Is there a simple way to add exFAT support?

When I insert a USB stick or camera flash card I get the following error:

unknown filesystem type 'exfat'

Is there a simple way to add exFAT support to Ubuntu without kernel patching?

Asked By: StalkerNOVA


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Answered By: StalkerNOVA

Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 (13.10 and higher)

Adding additional ppas is no longer required. Also, it seems fuse-exfat is no longer installable. The package to install is now named exfat-fuse and is available by default (universe repository). The package exfat-utils will also add the usual filesystem management tools including this package. Also thanks to this answer

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Ubuntu 12.04 (13.04 and lower)

A more detailed, step-to-step description on how to use the PPA pointed to by StalkerNOVA can be found on stackoverflow, copied here for the sake of completeness:

Do only once:

  1. Add the repository: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:relan/exfat
  2. Update the package list: sudo apt-get update
  3. Install the exfat package: sudo apt-get install fuse-exfat
  4. Create the mount folder: sudo mkdir /media/exfat

Everytime you want to access sdxc the card/exfat filesystem:

  1. Mount the filesystem (replace sdc1 with your exfat partition): sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdc1 /media/exfat
    On some devices, cameras, for locked sdxc cards etc you might want to mount the filesystem read only, just add -o ro to the mount command line: sudo mount -t exfat -o ro /dev/sdc1 /media/exfat
  2. Read and write to /media/exfat to your heart’s desire.
  3. When you are done, unmount the filesystem: sudo umount /media/exfat

The sdc1 in the step-by-step above refers to the linux device where your card/exfat filesystem resides on. If this changes (usb card readers, cameras) or you simply don’t know which one it could be either use the menu system System -> Administration -> Disk Util and usually you will find your camera or card reader in the list on the left hand side. Or – as a quick shortcut – use cat /proc/partitions on a terminal command line. The latter is only useful if you know all the other unchanging device names on your system and thus can quickly identify the one added one.

Answered By: cfi

For Ubuntu 14.04 there is a package called exfat-fuse. The following worked for me:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse
Answered By: Craig Taverner
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