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Tuxera Inc.
IndustrySoftware and embedded systems
FoundedFinland (2008)
Key people
Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO
Szabolcs Szakacsits, President and CTO

Tuxera Inc. is a Finnish software company that develops and sells file systems software. Its most popular products are Tuxera NTFS and Tuxera exFAT, both available on a number of platforms including Linux, Android, QNX and macOS. Tuxera's customers include a number of consumer electronics manufacturers in mobile phones, tablets, TVs, set-top boxes, automotive infotainment and storage markets.[1] Tuxera NTFS for Mac provides read/write connectivity to Windows-formatted hard drives for macOS.[2]

The company was founded in 2008 and is currently headquartered in Espoo, Finland. Tuxera's other offices are located in the US, South Korea,[3] Japan, Hungary, Germany, Taiwan and China.


The origin of the company dates back to the open-source NTFS development in the late 1990s. NTFS had been introduced in 1993 by Microsoft as the file system for Windows NT. At that time Anton Altaparmakov emerged as the lead developer and maintainer of the Linux NTFS kernel driver. Meanwhile, Szabolcs Szakacsits continued to lead a platform-independent project under the name NTFS-3G. In 2006, NTFS-3G became the first driver to gain full read and write support. Commercial activity started in 2007 and the company was founded next year. In 2009 the company signed agreements with Microsoft,[4] which was followed by global expansion and establishing the collaboration with chipset vendors and software platform companies.[5]

In February 2011 Tuxera joined the Linux Foundation,[6] which was an expected step as for many years Tuxera has contributed to the Linux kernel.

In July 2019 Tuxera acquired Datalight,[7] to strengthen its internal storage offering and expertise in flash memory and flash management software.

Embedded products[edit]

Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera (formerly Tuxera NTFS)[edit]

Tuxera NTFS is a performance optimized, fail-safe, fully compatible NTFS file system driver. It ships for example in smart TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, routers, NAS and other devices. It is available for Android and other Linux platforms, QNX, WinCE Series 40, Nucleus RTOS and VxWorks. Supported architectures are ARM architecture, MIPS architecture, PowerPC, SuperH and x86.

Microsoft exFAT by Tuxera (formerly Tuxera exFAT)[edit]

Tuxera exFAT technology is used for SDXC memory card support. Tuxera was the first independent vendor to receive legal access to exFAT and TexFAT specifications, source code and verification tools from Microsoft.[8] Tuxera exFAT can be found in automotive infotainment systems, Android phones and tablets from ASUS, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Pantech and others.[9]

Microsoft FAT by Tuxera (formerly Tuxera FAT)[edit]

Tuxera FAT software provides interoperability and support for storage types such as SD memory card, CF card, Memory Stick, SSD, HDD via USB, SATA, eSATA, MMC and others.[10] It is used by chipset and hardware manufacturers, and software and system integrators for full compliance with Microsoft patent licenses and GPL.


NTFS-3G is the original free-software "community edition" driver used widely in Linux distributions, including Fedora, Ubuntu, and others. On April 12, 2011 it was announced that Ntfsprogs project was merged with NTFS-3G.[11]

VelocityFS by Tuxera (formerly Tuxera Flash File System)[edit]

Tuxera also develops and commercializes its own proprietary Flash file system. Due to its fail-safe technology it can be found for instance in vehicles and cars, integrated with the event data recorder to make sure the data recorded from sensors is consistent even in case of a crash.[12]

Tuxera FAT+[edit]

In 2017, Tuxera introduced FAT+,[13] a file system implementation for Universal Flash Storage cards and removable storage that is compatible with FAT32 but without the file size limitation of 4 GiB. It is royalty free for UFS card host devices[14] and a standard recommended by the Universal Flash Storage Association.[15]

Consumer products[edit]


AllConnect is a mobile app that allows to stream music, photos and videos from Android devices to DLNA receivers (smart TVs, set-top-boxes, wireless speakers, etc.). It was launched on November 12, 2013 under the name of Streambels.[16]

Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Tuxera (formerly Tuxera NTFS for Mac)[edit]

Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Tuxera allows macOS computers to read and write NTFS partitions. By default, macOS provides only read access to NTFS partitions. The latest stable version of the driver is 2020.1, which added support for Apple silicon Macs.[17] With the introduction of System Integrity Protection (SIP) by Apple in OS X El Capitan, usage of third-party software in Disk Utility is no longer possible. As a workaround, Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Tuxera ships together with Tuxera Disk Manager[18] to facilitate the format and maintenance of NTFS volumes in macOS. Currently the software supports 13 languages: Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.[19] The software supports 64-bit kernels, including OS X El Capitan.[20] It supports NTFS extended attributes and works with virtualization and encryption solutions including Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion.

SD Memory Card Formatter[edit]

Tuxera, in association with SD Association, developed the official formatting application for Secure Digital memory cards, which is available as a free download for Windows and macOS.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tuxera Shows Example In Finding Your Niche
  2. ^ "Read & write to Windows NTFS partition on Mac". 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ Tuxera Opens Office in Korea - Market Leader in File Systems Expands Service and Support Across Asia
  4. ^ "Tuxera Signs File System IP Agreement with Microsoft".
  5. ^ Suomalaisfirman ohjelmisto löytyy uusista Bemareista ja Mersuista
  6. ^ Reuters Tuxera Joins Linux Foundation (Reuters)
  7. ^ https://nordic9.com/news/tuxera-acquired-datalight-from-us-news2062421531/ Tuxera acquired Datalight from US
  8. ^ James Kendrick, Android, Linux get Large File Handling With Tuxera exFAT
  9. ^ Jani Timonen, "Kotimainen ohjelmistoyritys Tuxera on teknologiaraketti – kasvua yli 6000 prosenttia", Helsingin Sanomat, 14.07.2015. Retrieved 05.10.2015.
  10. ^ Tuxera FAT by Tuxera Inc.
  11. ^ NTFS-3G Merges With NTFSprogs, Plus New Version
  12. ^ Kristen Hall-Geisler, The importance of black boxes in an autonomous automotive future, "TechCrunch", 13.05.2016. Retrieved 15.05.2016.
  13. ^ Tuxera FAT+ File System for Embedded Systems is Compatible with FAT32, Faster, and Supports Files up to 16TB
  14. ^ Mikko Välimäki, Introducing FAT+: A royalty-free file system technology for removable UFS cards, Flash Memory Summit, 10.08.2017. Retrieved 11.01.2018.
  15. ^ Universal Flash Storage Association, Tuxera introduces FAT+, a futureproof and interoperable file system technology for Removable Flash Storage
  16. ^ Streambels App Brings AirPlay and DLNA to Android Phones and Tablets Supports Media Streaming to the Most Popular Smart Devices on the Market
  17. ^ NTFS for Mac Help Center
  18. ^ Tuxera Disk Manager works around El Capitan to format drives that work with Windows
  19. ^ Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2012
  20. ^ RoaringApps - application compatibility for Mac OS X El Capitan
  21. ^ "SD Memory Card Formatter | SD Association". 4 December 2020.