How to solve the “unknown filesystem type exfat” problem

exFATIf you are getting the following dialog: Unable to mount XX GB Filesystem Error mounting: mount: unknown filesystem type ‘exfat’ You need to install ExFat support in Ubuntu. You can do that by simply running the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:relan/exfat
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fuse-exfat

41 thoughts on “How to solve the “unknown filesystem type exfat” problem

  1. Perfect. Got the error, found this page, made the fix and walla!
    You did make a typo in the last line, sduo should be sudo.

    Thanks again

  2. Your info is good and I actually got it via someone else. I have 140 odd Gb of files tied up an a external portable HDD and having to copy them over and reformat this ridiculous Microsoft formatting. It has resurrected my hate for Bill Gates (the phenomenon not neccesarily the person!). BUT why doesnt my latest Ubunto automatically recocnise this file sytem – or even find a way of reformatting the drive with the files still intact so that it can be read by anyone.

  3. Dude, you saved my life – had just installed ubuntu and went to read external drive and got this error – thank you sooooo much for sorting this out so I can use my external hard drives……..LEGENDARY

  4. the package to be installed seems to be exfat-fuse rather than fuse-exfat.
    My synaptic manager shows only exfat-fuse version0.9.7-2 (april 20 2013)


  5. Thank you so much, it saved me to reformat my SD card, thinking that something went wrong

    from Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

  6. Recently scrubbed Windows and installed Linux (what took me?!) and had some movie files saved on an exFAT USB. Found this – thankyou!

  7. Thank you, it works perfect on Fedora 19, I used this command: yum install fuse-exfat. You need use sudo or be root and add the rpmfusion or the russianfedora-free repo in order to install exfat compatibility.


  8. I simply installed exfat-fuse in my Mint 15 system and was then able to mount my USB thumb drive. Did: “apt-get install exfat-fuse”. Problem solved. Thanks to vidyadhara buddhiraju for mentioning the correct package name in his earlier comment dated 2013-04-20 10:18.

  9. Thank you very much for the workaround. It helped not only me but all these users here.

    Why should this even be a problem in the first place, though ? I’ve tried very hard to like Linux since 8 years but there’s always one of these issues:
    1) Problem with display
    2) Problem with booting/shutting down cleanly
    3) Problem with a USB drive access
    4) Something other than the 3 above but as equally common and taken for granted.
    “It’s the user, stupid”, “Well, you got it for free!”, “Well, if you don’t like it, don’t use it”, “Well, if you don’t like it, change it!” is all well and good.

  10. thanks man! im new to the Linux system and didnt realize that i had to run each command seperatly. Once i figured that out it works perfect. THanks!!!

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