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How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

Note: Newest Kernel 5.7.0 will support NTFS and ExFat out of the box!

Try connecting an exFAT-formatted drive without installing the required software and you’ll often see “Unable to mount” error message saying “unknown file system type: ‘exfat’.”

Even (still) with the latest Linux Ubuntu 17.10, the same cryptic error is displayed. Searching in Ubuntu Software for exFat return nothing. Damn! normal users are lost and go back to Windows / MacOS. My next move was to google for a response, which I found of course:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

If Linux want to get more desktop shares, all theses App Store, Ubuntu Software, Gnome Software, KDE Discover need to work on content instead of losing time arguing for the next icons set, wallpaper or even distribution name!

BTW I ❤ my Ubuntu 17.10 on AMD1950x!

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.