Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to Mount EXFAT partition on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

To mount exfat partition on Ubuntu, simply install the necessary packages:
$ sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

If you need to mount it from the command line, you could do
$ sudo mkdir /media/exfat
$ sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdxx /media/exfat
where /dev/sdxx could be /dev/sda1 or /dev/sda2, or so on.

If you are not sure whether the exfat partition you are looking for is /dev/sda1 or /dev/sda2, then you could also run

This should do it!


  1. Worked like charm! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Hi, I'm doing something wrong but not sure what. Also I'm booting from a flash drive, not sure if that means i can't do this?

    here is the error I'm getting

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package exfat-utils is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Unable to locate package exfat-fuse
    E: Package 'exfat-utils' has no installation candidate

    thanks for any help

    1. Hi, which version of Ububtu is it? You may wabt to try solutions here:

  3. i'm in ubuntu 16.04 and get a error

    FUSE exfat 1.2.3
    ERROR: exFAT file system is not found.

    and i have the packages

    exfat-fuse is already the newest version (1.2.3-1).
    exfat-utils is already the newest version (1.2.3-1).
    fuse is already the newest version (2.9.4-1ubuntu3.1).

  4. It was necessary to format the usb drive in the windows (it has extfat) to recognize in ubuntu 16.04

  5. Hi,I got exactly the same error as Eric Koehler. It works fine previously on my previous OS (Zorin OS 9) but now that I have updated to Zorin OS 12, I got that error :(

    1. I did this on Ubuntu only, so I can't really help you with Zorin OS. Perhaps you may want to take a look at

  6. Thanks a ton boss, worked like a charm. I was having problem opening my exFat formatted USB drive, your solution of simple apt-get install command was the only thing that was needed. Bless you sir

  7. On xubuntu 16.04 lts it works. After installing exfat-fuse packages exfat partition was mounted from gnome disks gui as well from cli.

    Thanks for advise.

  8. Appreciate this... Worked for me, new 8TB USB drive on 16.04