version: 2017.3.23
NTFS-3G is an open source project. As such, it is free to use. HOWEVER: What you download is the source code. Therefore, you're going to have to know how to compile the code yourself and have the tools to do it, specifically Apple's Xcode. If you'd rather have a ready to use installer version, then what you want is Tuxera NTFS, $17.52 plus tax. It's the same thing and supports the open source project with your payment. It has a 15 day trial.
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SMcCandlish
14 November 2015
Version: 2015.3.14
Previously awesome, but this (ver. 2015.3.14) source tarball was not makeable in Mavericks for me, even after using MacPorts to install the missing library it complained about (the libintl module). It's better to just install NTFS-3G itself with either MacPorts or Homebrew (maybe even Fink, I haven't checked.) If you do it the MacPorts way, it will even point you, at the end of the install, to a minute-long process for replacing the stock /sbin/mount_ntfs so it works seamlessly in the Finder. If you want a prefpane, you need Tuxera NTFS which isn't free, but won't break the bank, either. I prefer that one, since you get some options that are easy to configure.
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Jpschuck
31 October 2015
Version: 2015.3.14
Main download button is linking to a tar.gz source archive, a precompiled binary. Completely useless for your average Mac user. Anyway, It should also be mentioned in "requirements" that NTFS-3g requires OSXFUSE to be installed.
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super-titing
28 October 2015
Version: 2015.3.14
Works! It just works! So thankful for the devs.
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CraigC5591
17 April 2014
Version: 2010.10.2
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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TheCellar
28 June 2012
Version: 2010.10.2
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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SickTeddyBear
28 July 2011
Version: 2010.10.2
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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Libertyforall1776
11 February 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
Please add Sparkle support! ;-)
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SickTeddyBear
26 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
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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dingle777
24 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
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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Frieddylan
24 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
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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Libertyforall1776
24 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
This download link is source code, NOT a compiled binary.
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JordL22
24 January 2011
Version: 2011.1.15
Works really well. Just wish I could use a 64-bit kernel.
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Fabro
29 December 2010
Version: 2010.10.2
Don't know why, but the download link points just to the source files (which I failed to compile on my iMac running 10.6.5 because configure complains that "pkg-config wasn't found"). A link to the dmg file containing the installer would be much more useful, here it is for the actual version: http://sourceforge.net/projects/catacombae/files/NTFS-3G%20for%20Mac%20OS%20X/2010.10.2/ntfs-3g-2010.10.2-macosx.dmg/download
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Jon-Breen
09 December 2010
Version: 2010.10.2
It just works !
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arocha-mo
03 December 2010
Version: 2010.10.2
Great tools to work with NTFS drive. Works flawlessly with great performance.
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Schala
17 November 2010
Version: 2010.10.2
NTFS-3G's latest version seems to have a bad side effect for FAT32 drives. Ever since installing NTFS-3G, and even after uninstalling after reading that others had the same problem with this, moving certain files on to my FAT32 drives complains that the file(s) already exist on it, even when I repartition the drive from scratch! I'm trying to go through every cache and settings file to see if NTFS-3G tainted something but I see nothing abnormal. I feel rather frustrated about the likely possibility I might need to reinstall OS X to get rid of whatever anomaly 2010-10-02 left behind.
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Djefis
22 August 2010
Version: 2010.5.22
This software works fine now. Good, especially when you eject the external drive in NTFS format!
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Fhall1
21 January 2010
Version: 2010.1.16
Installed this latest version (was running (I think) 0.9.6 previously)...hosed various items. iTunes (library stored on NAS) wouldn't open. Icon would bounce, nothing showed on screen - force quit and it would say iTunes not responding. Bootcamp volume appeared on OS X desktop - never did before. Firefox wouldn't close properly. Rebooted twice with no change. Finally restored from time machine backup to previous version and everything's back to normal.
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Mlbkxbx
20 January 2010
Version: 2010.1.16
Flawless operation for me too. I'm thinking of buying the tuxera NTFS driver for that little bit extra performance. However, for now i'm completely satisfied. Well, to be honest, a command line chkdsk utility would be pretty awsome. Anyways, thanks Tuxera :)
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Enteptain
07 December 2009
Version: 2009.11.14
i installed this and it always accesses my ntfs hdd. on a very clicking type interval, only when I'm not reading or writing on it. very bad click sound. doesn't do it on my windows computer. also it never lets it go to sleep mode, is it defragging?
