Free NTFS for Mac

There are free solution available, but it comes with the price of extra configurations.

Step 1. Install FUSE for Mac OS X

FUSE for Mac OS X allows you to extend Mac OS X's native file handling capabilities via third-party file systems. OSXFUSE is a successor to MacFUSE, which has been used as a software building block by dozens of products, but is no longer being maintained. The latest version supports Snow Leopard and Lion.

Step 2. Install NTFS-3G

One bad news, NTFS-3G is no longer maintained. We have to install old version of NTFS-3G. Download here and install. Now restart the machine and attach a drive.


Built-in Option

WARNING: Native NTFS write support is disabled for a reason. There are users who reported it may courrpt your drive. Use at your own risk.

Snow Leopard and newer version has a hidden feature to mount NTFS volumes as read/write, but it's not enabled by default.

Here's how to get read/write support for NTFS drives in Snow Leopard or Lion:

  • Uninstall other NTFS software, like Paragon, Tuxera or NTFS-3G.
  • Run Terminal in Spotlight.
  • Type "diskutil info /Volumes/volname", where volname is the name of the NTFS volume. From the output, copy the Volume UUID value to the clipboard.
  • Type "sudo nano /etc/fstab."
  • Type "UUID=111-111-111 none ntfs rw", where 111-111-111 is the UUID you copied.
  • Save and quit nano by typing Control-X, Y, and then Enter.
  • Restart your system.