How to mount ExFAT file system on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

By Umair Sunday, September 09, 2012

exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a proprietary file system designed especially for flash drives developed by Microsoft, which has applied for patent protection. It is supported in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 with update KB955704, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 (except Windows Server 2008 Server Core), Mac OS X Snow Leopard starting from 10.6.5,[6] and Mac OS X Lion.
exFAT can be used where the NTFS file system is not a feasible solution, due to data structure overhead, or where the file size limit of the standard FAT32 file system (without FAT+ extension) is unacceptable.

via: Wikipedia
The exFAT file system is not supported natively on Linux because it is developed by Microsoft and it comes with restrictive license which doesn't allow open-source operating system to implement it natively.

Installation of ExFat process, open Terminal and enter commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:relan/exfat
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fuse fuse-exfat exfat-utils
Once installed, plug your exFAT external hard drive in and run the following command to mount it:
sudo mkdir /media/exfat
sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdb1 /media/exfat
If you want to unmount the drive, simply type the usual command below:
sudo umount /media/exfat

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6 comments to ''How to mount ExFAT file system on Ubuntu or Linux Mint"

  1. Thanks for the tip! Really easy and working on Mint 14.1!

  2. i'm on mint 12 I think and I'm getting the following error when trying to install

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package fuse is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package 'fuse' has no installation candidate

    adding the repo seemed to work correctly, but I don't have a lot of linux system experience so I may be wrong..

  3. "apt-get install exfat-utils" did it for me to mount and use an 64GB sd-card. Thanks!

  4. I keep getting errors when I try to unmount.


    $ sudo umount exfat
    umount: exfat: not mounted


    umount: /media/exfat: device is busy.
    (In some cases useful info about processes that use
    the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))

  5. Tried the above procedure on Linux Mint 16.

    On "sudo apt-get install fuse fuse-exfat exfat-utils", I got:

    "Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies.
    fuse-exfat : Depends: fuse-utils (>= 2.7) but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."

    Any suggestions?