Install Ntfs For Mac

Mac OS X provides limited support for NTFS (the main file system of Windows PCs). With Paragon’s NTFS for Mac OS X, you can fully read and write access to NFTS in Mac OS X Support Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard (32 and 64 bytes), Lion and Mountain Lion, Mavericks Installation Easy to install the driver via a user-friendly wizard Easy to use. Launch the installation process by clicking on the supplied DMG disk image (in our case it is NTFSforMacOSX.dmg). After the installation package is extracted you can choose whether to install/de-install the driver or read the manual or license agreement. Click NTFS for Mac OS X to install. Free and open-source NTFS drivers for Mac take a bit of work to install and they are slower than paid ones. It’s full of risk to Apple experimental NTFS-write support as this method is not stable. Therefore, using paid NTFS for Mac apps like iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is the easiest way to read/write to NTFS drives on Mac. Microsoft NTFS is one of the primary Windows file systems. If you work on a Mac computer and need to read or write files from HDD, SSD or a flash drive formatted under Windows, you need Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software. Write, edit, copy, move and delete files on Microsoft NTFS volumes from your Mac.

First, download the installation file from MyParagon portal. Refer to this article to learn how to download the installation file.

After the file is downloaded, click on Downloads icon on the dock to expand the Downloads stack.

Double-click on the downloaded file.
The window will appear.

Double click on “Install Paragon NTFS for Mac 14”.

Click on “Continue” button.
License agreement will appear. Please read it carefully.

Click on “Continue”.
You may be prompted to enter your password to proceed.


Click on “OK” to begin the installation.

When the installation will finish, the picture will appear, showing the location of the driver settings icon. It’s necessary to restart your Mac before using the driver. Click Restart.

After restart and login, Paragon NTFS for Mac driver will be used to mount NTFS volumes by default.
Please use NTFS for Mac preference pane to access settings and activate your license. To read more about NTFS for Mac activation process, refer to this article: How to activate

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On you MAC, you can only read (open/copy) the contents of a NTFS file system, you can not perform any write operations like cut/delete. We have already covered How to Write to NTFS Drives in OS X Yosemite / El Capitan using Tuxera NTFS. It’s the easiest way to perform cut, delete or write new contents on an external NTFS drive in your Mac. But this software comes with only 15 days of trial and after the trial you need to purchase the license to continue the NTFS write support. The full license costs 25.00 EUR. But if you don’t want to spend money, here is a way to enable your Mac to support write operations on NTFS file systems for free.

Install FUSE for OS X

First of all install FUSE for OS X. It works as the building block and allows to extend Mac OS X’s native file handling capabilities with the help of other third party file systems (like NTFS) on top of it. So here to install our next two utility softwares we first need to install FUSE for OS X.

Open Ntfs On Mac


While installing it make sure to check “MacFUSE Compatibility Layer” to add support for backward compatibility.

Install NTFS-3G

Install Ntfs-3g For Mac Os X (free)

This is the actual their party driver, that will work on top of OSXFUSE to enable NTFS write on your Mac.


During installation you will get an option to choose Caching Mode. UBLIO cache increases the performance by creating an internet buffer. So every time during read or write operations instead of performing disk I/O it fetches or writes data to the buffer. For an example, if you edit a huge .log file, which is on your external NTFS disk. A copy of the file will first come to the internal buffer. Now every changes you make on this file will not immediately write to the disk, even if you save the file after every changes. Instead the changes will be stored in internal buffer. It will follow a lazy algorithm to write these changes to the actual disk. When you remove your external device by clicking on the remove button, all dirty blocks (changed data left in buffer) that yet have not been written to disk will be written to the External disk and after that your NTFS disk will get dismounted. As it reduces the necessity of I/O operations, the read-write performance gets improved.

But If you don’t safely remove the disk or if external disk goes offline because of power failure, you may lose some of your recent data or changes, as it could possible that those changes were still in buffer and did not get the time or force write instruction (during safely remove). As buffer is a temporary memory, those files/data will be lost in that case.


In case of No Caching mode, there will be no internal cache layer. Information/file will be fetched directly from the disk and changes will be written directly to the disk. So there is no chance of data lose. For daily usage, where you don’t need to handle large files, you may choose No caching.

That’s it, your system is absolutely ready to perform NTFS write operations.

Ntfs For Mac Install

Additional Patch: Install fuse-wait

fuse-wait comes with NTFS-3G, that you have already installed in previous step. But NTFS-3G has not been updated by it’s developer. Because of some changes in Mac OS X 10.7 fuse-wait(NTFS-3g) will display a timeout error whenever you will connect a NTFS drive. Though you will able to write to NTFS drives without any issue. But every time getting this error message seems annoying. To resolve it you need to install this fuse-wait patch.

Install Ntfs-3g Mac High Sierra

That’s it.