In Ubuntu 13.04 there was an option to use the PPA by Relan in order to get ExFat functionality. Seeing that in Ubuntu this functionality is now available from the repositories without the PPA I tried this but failed to make it work.

So my question is how do I enable exfat support?

  • Odly enough, when searching the term exfat in the software center I can still find the fuse-utils (after showing technical items) but after clicking on it, it says "Not found - There isn’t a software package called “fuse-exfat” in your current software sources."
    – davorao
    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:49

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Turns out the packages from the official repositories do the trick. Just install exfat-utils and exfat-fuse packages using the package manager of your choice, or just using apt-get from the command line:

sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

This should delivery a working exfat file system (read and write support, but not formatting the drives with exfat via Gnome Disks and GParted).

From 13.04+ it hasn't been necessary but if you're using 12.04 you might need to reboot your computer before you can mount your exfat partition. If it isn't working for you after installing the packages, try rebooting.

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    For me, this now works even without a reboot. Using Ubuntu 13.10 x64. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:50
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    Worked perfectly without reboot to get Ubuntu to recognize a Samsung T1 external SSD. Thanks! Feb 4, 2015 at 8:53
  • Works perfectly! No reboot required! If it doesn't want to work directly after the installation, then just unplug the drive and plug it back in...
    – ntninja
    May 9, 2015 at 21:09
  • I had to reboot, for 15.04. but It works great.
    – Mateo
    Jul 9, 2015 at 4:32
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    Worked perfectly in Ubuntu 16.04 with a WD drive formatted with exfat. Thanks! May 4, 2016 at 9:08

Finally get it to work on my 13.10.

I did:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:relan/exfat
sudo apt-get install fuse  # (only fuse)

and lastly

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse   # (instead of fuse-exfat)

Plugged my External HD and it's working read/write.

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    I'm not sure what's changed, but this seems to be no longer necessary as the official packages, exfat-utils and exfat-fuse work just fine for me. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:51
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    if you are formatting your own exfat volume, make sure to set the partition id to ntfs, not fat---otherwise, OSX will not recognize it. at least, this is what it took on my system. Sep 1, 2014 at 16:18

I just did a successful install on 4/3/2014 with Ubuntu 13.10, fully updated, using only this command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install exfat-utils

No restart required, and the drive auto-mounted with full read/write support.


fuse-utils moved to fuse. fuse-utils has been a trasitionary metapackage (something that just depends on the new package name) since 12.04.

That doesn't help you much if you have something that has a package dependency on fuse-utils because you're right, the metapackage has been removed now. The simplest thing to do might be to just download the Raring version and install that. It shouldn't hurt anything as it makes no demands on which version of fuse to install, just that there's one installed.

  • Hi @Oli I will try that. Thanks for the tip. Will write how it worked.
    – davorao
    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:55
  • @davorao If it's any consolation, it might be mainline (and not need fuse) by the next Ubuntu release. There already is a kernel driver but it's not quite ready yet, from what I can see.
    – Oli
    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:04
  • It is actually. The Raring version wouldn't quite want to work, so I will wait and see how it evolves over time. Thanks. :)
    – davorao
    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:05

In Ubuntu 23.04, here's how to install support for the exFAT filesystem:

sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfatprogs

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