Ubuntu – How to get a drive formatted with exfat working


In Ubuntu 13.04 there was an option to use the PPA by Relan in order to get ExFat functionality. Seeing that in Ubuntu this functionality is now available from the repositories without the PPA I tried this but failed to make it work.

So my question is how do I enable exfat support?

Best Answer

  • Turns out the packages from the official repositories do the trick. Just install exfat-utils and exfat-fuse packages using the package manager of your choice, or just using apt-get from the command line:

    sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

    This should delivery a working exfat file system (read and write support, but not formatting the drives with exfat via Gnome Disks and GParted).

    From 13.04+ it hasn't been necessary but if you're using 12.04 you might need to reboot your computer before you can mount your exfat partition. If it isn't working for you after installing the packages, try rebooting.

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