Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.1

Note: This is an important bugfix release which solves the issue described in KB974729.

The latest release of Tuxera NTFS for Mac, our high performance commercial NTFS driver is now out!

Download Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.1

System requirements: A Mac (Intel or PowerPC) running Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6 (32-bit kernel).

You can purchase a license for Tuxera NTFS for Mac in the Online Shop.

Changes since 2009.12-RC:

  • A fix for the issue described in KB974729, in which NTFS drives were rendered unmountable in Windows Vista and Windows 7 in rare cases after being used extensively with Tuxera NTFS for Mac or NTFS-3G. After this update, Tuxera NTFS for Mac will no longer trigger this condition. To fix existing drives, please install the hotfix provided by Microsoft and follow instructions. If you have been affected by this issue and need assistance, don't hesitate to contact our premium support email address (see your activation email).
All users are welcome to discuss any NTFS-3G or Tuxera NTFS-related issues on the Tuxera Support Forum.


Anonymous said...

When is 64bit Snow Leopard support coming?


vxbush said...

Forgive me for leaving a newbie comment here, but: why would I want to install NTFS-3G when I have NTFS support already? What benefits do I see to NTFS-3G that I don't have now?

Unknown said...

Being able to write to NTFS is a benefit to some and being able to format a drive in NTFS would also be a benefit

Erik said...


Are you saying that you are experiencing problems with formatting NTFS volumes?
If so, then please tell me more. It should work fine.

Erik said...

Anonymous, January 27, 2010 10:42 PM:

Hopefully as soon as Apple starts supporting the 64-bit kernel on desktop hardware. Until then, we cannot really support it as the only market would be Xserves (and it's not a huge market).

Erik said...


Tuxera NTFS for Mac and NTFS-3G are both products that enable users to write to the NTFS drives and use them in an unrestricted way. Tuxera NTFS for Mac also comes with major performance improvements, some additional features and commercial support.

If you already have full NTFS support provided by some other third party extension, and you're happy with that, then you probably don't need Tuxera NTFS for Mac or NTFS-3G.

Nikki said...

Before installing tuxera, when i tried to install windows 7 on my mac (os 10.5), it told me it couldn't install because it wasn't formatted for NTFS. But after I installed Tuxera, I can't even get to the blue installation screen for windows. Now, if I try to install or boot up in Windows, I just get a black screen with a cursor that does nothing.

Erik said...


Is this condition occurring when you try to install Windows, i.e. when you boot your Mac from the Windows 7 installer DVD?

In that case I don't think Tuxera NTFS has anything to do with the problem. It can hardly have any effect on a newly booted Windows installer...
However, if you want some help determining the cause of the problem, please email me privately using the email listed on my blogger profile.

Anonymous said...


bängt said...

Would you please refrain from using the word "commercial" to refer to a proprietary application. This only confuses people because free & open source software can also be commercial. Commercialization has nothing to do with if the code is free or proprietary. Thank you!

Erik said...


As you state yourself, 'commercial' and 'proprietary/FOSS' are unrelated terms. Therefore I wonder why you think its improper to refer to Tuxera NTFS for Mac as commercial software...?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if the new NTFS-3G 2010.3.6 will be available for OSX?


Erik said...

Anonymous, March 17, 2010 5:15 PM:

Yes, as soon as I have time. I'm currently quite busy with other things, so it might take a week or so before I can spend time preparing a new release.

Anonymous said...

How do I turn lower and upper case differences between file names off?

For example it often happens that iTunes creates two different directories for the same album, for example "Abc" and "ABC"

Erik said...

Anonymous, March 21, 2010 11:23 AM:

Unforunately this is not possible.
All new files and directories are created in the POSIX namespace for maximum portability and interoperability, which means that NTFS is effectively case sensitive.

I'm sure you would experience the same problem on other case-sensitive filesystems, such as Apple's Case-sensitive HFS+ (aka. HFSX).

This is apparently an iTunes bug, and should be treated as such.

