I just formated a partition to exFAT using the terminal command sudo mkfs.exfat -n. Is it possible to do the same thing using a GUI?

Before people comment that the Terminal command works just fine (which it indeed does), I want to say that I am introducing a friend to Ubuntu. He's in his 70's and very unsavvy. People like him usually get scared by any mention of the terminal. I like reccomending Ubuntu to people who know very little about computers, and such people don't like to use the terminal. I don't like telling them that in order to do this or that they have to open the terminal and put together this and that command. They are used to simpler things.

  • Have you tried GNOME Disks? Or GParted?
    – Smile4ever
    Mar 27 '16 at 10:42
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    @smile4ever GParted doesn't seem to have any option for formating to exFAT, as far as I can see, even after installing the packages. The option is greyed out. Will try GNOME Disks.
    – Fiksdal
    Mar 27 '16 at 10:43
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    This seems to work for people using gparted linuxforums.org.uk/…
    – bistoco
    Mar 27 '16 at 10:51
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    @bistoco There is only partial support for exFAT in GParted in Ubuntu and this partial support does not include formatting a partition as exFAT.
    – karel
    Nov 10 '17 at 10:01
  • Kepp in mind it's very difficult to resize/extend exFAT. See: Shrink exFAT partition
    – KrisWebDev
    Aug 15 '18 at 14:16

First of all you need to install exfat support packages. You can do it by running in terminal

sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

Then you will be able to use gnome-disks to format exfat.

  1. Open "Disks" application in Dash.

  2. Select your disk drive.

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  1. Press the "gears" button and select "Format".

  2. Select "Custom" as "Type" and type in "exfat" as a filesystem.

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  1. Press "Format".

Kde Partition Manager is another alternative to gnome-disks (which I don't have a good experience with when it comes to formatting).

It's Like GParted but (still) have support for exFAT.

I just made a more detailed post about it here.



If you're introducing this to a new user, make sure to tell them to use the correct (USB) disk on the right.

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