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Write to NTFS on OSX Yosemite and El Capitan

OUTDATED, see comments below

Install Homebrew:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Update Homebrew formulae:

brew update

Install Homebrew Cask

brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask

Install osxfuse

brew cask install osxfuse

Install ntfs-3g

brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g

If you are on OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)

sudo nvram boot-args="rootless=0"

And reboot.

Create a symlink for mount_ntfs

sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original 
sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs

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SoarLin commented Oct 8, 2015

after all operations, I see some error message

/sbin/mount_ntfs: line 14: /usr/local/opt/ntfs-3g/bin/ntfs-3g: No such file or directory"

and I check there has ntfs-3g this file

ll /usr/local/opt/ntfs-3g/bin/ntfs-3g
-r-xr-xr-x  1 soar  admin  51624 Oct  8 22:53 /usr/local/opt/ntfs-3g/bin/ntfs-3g

how could I fix this problem?

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sukanth commented Oct 11, 2015

Hello All ,

I have tried disabling the csrutil in recovery mode (it worked :-)). now when i plugin my external hard drive its not showing up my NTFS drive on desktop . But when i go to the disk utility and click on show in finder i am able to see my hard drive and its content writable .

Please let me know what do i need to do if the drive needs to mount on desktop and show the icon so that it is easy for me to click and access instead of going to the disk utility every time ..

Waiting for the responses .

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aemdy commented Oct 11, 2015

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sukanth commented Oct 12, 2015

@aemdy I solved the increment issue by downloading the latest version of osxfuse from github
Install it using the dmg, brew has an old version qith a bug.

Let me know if anyone gets the solution for the other one i have mentioned .

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EngLucio commented Oct 15, 2015

If your external drive is Seagate, you can use Paragon Driver for free. You can download it form here:

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matusferko commented Oct 16, 2015

all commands executed, no errors but still can't write to external flash disk

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sukanth commented Oct 17, 2015

@Losfer Thank you .. That worked perfectly well .. i have uninstalled all the previous softwares that i installed .

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aschneid75 commented Oct 18, 2015

Can SIP be reenabled once the tools are installed?

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AndriusJanusas commented Oct 20, 2015

@Losfer Thank you very much! I have seagate external hdd and this tool worked like a charm!

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villamide commented Oct 21, 2015

Thank you all!
I made it work following the instructions except for installing FUSE from instead of brew.
It's working but the transfer speed is quite slow, it took me more than an hour to copy 25GB.
Is this normal?

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Tomekk2 commented Oct 22, 2015

Hi, as @sukanth also did I managed to install ntfs3g disabling csrutil, my problem though is that I use true crypt and while trying to decrypt a hard disk it says FUSE (the newest version from github) is not available, although installed and mounted. Anybody having troubles/solutions with that?

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bfontaine commented Oct 23, 2015

You don’t need to brew update just after the install step; the script did it for you.

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lfilho commented Oct 25, 2015

Coming here to to state that installing osxfuse from their github and not from brew did the trick for me.
Also, the nvram part was indeed unnecessary.

PS: I'm on El Capitan

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func0der commented Oct 26, 2015

The problem I have currently is that the drives do not show up in the Finder.

I have installed OSXFuse over their site and have now the newest version (2.8.2).
I have installed ntfs-3g via brew and can now write to the external NTFS partition if I go to /Volumes/MY_DRIVE_NAME

But the drive does not show up on the desktop nor does it show up in the Finder sidebar.

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anaxonda commented Oct 29, 2015

I have the same problem as @func0der. Running the newest version of OSXFuse, and can access the drive via /volumes, however doesn't show up in finder or the desktop.

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trkaplan commented Oct 29, 2015

I use El capitan 10.11.1.
I followed the instructions, before creating a symlink for mount_ntfs, I disabled SIP, and after creating symlink I re-enabled SIP. But no success. I can't write to a NTFS formatted external disk.

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bfleischer commented Oct 30, 2015

@gwild I solved that issue by downloading the latest version of osxfuse from github
Install it using the dmg, brew has an old version qith a bug.

@mforce This is not a bug in osxfuse 2.x. Replacing /sbin/mount_ntfs with /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs is basically a hack. If the NTFS-3G version of mount_ntfs was written properly there would be no issues with osxfuse 2.x. After all this is a NTFS-3G issue. In osxfuse 3.x the whole mount process has changed and works around NTFS-3G's shortcomings.

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Coeur commented Oct 30, 2015

I've made a fork of this gist that addresses all issues from El Capitan:


  • You need osxfuse 3.0.x and not osxfuse from brew
  • You need to disable System Integrity Protection and not Rootless

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zhelezoglo commented Dec 6, 2015

@func0der, @anaxonda have you resolved that problem?
I have the same: after executing all the steps I can write to external hdd but it doesn't appear in Finder sidebar((

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m-brochu commented Jan 10, 2016

I have the same problem as @gwild . Everytime, my drive becomes MYDRIVE 1, MYDRIVE2, and it takes longer to appears than before. Any way to fix this? (I tried @mforce solution but it didn't work for me). Thanks!

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stobenski commented Jan 13, 2016

@Imakiel what version of osxfuse do you use? I just installed osxfuse 3.0.9 dmg from releases page and everything works fine.

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