Is it possible to mount an exFAT filesystem on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6, 7, 8


  • Is it possible to mount an exFAT filesystem on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?


Red Hat Enterprise Linux does not support exFAT filesystem. Therefore, it won't be able to mount exFAT filesystem in a supported method.

For an unsupported method, you can use the EPEL, nux or another third-party repository. Please research external resources for how to enable this step.

Once that repository is enabled, it's possible to install the required packages.

# yum install -y exfat-utils fuse fuse-exfat
# mkfs.exfat /dev/sdc1  
mkexfatfs 1.2.7
Creating... done.
Flushing... done.
File system created successfully.

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, there is no exFAT support in EPEL yet.

Note: Using exFAT will mean that any service or process that accesses this drive will become unsupported.

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Helpful only in that it told me that it wasn't supported, it's possible to do in other distros

Supported or not, here we go...

sudo -i
yum group install 'Development Tools'
yum install fuse-devel
cd /usr/local/src && git clone
cd exfat
autoreconf --install
./configure --prefix=/usr
make && make install
make clean

In the GUI, the device becomes available automatically. Without the GUI...

tail -f /var/log/messages

Plug in the expat drive. Note the device name. [CTRL]+[C] out of tail.

sudo mount.exfat-fuse /dev/$sdXn /$mount_point

Updated steps of @Christopher Cover:

sudo -i
yum group install 'Development Tools'
yum install fuse-devel gcc autoconf automake git
cd /usr/local/src && git clone
cd exfat
autoreconf --install
./configure --prefix=/usr
make && make install
make clean

Now you should be able to mount exfat (Works from GUI too)

Confirmed this works RHEL 8

A slightly easier solution is to install exfat-utils and fuse-exfat.

Disclaimer: these are from the nux-dextop third-party repo in Romania. It has a "use at your own risk" disclaimer on its home page. It has been approved by the CentOS community. The packages are available for CentOS/RHEL 6 and 7, but not for 5.

Enable the EPEL repository if you haven't done so already, see this solution.

Enable the nux-dextop repo:

[for RHEL 7]    yum install
[for RHEL 6]    yum install

Install the packages:

yum install exfat-utils fuse-exfat

To mount an exfat drive, find the partition or drive you want to mount using "cat /proc/partitions" or "tail /var/log/messages" or "file -s /dev/sd*" or similar. Exfat USB sticks are typically not partitioned, so that the drive (/dev/sdX) will likely not have any partitions under it in /proc/partitions.

mount /dev/sdX /$mount_point

or if it is partitioned,

mount /dev/sdXn /$mount_point

this also works on RHEL 8 (use the RHEL 7 link)

I am just trying my hands on RHEL 7 as a developer subscription for a year. I have been able to mount exFAT drives, as all my external HDDs are formatted in exFAT.

Since Microsoft and Red Hat Inc are all buddy-buddy now, perhaps Microsoft could grant Red Hat permission to move fuse-exfat & exfat-utils from RPMFusion into EPEL & Fedora repos?

Since you wrote that, Microsoft have joined the Open Invention Network[1], which I would imaging would make exFAT support less of a legal snag?


Right now they get moolah from exfat licensing so I doubt it.

Thank you sir it is working well after the instruction followed