How to read/write NTFS partitions on GNU/Linux


NTFS-3G is a stable, full-featured, read-write NTFS driver for Linux, Android, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, QNX, Haiku, and other operating systems.

  • It provides safe handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 NTFS file systems.
  • It allows to create, delete, move and rename files, directories, hard links and streams
  • It allows to read and modify files and streams
  • It allows to handle special files such us: symlinks, devices and FIFOs

Handle NTFS partitions in GNU/Linux

To handle NTFS partitions in GNU/Linux you should install the package ntfs-3g

Note: From April 2011 the ntfs-3g and ntfsprogs projects joined forces so now everything is in a single suite: ntfs-3g.

Most likely your distribution may already have installed the suite ntfs-3g else you can do it by exec


$ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g


# yum install ntfs-3g