NTFS-3G is the only available Free NTFS Driver for MacOS. How to get it installed completely on Mac?
The following instruction shows you step by step to excecute proper NTFS-3G installation on your MacOS. This works well on all MacOS versions: Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion.
Step 1: Launch Terminal
Terminal can be found in /Applications/Utilities/
Step 2: Install Homebrew
Enter the following command line to install Homebrew in seconds.
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
The right command line can be changed, keep updating here: http://brew.sh/
Step 3: Install Install Homebrew Cask
Next, enter the following command.
brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
Step 4: Install osxfuse
The osxfuse can be installed by the following command line.
brew cask install osxfuse
Step 5: Install NTFS-3G
Well, it’s now ready to install NTFS-3G.
brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g
Step 6: Create a symlink for mount_ntfs
Link NTFS-3G to the system location. In a Terminal prompt:
sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntf
NOTE! If using Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitain:
- Some NTFS Softwares can not be launched due to Rootless. Look at this tutorial to see how to disable Rootless in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
- Use the latest build of OSXfuse (3.1.0 or higher) to avoid System integrity Protection issues https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/releases
- (Otherwise on OSXfuse 2.8.3? If using El Capitan, System Integrity Protection’s fs role will first need to be disabled.)