How To Mount An exFAT Drive On Linux

How To Mount An exFAT Drive On Linux

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In this tutorial, we are going to show the method to mount and use and exFAT drive on Linux operating system. exFAT has been adopted by the SD Card Association, hence making it as a default filesystem in most of the SD cards or memory chips.

Important things to know is that  Linux distributions don’t provide the proprietary file support by default. As exFAT is also a proprietary, This is the reason why you see the mount error with exFAT files.

We can see “Unable to mount” error message saying “unknown file system type: ‘exfat’.” while accessing SD cards. Error message will be something like below:

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/omgfoss/memostick: Command-line `mount -t “exfat” -o “uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1001,gid=1001,iocharset=utf8,namecase=0,errors=remount-ro,umask=0077” “/dev/sdb1” “/media/omgfoss/memostick”‘ exited with non-zero exit status 32: mount: unknown filesystem type ‘exfat’


We can easily mount and use an exFAT drive on Linux based operating system but we need to install a packages .

How To Mount An exFAT Drive On Linux

Run the following command to install required packages in your Linux system. On Ubuntu and similar distributions, you can execute the following command. Following command will install “exfat-fuse” and “exfat-utils” packages in your system.

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils



It Will Mount exFAT Drives Automatically

After you’ve installed the required packages, Linux will mount exFAT drives automatically.

Fedora based distributions

Run the following command after you have enabled rpmfusion.

sudo dnf -y install fuse-exfat

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