Hi I'm trying to install NTFS-3G on macOS BigSur but every time I run brew install ntfs-3g it reports Error: ntfs-3g has been disabled because it requires FUSE!. Obviously I've already installed macFUSE from osxfuse but brew doesn't seem to recognise it.

How can I solve that?


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The use of FUSE has been deprecated in homebrew: any formulas that use FUSE as a dependency have been disabled.

Your options are:

  • use a different tap to install the FUSE using package (as mentioned in this issue)
brew tap gromgit/homebrew-fuse
brew install ntfs-3g-mac 
  • use a different package manager if another one provides ntfs-3g
  • find a pre-compiled version of ntfs-3g along with dependencies
  • compile ntfs-3g and dependencies yourself
  • buy Paragon NTFSno affiliation
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    Sure. Skip a pizza and buy Paragon NTFS. shop.paragon-software.com/277/… Jun 16, 2021 at 14:36
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    @Matteo the issue Homebrew have is that fuse is now not open source
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 16, 2021 at 15:50
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    The reason to pay is that it is cheaper than the time you have spent trying to solve this issue,
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 16, 2021 at 15:51
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    @Matteo You think "Open Source" == "I don't have to pay for it". It does not. Further, it works so "really well", that you can't install it. Jun 16, 2021 at 16:37
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    @AdamBarnes macOS can read NTFS without any problem. macOS cannot write to an NTFS volume by default. Jun 16, 2021 at 19:21

If you don't need format from Mac Os X à drive in ntfs, but only use it in read/write mode, there is the excellent utility Mounty : https://mounty.app/

Added by Bmike : Mount uses the native driver from macOS which may cause data issues or corruption.

I've never have corrupt problems with Mounty.


It requires you to install macfuse

brew install macfuse

And then follow last steps from osxfuse/osxfuse discussion on GitHub:

brew tap gromgit/homebrew-fuse
brew install ntfs-3g-mac
  • This is already mentioned in an existing answer apple.stackexchange.com/a/422524/237 - which gives more information
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 5, 2021 at 11:03
  • Better to edit those two lines into that answer - which I have done
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 5, 2021 at 11:05

From this answer to a similar question:

While you can use NTFS-3G for accessing NTFS drives, it should be noted that recent versions of macOS support writing to NTFS drives natively. This option however is hidden from the GUI and you'd normally need the terminal to do it:

sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,auto,nobrowse /dev/disk3s1 ~/ntfs-volume
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    Native write support for NTFS in macOS is not stable and should not be used! Oct 29, 2021 at 22:05

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