NTFS Driver for mac

Too many users want to download NTFS driver for mac to read and write NTFS in Mac OS X. NTFS-3G is the best choice because it is free. Look at the following instruction to install NTFS-3G in OS X 10.x including El Capitan.

When you should use NTFS-3G or other similar free NTFS NTFS Drivers for Mac?

  • You are able to install softwares through command lines in Terminal
  • You want a FREE solution
  • You do not often access NTFS drivers and consider the low data transfer speed is not really a matter

When should use Commercial NTTS drivers such as  Paragon NTFS vs Tuxera NTFS?

  • Frequently transfer Data from NTFS Partition and need high-speed Data transferring
  • Need easy installation
  • Officially supported by driver manufacture.
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Steps to install NTFS-3G, a best Free NTFS Driver for Mac, in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

At for Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite) or older, just ignore step 1 and follow from the Step 2.

Step 1. Disable Rootless

  • Boot your Mac into Recovery mode: Press the Power button, then quickly press and hold the Option key until the Recovery Disk appears on the screen.

Recovery mode

  • Go to Utilities > Terminal

Terminal El Capitan

  • After that, enter the following command line to disable Rootless.
csrutil disable

Disable rootless El captian

  • Restart your Mac to go back OS X

Step 2. Download and install FUSE for OS X

Remember choose MacFUSE Compatibility Layer during installation.

Step 3. Install brew

Run Terminal in OS X (found in /Applications/Utilities/), then enter the following command line to install brew (administrator password may be required).

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
install brew
install brew in order to install ntfs driver for mac

The above command line can be correct from http://brew.sh
During installing, just Enter to confirm or click on Install if you are asked.

Step 4. Download and install NTFS-3G

After installing the Brew, enter the following command line to download and install NTFS-3G

brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g

Step 5. Enter in order the following lines

sudo nvram boot-args="rootless=0"
sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original
sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs

Reboot your Mac to completely finish installing NTFS Driver for Mac, you then must be able to write and read to NTFS partition in your Mac OS X.

By some reasons, you want to delete NTFS-3G completely from your mac? Look at how to uninstall NTFS-3G.

  • Can I enable back the SIP after completing all these steps?

    • Luís M

      Yes. At least it’s still working after enabling the SIP.

  • Todd Moeller

    Thanks for the driver.