How to mount NTFS drive on Mac with command line?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on November 10th, 2017

If you own a Mac, you will know that it doesn't support drives formatted as NTFS natively. That means while you can mount and read a NTFS partition, you won't be able to write and share files to the Windows partition. Fortunately, Mac does come with the capability to write to NTFS natively. All you need to do is to activate the feature by using command line.

Mount NTFS drive on Mac with command line

Notice: Using command line to mount NTFS drive on Mac is not officially supported and thoroughly tested by Apple, which might cause occasional instability to your Mac. And for command users, it's easy to input wrong command which will result in unexpected damage to our Mac and data inside. So use it with caution.

Step 1: Go to the Applications > Utilities folder and launch the Terminal program.

Step 2: Input "sudo nano /etc/fstab" to edit the fstab file (supply your password when prompted).

Step 3: Type "LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse" in the editor window for the fstab file. (Be sure to change the word NAME to the name of your drive)

Step 4: Press "Control+O" to save the file, followed by "Control+X" to exit.

Step 5: Unmount our NTFS drive and attach it again.

Mount NTFS drive with professional NTFS driver

In this case, it might be easier to use a professional tool which can automatically mount NTFS drive on Mac. Here recommend two top NTFS drivers.

1. NTFS Assiatant: the cheapest NTFS for Mac utility in App Store

NTFS Assistant is a professional NTFS driver for macOS that can effectively mount NTFS drive as a regular drive with read-write mode. It supports macOS Mojave 10.14/ macOS 10.13 High Sierra/10.12 and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. It not only has a very low price that anyone can afford, but also performs very well.

Tutorial to download and use NTFS Assistant:

Step 1: Download and install NTFS Assistant from App Store >>.

Step 2: Download and install NTFS Assistant Helper >>.

Step 3: Launch NTFS Assistant, and then connect NTFS drive to Mac.

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager: Mount NTFS drive, external drive and network drive

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a reliable NTFS mounter for Mac to enable NTFS external hard drive read/write support that is fully compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. With iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can easily mount/unmount NTFS drive, access, create, edit or delete files on NTFS drive.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

Aside from what mentioned above, iBoysoft Drive Manger Free is also a wonderful manager for external drives (including external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, pen drive, etc.) and network drives. It offers a menu bar on which we can easily mount and unmount drives with a single click.

Mount NTFS drive on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

Step-by-step tutorial to mount NTFS drive on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and connect our NTFS drive to Mac.

Step 3: Write NTFS drive after getting notified that the NTFS drive has been mounted successfully.

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