The Linux-NTFS project aims to bring full support for the NTFS filesystem to
the Linux operating system.
Linux-NTFS is copyright (c) 2000-2007 Anton Altaparmakov.
All of the contents of the Linux-NTFS project are free software, released under
the GNU General Public License and you are welcome to redistribute them under
certain conditions. All the libraries and utilities come with ABSOLUTELY NO
WARRANTY; for details read the GNU General Public License to be found in the
file COPYING. Note that while the GNU General Public License is copyrighted by
the Free Software Foundation, the instances of code that it refers to (the
Linux-NTFS project, including the ntfsprogs package containing the NTFS library
(libntfs) and the NTFS utilities (ntfsprogs) and the Linux kernel NTFS driver
are copyrighted by me and others who actually wrote them.
The Linux-NTFS ntfsprogs package currently consists of the NTFS library
(libntfs), the NTFS Gnome VFS module (libntfs-gnomevfs), and various utilities
The Linux-NTFS home page is at:
The SourceForge.net Linux-NTFS project page is at:
The latest Linux-NTFS source code is available from our CVS repositories which
can be found on our SourceForge.net project page.
If you would like to take part in the development of Linux-NTFS, you are
invited to subscribe to the development mailing list,
firstname.lastname@example.org. The easiest way to do this is to visit
the list page on SourceForge at:
If you would like to be kept up to date about new releases and other Linux-NTFS
announcements, subscribe to the linux-ntfs-announce mailing list (very low
volume). The easiest way to do this is to visit the list page on SourceForge
If you obtained the source code from CVS all the autogenerated files will be
missing. To generate them you will need the autoconf, automake, and libtool
packages installed and you will need to run: ./autogen.sh
If you obtained the source code from the tar ball or from a source package
like the .src.rpm for example, in most cases it should be sufficient to do:
make install <-- You usually need to be root for this one.
The above will compile and install the NTFS library and utility programs into
/usr/local/lib and /usr/local/bin respectively. The man pages will be
installed by default in /usr/local/man.
For more detailed installation instructions, please read the file INSTALL.
Note, if you want to enable the additional debugging checks in the code as well
as the output of debugging information, which will be emitted to stdout, you
need to specify the `--enable-debug' option to `configure'.
Provides common NTFS access functions to the ntfsprogs and other foreign
open source applications. Note, that the library is still under development
and not all functionality is included yet.
NTFS Gnome VFS module
The Gnome virtual filesystem provides universal access to diffent filesystems.
This modules enables Gnome VFS clients to seamlessly utilize the NTFS library.
For further details and examples of how to make use of the NTFS Gnome VFS
module in practice see man 8 libntfs-gnomevfs.
The ntfsprogs includes utilities for doing all required tasks to NTFS
partitions. In general, just run a utility without any command line
options to display the version number and usage syntax.
The following utilities are so far implemented:
ntfsfix - Attempt to fix an NTFS partition and force Windows to check NTFS.
mkntfs - Format a partition with the NTFS filesystem. See man 8 mkntfs for
command line options.
ntfslabel - Display/change the label of an NTFS partition. See man 8 ntfslabel
ntfsundelete - Recover deleted files from an NTFS volume. See man 8
ntfsundelete for more details.
ntfsresize - Resize NTFS volumes. See man 8 ntfsresize for details.
ntfsclone - Efficiently create/restore an image of an NTFS partition. See
man 8 ntfsclone for details.
ntfscluster - Locate the owner of any given sector or cluster on an NTFS
partition. See man 8 ntfscluster for details.
ntfsinfo - Show some information about an NTFS partition or one of the files
or directories within it. See man 8 ntfsinfo for details.
ntfsls - List information about files in a directory residing on an NTFS
partition. See man 8 ntfsls for details.
ntfscat - Concatenate files and print their contents on the standard output.
ntfscp - Overwrite files on an NTFS partition.
ntfsmount - Mount an NTFS partition from user-space using libntfs and FUSE.