NTFS-3G
NTFS-3G
2017.3.23

3.5

NTFS-3G free download for Mac

NTFS-3G

2017.3.23
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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Libertyforall1776
24 January 2011

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This download link is source code, NOT a compiled binary.
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Version 2011.1.15
Derekcurrie
26 November 2018
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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Version 2017.3.23
SMcCandlish
14 November 2015
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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Version 2015.3.14
Jpschuck
31 October 2015
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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Version 2015.3.14
super-titing
28 October 2015
Works! It just works! So thankful for the devs.
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Version 2015.3.14
CraigC5591
17 April 2014
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
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CraigC5591
CraigC5591
17 April 2014
Sorry, this is a review for TuxeraNTFS. Please remove this review.
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TheCellar
28 June 2012
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
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JordiMontana4740
JordiMontana4740
12 May 2013
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.
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Lance-baker
Lance-baker
16 January 2015
Macupdate does not show the previous reply, so I can't know if I'm repeating. The message means just what you said: the drive does not mount correctly in Windows, and does not unmount correctly in Windows. If you connect the drive to Windows and unmount it correctly, just as the message suggests, all is well.
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SickTeddyBear
28 July 2011
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
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myschizobuddy-1
myschizobuddy-1
12 October 2011
how do you run it once it's installed with macports
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sirshanksalot
sirshanksalot
19 May 2012
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.
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JordiMontana4740
JordiMontana4740
12 May 2013
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
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Lance-baker
Lance-baker
16 January 2015
The solution is explained clearly here–> https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130408021636AAD4Og0 which involves three tiny bits of software, all free. The block for OS 10.7 and later is related not to NTFS-3G actual installer, but to the MacFuse installer (hidden in the Contents inside) that is not updated (since it is really a Linux piece). This simple 3-step process does not require MacPorts, Terminal, or any other convoluted or risky methods.
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Libertyforall1776
11 February 2011
Please add Sparkle support! ;-)
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Version 2011.1.15
SickTeddyBear
26 January 2011
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
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myschizobuddy-1
myschizobuddy-1
03 February 2011
when you install from macports it doesn't install the reference pane.
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JordiMontana4740
JordiMontana4740
12 May 2013
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
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dingle777
24 January 2011
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
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SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
25 January 2011
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.
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3.5

App requirements: 
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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