NTFS-3G is a free and open source read and write file system driver for NTFS that enables your Mac to effortlessly write files to a NTFS formatted drive. In other words, NTFS-3G is designed to give your Mac the ability to write to NTFS partitions and mount them as native parts of the operating system environment. Installation from source code: 1. Free download NTFS for Mac: NTFS Assistant and NTFS Assistant Helper. Enable NTFS read-write support in macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, Mac OS X El. The NTFS partition might be marked as 'dirty' and the Apple NTFS driver cannot recover from that situation. Mounty will not delete anything by itself, please try to restore your files on a Windows PC using usual recovery s/w, i.e. Chkdsk command line utility or professional tools like GetDataBack for Windows.
The reason we need free NTFS for Mac software is that Mac can't write to NTFS drives by default. Reading Windows NTFS in macOS should not be a problem, but we are unable to create, edit, copy, paste, delete, or transfer files on NTFS drives on Mac without an NTFS driver for Mac.
NTFS is a file system developed by Microsoft, the competitor of Apple. It's for Windows platform, especially used in the system drive. That's why we use Boot Camp to run Windows on Mac but find we can't mount BOOTCAMP partition with read-write access. Up to now, Mac operating systems, including macOS Big Sur/Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra/Sierra and Mac OS X El Capitan, only provide NTFS read support but no NTFS write support.
Business is business, but for users, we need Mac to write to NTFS drives. We want Windows NTFS file system to be fully compatible with macOS or Mac OS X. Sure. That it. We need NTFS for Mac free software.
There are four totally no charge NTFS drivers for Mac : Mounty for NTFS, NTFS-3G, FUSE for macOS and SL-NTFS.
Note: Few free NTFS for Mac software supports the latest macOS. If you are using a system after macOS Mojave, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is a better NTFS driver for macOS 10.15 and NTFS driver for macOS 11.
If you are looking for an NTFS driver for macOS Mojave edition, macOS High Sierra, and earlier, you can try the way below to share NTFS drives between Windows and Mac.
Mounty for NTFS is completely free utility to enable write ability to NTFS drives on your Mac. It has simple design to help mount NTFS drives with the following highlights:
But Mounty for NTFS dose get complaints because:
NTFS-3G is an open-source project from Tuxera, so the public can download this NTFS for Mac free software to write to Windows NTFS drives on your Mac computers
Set aside its advantage for being free, NTFS-3G is complained a lot because of its poor performance. Some main drawbacks of this free NTFS for Mac are listed below:
FUSE for macOS (was OSXFUSE) is another open and NTFS for Mac free software that can enable write support to NTFS drives on Mac. In fact, FUSE is a file system extension that allows user to read and write disks with the formats that are not fully supported by Apple.
FUSE for macOS is worth trying because:
As a free NTFS for Mac, FUSE for macOS has some obvious limitations:
SL-NTFS means Snow Leopard NTFS. As a matter of fact, writing to NTFS drive on Apple is possible since Mac OS 10.6 without any third-party NTFS driver, but the NTFS writing support is disabled by default. Therefore, SL-NTFS is used as an free interface writing NTFS on Mac before Sierra.
As a NTFS for Mac free app, SL-NTFS has some pros as followings:
However, SL-NTFS has some cons to prevent people from using it.
Generally speaking, despite of being free, those NTFS for Mac free software have various flaws, making them very risky to use.
If you are afraid of using a risky chargeless NTFS utility for Mac, there are two cost-effective alternatives for you. Even though they are not completely free, they can provide a lot of merits that NTFS for Mac free software doesn't do.
NTFS for Mac free software can be troublemakers because of their low write speed, poor compatibility, no technical support, etc. Nevertheless, you don't have to pay a fortune to get enough reliability, stability and simplicity from a cost-effective NTFS for Mac - iBoysoft NTFS for Mac or iBoysoft Drive Manager.
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is an ultimate Paragon NTFS for Mac alternative in macOS and Mac OS X. It can easily help you mount NTFS volumes on Mac desktops and laptops as regular drives in read-write mode.
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac has quite a few advantages you can take into account:
Another great alternative to NTFS for Mac free software is iBoysoft Drive Manager. It is a handy Mac tool that can enable full read-write access to NTFS drives on Mac and help manage multiple external drives/network drives with one click.
iBoysoft Drive Manager is a great replacement of a free NTFS for Mac because:
If you want to know any disadvantages that iBoysoft Drive Manager might have, I would say the only one should be - it is not free. But it is really cheap compared with other commercial NTFS for Mac programs, such as Paragon and Tuxera.
We also provide a table to help you find the most preferable NTFS driver:
|NTFS for macOS||iBoysoft Drive Manager||iBoysoft NTFS for Mac||Mounty for Mac||NTFS-3G||FUSE for macOS||SL-NTFS|
|Auto-mount NTFS in read-write mode||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Supported Mac OS||macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.8.||macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.8.||macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.6.||macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.6.||macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.6.||macOS 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 to 10.6.|
|Supported devices||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc.||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc.||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc. (not all)||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc.||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc.||USB drives, SD cards, HDDs, etc. (not all)|
|Supported file system||NTFS, APFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.||NTFS, APFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.||NTFS||NTFS||NTFS, APFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.||NTFS|
|Ease of use||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Other||1.Manage external storage media with one click.|
2.Map network drive as local drives.
|1. Repair NTFS.|
2.Erase NTFS volumes.
3.Reformat other file systems into NTFS.
|N/A||N/A||Multiple languages are available.||N/A|
Now, you have a few options in your hands. If you don't care the risks and want to try out the free NTFS for Mac programs, generally speaking, Mounty for NTFS and FUSE for macOS are better ones. However, if you care about the reliability, technical support and NTFS write speed a lot, or you are specifically looking for an NTFS driver for macOS Catalina, Mojave or High Sierra, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is your best choice.
Q: Is NTFS for Mac free?
A: NTFS drivers generally cost $20 around, but there are four completely free NTFS for Mac software:
Q: How can Mac read NTFS for free?
A: Mac can read NTFS drives for free by default. All you need to do is to mount the disk in Disk Utility by:
Q: What is the best NTFS for Mac?
A: There are three best NTFS for Mac software: