Saturday, January 09, 2016

How to mount exFAT partitions on Ubuntu

It’s been a while since I’ve come across a file system that wasn’t supported by default on Ubuntu Linux. Even NTFS partitions Just Work nowadays. So imagine my surprise when I plugged in a 64GB USB key (my first; I’ve only used 16GB up till now) and Ubuntu gave me this error.

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Oh noes... exFAT don't work out of the box

Thankfully, the open source community already has a ready solution. Finding a fix was a simple Google search away. How-To Geek has a nice simple post on this. I’ll just include the command I’m interested in, here.

~$ sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

After installation is complete, devices using exFAT should work automagically.