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Pirx
04 December 2009
Version: 2009.11.14
It is hard to put down here why, it is just awesome and works like a charm for me.
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Libertyforall1776
03 December 2009
Version: 2009.11.14
Still no 64-bit kernel support... :-(
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Doug-S-
29 August 2009
Version: 2009.4.4
You can no longer format a Boot Camp partition to NTFS with version 4.4 in Snow Leopard (10.6) with Disk Utility. Not sure why, looking into it more.
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Matoo
20 April 2009
Version: 2009.4.4
I installed the latest NTFS-3G 2009.4.4 and immediately one partition of my external HD connected to my Aiport Extreme (formatted with Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) disappeared. Upon connecting the HD directly to my MBP and running Disk Utility, I found these errors: Invalid node structure Invalid B-tree node size Volume check failed. Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed. What is going on here and how can I fix it??? I should note that I've already uninstalled NTFS-3G but the problem persists. I should also note that it's not a physical problem with external HD, since 2 other partitions on the disk (one in FAT32 and the other also Mac OS Extended Journaled) are fine.
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Gynny
16 February 2009
Version: 2009.2.1u1
Works perfectly with my MacBookPro (10.5.6) and my old PPC (Dual G5 also with 10.5.6). As Ronald Price writes: be a little patient during mounting and unmounting. Sometimes I have to unmount twice because the finder says the drive would be still in use. (I don't know whether this is caused by NTFS-3G or the finder. This occurres also with fire wire drives.) The velocity during writing is o.k. (Seems to me as having increased since the last version?) Reading is more than fast enough for directly playing mpg files with vlc or quicktime! Thanks to all developers!
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Ronald-Price
15 February 2009
Version: 2009.2.1u1
Functionally this build of NTFS-3G does all I need. I tried both the stable and ulibio versions and both allow me to mount ntfs volumes as read/write. I was able to copy files from my Sawtooth G4 to all 3 ntfs drives I tried and read and delete them when I connected the drives to my Vista 64 bit system and vice-versa. While it does work it takes a while to mount ntfs volumes - an 8GB thumb drive took 8-10 seconds while a 1TB USB hard drive took 30-45 seconds. A 27GB USB HD was somewhere in the middle. Not a major problem but something to be aware of - if you are trying to use a large ntfs volume don't assume there is something wrong just because it doesn't mount immediately. Another time/nuisance eliminating tip - when un-mounting volumes from the Windows system try to remember to use the Windows "Remove Safely" command, rather then just unplugging the drive. This will save the hassle of having to deal with the warning and "Force/Abort" dialog from NTFS-3G. So pretty much just deal with removable drives on Windows as we already deal with them on the Mac and things will work a little smoother.
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Lorre
15 February 2009
Version: 2009.2.1u1
After updating to the latest version, my external NTFS-drive no longer mount using the NTFS-3G driver, but with the standard NTFS driver! I used the ublio build... any help would be appreciated! NTFS-3G is still available from the formatting options for drives in Disk Utility...
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Gmax
29 January 2009
Version: 2009.1.1
NTFS-3G is incredibly unreliable when it comes to writing to data to NTFS volumes. The nags and convoluted process of mounting "unverified" NTFS drives is also frustrating. Paragon's NTFS for OS X is a much more dependable (though not free) solution for those who take NTFS compatibility seriously. Not worth it for a free extension.
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Markoh
10 December 2008
Version: 1.5130u1
I tried NTFS-3G about a year ago and it's a nice thingy for it to be free but I ended up splashing out $39 for NTFS for Mac OS X 6.5.x which is more stable and copies files a lot faster to my external NTFS-Formatted HDD.
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Ugeorge
10 December 2008
Version: 1.5130u1
This should be a bugfix mainly for Tiger, but it requires MacFuse 2 which is not available for Tiger ... is here anything I'm missing ?
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Meego
08 December 2008
Version: 1.5130
Still great and working like a charm.
