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Stable release
2.0.0 / September 29, 2007 (2007-09-29)
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeFile system utilities
LicenseGNU GPL
Websitewww.linux-ntfs.org/doku.php?id=ntfsprogs at the Wayback Machine (archived May 22, 2008)

Ntfsprogs is a collection of free Unix utilities for managing the NTFS filesystem used by the Windows NT operating system (since version 3.1) on a hard disk partition. 'ntfsprogs' was the first stable method of writing to NTFS partitions in Linux.[1]

All NTFS versions are supported, used by 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. ntfsprogs remains a popular way of interacting with NTFS partitions and is included by most Linux distributions[2] and on Live CDs. There are also versions that have been compiled for Windows.

On April 12, 2011 Tuxera announced that Ntfsprogs project was merged with NTFS-3G.[3]

Included programs[edit]

  • mkntfs - Create an NTFS volume on a partition
  • ntfscat - Print a file on the standard output
  • ntfsclone - Efficiently backup a volume at the sector level
  • ntfscluster - Given a cluster, or sector, find the file
  • ntfsfix - Forces Windows to check NTFS at boot time
  • ntfsinfo - Dump a file's attributes, completely
  • ntfslabel - Display or set a volume's label
  • ntfslib - Move all the common code into a shared library
  • ntfsls - List directory contents
  • ntfsresize - Resize an NTFS volume
  • ntfsundelete - Find files that have been deleted and recover them
  • ntfswipe - Write zeros over the unused parts of the disk
  • ntfsdefrag - Defragment files, directories and the MFT
  • ntfsck - Perform consistency checks on a volume
  • ntfsdiskedit - Walk the tree of NTFS ondisk structures (and alter them)
  • nttools - Command-line tools to view/change an offline NTFS volume, e.g. ntfscp, ntfsgrep, ntfstouch, ntfsrm, ntfsrmdir, ntfsmkdir.

Other programs are included, but are very basic in functionality and/or intended for developers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shilliday, Barry (2007-04-17), "Running other operating systems alongside Linux", Personal Computer World, retrieved 2008-05-29
  2. ^ Mathes, Steven (2007-02-01), "The Interoperability Power of Linux-NTFS Tools", Linux Journal, retrieved 2008-05-29
  3. ^ Release: NTFS-3G + NTFSPROGS 2011.4.12

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