Unknown said...

while i understand that theoretically there is little gain from running the 64-bit kernel, i still choose to run my Macs in that fashion.

now that the upcoming version of Paragon will support the 64-bit kernel (i'm testing it at the moment), i hope that pushes you to support that sooner rather than later. i'd rather contribute my money to Tuxera than Paragon.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused -- I keep going around in circles trying to find the open source Snow Leopard port of the NTFS-3G driver. I keep finding myself linked to Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.1. Is there no open source version anymore? Is the commercial/paid version the only option now?

Erik said...

Anonymous, April 13, 2010 8:27 PM:


NTFS-3G is listed on the same page as Tuxera NTFS for Mac. Just scroll down a bit to find it.

Here's a direct link to the latest version.

Бесплатно travian said...

What benefits do I see to NTFS

Erik said...

Бесплатно travian:

If you're only using Macs there's usually no need to use NTFS (except in certain special cases).

Tuxera NTFS for Mac is most commonly used in order to make Macs interoperable with hard drives formatted on Windows PCs.

You can read more about NTFS here:

Anonymous said...

NTFS-3G Stable Version 2010.5.16 (May 16, 2010) is now out.

I assume you were waiting for that one before releasing a new NTFS-3G for Mac. Since version 2010.3.6 was skipped entirely.


Erik said...

Anonymous, May 19, 2010 7:46 PM:

Sure, there was also an issue with git migration, but it's all fixed now. I have a binary ready, but I haven't had time to do any extensive testing, so if you want to help testing the latest NTFS-3G version, here's a download link (source code here).

Anonymous said...

I have to be honest, I'm torn between Tuxera and Paragon.

On the one hand, you guys have vaunted stability over your rivals (or so its been in the past). On the other hand, your rival (Paragon) has superior speeds with their v8.

Furthermore, it appears as if Paragon is updated much more frequently, whereas you (Tuxera) seem to be overtaxed and behind on development. The fact that the OSX NTFS-3G is sitting at a January release still, when we're in June, is testament enough to this. I realize that you're trying to work it back towards the main branch, but the lack of updates to both Tuxera and the free-ware NTFS-3G is a bit disheartening for a consumer, especially considering the progress of a free, open-source community.

Your last response was May 24th, what's the status now? Also, as another perk, you should have an auto-update or check update option in the prefpane.

Also, as an aside, I've heard that work on MacFuse has stopped-- I can't find any recent developments except for an external-lasting beta. Any news on that? The google groups says nothing.

Erik said...

Anonymous, June 18, 2010 6:28 AM:


We are currently preparing a new release which should be out by the end of this month. NTFS-3G will also be updated.

Regarding MacFUSE, we are in the process of finding a solution to the stagnant development state. Hopefully by next month we have something to announce in that respect.

The plan is to release 2010.6-RC and then 2010.7 next month. So stay tuned...

- Erik

Anonymous said...

Sounds good :)

Any chance we'll see some major speed bumps without sacrificing stability?

Also, if possible, couldn't you either a) get more developers, or b) open up the NTFS-3G component more by using Trac, and trying to attract developers like VLC?

Regarding MacFUSE; couldn't you ask Amit Singh for permission to continue the project? Many many apps rely on it; it could either become a cornerstone of your business or a great open-source project. The other option could be to incorporate the components from MacFUSE that you need right into NTFS-3G, and that way you can stay on top of the libFUSE updates.

Anonymous said...


I was wondering if you had any chance to test the "ntfs-3g-2010.5.22-macosx_2010-05-23_091645.dmg" version you posted a link to a little while ago.

And if it's more stable and faster than 2010.1.6.

Or if you have a more recent and more stable build available.

Thanks, keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I would like to know if the Download Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.6-RC can be installed on my mac which is (Leopard)version 10.5.8? Any mac version above 10.5 is 64-bit, correct me was wondering abt the system requiremnts mentioned here!!

Erik said...

Anonymous, July 8, 2010 2:09 PM:


Yes, Tuxera NTFS for Mac (all versions to this date) supports the non-server versions of Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 (with the special exception that 10.6 users must use the stock 32/64-bit hybrid kernel... if you don't know what this means then you don't need to worry, it will work).
It will also support most versions of Mac OS X Server, although with 10.6 server there are some reservations.

But don't just take my word for it, try it out for yourself. The software works in trial mode for 15 days, more than enough time for you to decide whether or not to purchase the software.


- Erik