When I go to Gparted and try to format my pendrive to exfat,the option is greyed out and I am not able to select it however I can choose other file systems such as ext4,ntfs,etc. Why is that ?


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    @mikewhatever emmh...not really. Couldn't find anything in that post related to creating exfat – Ron May 13 '16 at 8:15

Gparted doesn't support creation of exfat file systems. You can use mkfs.exfat utility from the terminal like:

sudo mkfs.exfat -n LABEL /dev/sdXn

Replace LABEL with the label that you want for your USB and /dev/sdXn with the partition id of your USB.

You will have to install exfat-utils and exfat-fuse from the universe repository for the above to work;

 sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse 
  • Another alternative to Gparted if you don't want use a terminal is to use Kde Partition Manager. It still support (still) support exFAT. You can my post about it here: askubuntu.com/a/1006553/143133 – Asme Just Feb 15 '18 at 19:21

Workaround: use gnome-disks

This is the default pre-installed disk manager tool on Ubuntu that shows on the Dash as "Disks". You can launch if from the terminal with:


As of Ubuntu 18.04:

  • Gears button
  • Format Partition
  • Type: "Other"
  • Next
  • exfat

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The GUI was a bit different in older versions: GUI tool for formating to exFAT

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