Friday, June 15, 2012

Latest version of Tuxera NTFS for Mac

Please note that the latest release of Tuxera NTFS for Mac will always be available from:
http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/

This blog is not maintained anymore but exists for historical purposes only. If you are looking for NTFS-3G, source releases can be downloaded from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ntfs-3g/

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is so sad that there is another kraken who´s trying to suck the money out of everyone...

Erik said...

Anonymous, July 30, 2012 1:41 PM:

Dear Anonymous commenter,
Did you comment on the wrong article? If not, then please elaborate. Who's trying suck the money out of everyone?

CLM said...

Another person for another way to ask the question:

And now, where can we found new free version of NTFS-3G working on Lion or Mountain Lion?

Erik said...

CLM:

The latest version of NTFS-3G, which works on Lion and Mountain Lion (really, any Mac OS X version that has a FUSE implementation), can always be found on the NTFS-3G project page on SourceForge. If you don't feel like compiling the software yourself, then in addition I believe MacPorts and homebrew work well for this purpose.
For open source software these distribution methods are clearly superior since all necessary dependencies (like a MacFUSE-compatible implementation) should be fetched automatically.

Anonymous said...

BTW, is there some way to use the current preference pane of NTFS-3G for Mac OS X with the MacPorts version of NTFS-3G (which sadly lacks it)?

Of course, it would be a good thing if the preference pane could be updated (maybe also the OSXFUSE and/or Fuse4X people could think about this?)...

oboewan said...

Same here. I cannot for the life of me find a way to enable UBLIO caching on the updated version.

Erik said...

Anonymous, August 10, 2012 2:22 PM:

> BTW, is there some way to use the
> current preference pane of
> NTFS-3G for Mac OS X with the
> MacPorts version of NTFS-3G
> (which sadly lacks it)?

The preference pane is open source (GPL) and included in past source bundles. All is on sourceforge, so it shouldn't be too difficult to include it in MacPorts. It just takes some effort from the port maintainer.

Erik said...

oboewan:

If UBLIO is missing from the MacPorts version, then please ask the port maintainer to add it.
The NTFS-3G that's in FreeBSD's ports system has UBLIO as an option (that's where UBLIO originally came from). All necessary code is in past source bundles, available on sourceforge.

Sven G said...

OK, so here is the NTFS-3G port page:

https://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/fuse/ntfs-3g/Portfile

... and the maintainer's email, which should be (after some searching):

petri@kelotti.net

(seems to be a guy from Gothenburg).

Right? Not so sure, after all...

BTW, the MacPorts NTFS-3G implementation also seems to lack integration with Disk Utility: no options to format disks or images as NTFS-3G, as it instead was in your now (sadly) discontinued free option.

IMHO, the MacPorts alternative is a little too basic to be useful, for now, especially for new users.

Anyway, for those interested, here is a webpage on how to possibly make it a little more user-friendly:

http://fernandoff.posterous.com/ntfs-write-support-on-osx-lion-with-ntfs-3g-f

(haven't yet tried this, however).

Hopefully, with time it will become better than today... :-)

Jim McKeany said...

I just discovered that you don't need to purchase any of these app for a reading or writing to NTFS drives from OS X (including Mountain Lion or Lion):

check out: http://bit.ly/PO0CV7

Jim

Jim McKeany said...

I just discovered that you don't need to purchase any of these app for a reading or writing to NTFS drives from OS X (including Mountain Lion or Lion):

check out: http://bit.ly/PO0CV7

Jim

Sven G said...

^^^ Yes, that's the open source status quo, currently, for the "Mac-like" version: OSXFUSE + NTFS-3G for Mac OS X + fuse_wait patch, which indeed works OK.

Now, if only the talented OSXFUSE people could provide a more up-to-date NTFS-3G for Mac OS X installer (with prefpane) - that would be really cool! :-)

(Sadly, it seems quite unlikely to eventually get the GUI functionality in MacPorts, as fernandoff - see link above - explained in his blog.)

Kevin Williams said...

Thanks for this new version

Ki said...

Hi,

I was wondering if you could please kindly direct me to a set of documentation which provide some instruction on how to install the uncompiled version?

Thank you in advanced.

Anonymous said...

The free version is at http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/

Anonymous said...

@OP: Please update the post with the link. Anyway, I feel that the 1st anonymous poster has grasped the point. The commercial version's webpage is blatantly misleading.

Anonymous said...

... The latest ntfs-3g currently dates January 22, 2011, but the SourceForge project is not updated since 2011-10, so it's not an option.

Anonymous said...

I'll elaborate. I'm thankful for the software, it saved my back against an essential need, and you do an important service to the community [and yourselves -- it's the way that OSS works] by releasing the source. Releasing a commercial version is fine.
But the path must be made clear for those who don't need or don't want the commercial version. This is essential. I feel as if someone's trying to hit the crowd for those who don't have the time or knowledge to dig.

Anonymous said...

PS. The fink and macports links are down. So there's no Mac build available except this one:
http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.it/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html
which has issues with OS X 10.7 (see comments). While the commercial version supports 10.8.

Airon said...

I am trying to do data recovery when a whole slew of files disappeared today as I connected my hard drive to a friend's window's 7 machine and then back. Disk Utility simply fails to do anything except note a few read only files and deleted a couple of aliases.
I tried a demo of Data Rescue 3 and Disk Warrior and same results. They won't accept this format.

Airon said...

I forgot to confirm the obvious... yes the partition is NTFS using the latest version released last June