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Macmat
15 October 2008
Version: 1.5012
Installed MacFuse 1.7 & NTFS-3G 1.5012 today 08/10/15 but external ntfs volume doesn´t mount. Shows up in Disc Utility with most options shadowed. How do I get this to work without reformatting etc. Mac Mini running 10.5.5
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GrenadeBait
20 September 2008
Version: 1.2918
It takes a long time to copy files in all the versions. About twice as long for large monolithic files and even more time if its a folder with lots of smaller files. Its probably because this is an implementation of an older NT version. The current NTFS 6 version is a pretty good with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a modern file system (to bad WinFS), but I doubt the NTFS-3G dev could get to that NTFS 6 level without grief from M$. Anyway, The site is not informative enough and says it allows you to use 4G+ USB sticks. Big deal...FAT32 will do it and you will get decent performance. The issue is really,,,really large files...say you want to save a big 7GB ISO of a movie/game/etc....You need Apple's HFS or you have to use NTFS...If you go the NTFS route be prepared for long file transfer times and some occasional stability issues. For me it is worth it because I have several external FW and USB drives that contain common data and must be accessed from both Mac and Win depending on the situation. I like the idea of this driver but there are some pitfalls...be prepared to accept lower speed and occasional weirdness.
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Mbarsoom
21 August 2008
Version: 1.2812
I have formatted several drives with Disk Utility on 10.5 as NTFS and they are useable on the mac (read and write and disk utility reports that it is NTFS) but on a windows machine the filesystem cannot be read at all. In order to view them in Windows XP I have to reformat the drive on the windows box as NTFS and then the drive is usable in both Mac and Windows.
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Ceiling-Cat
16 July 2008
Version: 1.2712
You don't need NTFS for memory sticks bigger than 4gb, you only need to use FAT32! Still, being able to access Boot Camp partitions larger than 32GB could be really handy...
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M-Rick
15 July 2008
Version: 1.2712
Am i supposed to be able to format a drive in NTFS from DiskUtility ? Because i don't see NTFS available from the files systems in the list. And fuse is working since i am using with MacFusion. MacBook Pro 10.4.11
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Someonenew
15 July 2008
Version: 1.2712
The fact that you can write to NTFS is bloody brilliant. This is far more than the description on this site, which only states that it enables you to write files larger than 4GB. There's only one disadvantage to me: Shutting down OSX takes a long time with the driver active. I do this regularly to reboot to WinXP, so this is a bit of a nuisance. Otherwise very nice!
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Xypher
07 May 2008
Version: 1.2506
What are the advantages of Paragon compared to this?
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Neonblue2
04 January 2008
Version: 1.1120
I used to have this installed back when I had Tiger but never reinstalled it when I upgraded to Leopard. Well today a mate of mine came around with his virus ridden portable HDD, formatted as NTFS, that he wanted me to scan. After I installed NTFS-3G I could no longer mount the drive. I knew you need to unmount on Windows correctly (a hassle) for it to work but what about the viruses? We did it anyway and now I have full write access. Currently scanning with ClamXav and have so far seen one over sized ZIP file. There are more here somewhere. I wish there was, perhaps, a visual interface like a Preference Pane so I could easily turn NTFS-3G off and on easily without having to fire up the COMMAND file. Not being able to mount some drives because they were unmounted incorrectly can be annoying.
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Nontroppo
12 October 2007
Version: 1.1004u2
Fantastic, I've had no problems and being able to write, while not blazing fast, it better than going over the network as I had to do before. Thank you for such a simple package, and to the NTFS and Macfuse teams.
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Tirasus
30 May 2007
Version: 1.516
Works well (I use it to write to my windows partition). seems to leave extra files lurking around such as visible ds_stores and ._ duplicates occassionally when booting into xp, but that is very minor and easy to deal with. Is there any way to rename the mounted volume now on my desktop ('disk0s3' - made to write to the partition)? It's again very minor, as I had 'Untitled' originally anyway, but it would be nice.
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Nannassy
25 May 2007
Version: 1.516
Can this program enable Mac users to read and write to NTFS drives and partitions as well as memory sticks?
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Imre-Fazekas
15 May 2007
Version: 1.417r4
it's working! i had to connect my drives through usb to the xp than remove it in tray bar, and that's all! ntfs writing is ok. there is an issue about character coding. i'm using hungarian xp, and i can't read the files with names containing national characteres.
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Nguyenhm16
09 May 2007
Version: 1.417r3
Uh, if you have physical access to the memory stick there is no longer any security.
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Nexialys
08 May 2007
Version: 1.417r3
is it possible that this tool would help hackers with stolen sticks ? if you give unknown:unknown to everybody using the stick, there is no more level security ?! it's just a question...
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