NTFS-3G is an open source implementation of the Windows file system "NTFS" developed by Microsoft Corporation. It can be used by Unix-like operating systems to read and write on NTFS formatted hard drives.


Debian / Ubuntu

The NTFS-3G driver is part of the Debian and Ubuntu Distribution and can be installed via the official repository.

# sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g



If a NTFS volume should mount during boot time, the fstab (abbreviated from file system table) file must be modified. Basic structure of the /etc/fstab file entry for a NTFS volume is:

UUID=[UUID_of_NTFS_Volume] [/mount/directory] ntfs-3g nls=utf8,umask=000,user,owner 0 0

The UUID and the mount directory must be adjusted to meet the system specifications. A special tool helps to identify the UUID of the correct NTFS volume:

# sudo blkid

Afterwards the correct UUID and the mount directory can be placed into the /etc/fstab file entry. For example:

UUID=ABCDEF1234567890 /mnt/external ntfs-3g nls=utf8,umask=000,user,owner 0 0

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