NTFS-3G macOS Mojave: How to Read Write NTFS in macOS Mojave for Free?

Posted by Molly to NTFS for Mac on June 26th, 2018

NTFS file system is thedefault file system of Windows. For Apple Macs, however, it's only able to read NTFS drives, the feature to write to NTFS volumes is disabled. Luckily, we have a handful of NTFS for Mac software with which we can read and write NTFS without any hassles. NTFS-3G is one of them and totally free. With the release of macOS Mojave, some users want to run NTFS-3G in macOS Mojave and read write NTFS drives in macOS Mojave for free.

But, does free NTFS-3G support macOS Mojave?

No. NTFS-3G is an open source and cross-platform NTFS driver. But for macOS, it's only compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra and earlier. The possible reason may be due to its developer - Tuxera, the same maker of the well-known Tuxera NTFS for Mac. The developer has put most of their time and effort to the paid edition, so it's very likely that they won't continue to upgrade NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave.

Are there any NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave alternatives?

Unfortunatively, there's neither completely free NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave alternatives, nor NTFS-3G for Mac alternatives for other Mac operating systems. But there're some paid NTFS for macOS Mojave 10.14, such as Tuxera NTFS for macOS Mojave and iBoysoft Drive Manager.

iBoysoft Drive Manager is now able to support NTFS for macOS Mojave. You can free download it to read write NTFS drives in macOS Mojave 10.14.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a nice alternative to NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave. It is an effective NTFS for Mac tool that allows you to mount, unmount, read and write NTFS on macOS Mojave 10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8. Not only writing to NTFS, it also allows you to write to exFAT, FAT32 formatted external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, memory cards, pen drives, etc. This NTFS for Mac tool is intelligent that with it, drives can be automatically unmounted when Mac sleeps without being unplugged and remounted when Mac wakes from sleep.

NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave alternative

What's more, iBoysoft Drive Manager is able to map network drives as local drives, and allows to be connected or disconnected via a single click from the menu bar.

Bonus tips to read write NTFS for free if NTFS-3G for macOS Mojave unavailable

There're two bonus tips to help you read write NTFS in macOS Mojave for free.

Method 1: Reformat NTFS to exFAT.

exFAT works perfectly as a means to read, write and transfer files between Windows and Mac. But before reformatting, please makea backup of your data on the NTFS drive to avoid data loss. If unfortunately that happened, you can also recover data from formatted hard drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows or iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Method 2: Use Apple's Terminal

1. Plug an NTFS drive to your Mac.
2. Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
3. Type sudo nano /etc/fstab and enter your password when prompted.
4. Type LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse, please replace NAME with your drive name and press enter.
5. Press ctrl+o to write the information to file, then press Enter to save.
6. Press ctrl+x to exit the editor window.
7. Eject the NTFS drive and then reconnect it.
8. Go to Finder menu, type /volumes and press Enter, then you can drag and drop the NTFS drive to the sidebar where you can access it easier.

Please note though this is feasible to enable NTFS write in macOS Mojave, it's complex and not recommended to average users.

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