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How to View an NTFS File on Mac

Want to view an NTFS file on Mac? Yes, this post will disclose the two freeways to view and edit Windows NT file systems on macOS devices.


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Updated by Tracy King on Dec 19, 2023
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For people who often move back and forth between Windows and macOS, cross-platform incompatibility is a huge concern, especially if you want to use NTFS files on Mac.

But no need to worry; this post will show Mac users two free ways to view and edit NTFS files. So, let's get started.

Can I View an NTFS File on Mac?

The answer is Yes. Mac users can view NTFS formatted files, but they can only read them. It means users can not edit, copy, paste, remove or create an NTFS file on Mac machines.

That's because NTFS, also known as New Technology File System, is the default file system for Windows operating systems. Therefore, Apple has only allowed Mac users to read in NTFS format.

Thus, if you only want to view NTFS files on Mac, simply connect the NTFS USB drive to a device and view files. But to edit or transfer USB files, third-party program or technical command knowledge is required.

Why is NTFS File Format Good for Mac?

The NTFS file format isn't Mac compatible, but still, many users prefer to use NTFS files instead of other file formats. Besides the latest technology, NTFS offers various other benefits, such as:

  • Large files: NTFS allows users to store large and bulky files and folders on the external hard drive.
  • Compression: NTFS lets individual compression of files and folders to prevent the system from slowing down.
  • Security: While other file formats like FAT32 only offer shared permissions, the NTFS format enables users to set specific permissions for individual files and folders.
  • Save space: NTFS can establish disk quotas to limit the space users can access when a hard disk runs out of space.
  • Automatic restores: Using the log file and checkpoint information, NTFS can automatically restore the consistency of the files.

How Do I View/Open NTFS File for Free

If you want to open the same NTFS files on Mac and Windows, it is possible. Here are the two free methods to view NTFS files on Mac:

Method 1. Use EaseUS NTFS for Mac

 The best and free tool to access NTFS files on Mac is EaseUS NTFS for Mac. It is a highly safe and fast program that can provide read-write access to NTFS on Mac.

The EaseUS offers full read-write support to copy, delete, edit, rename, move or rename NTFS files on Mac. The software can also help to mount and unmount Windows NTFS drives from Mac's status bar. It works with all the leading MacOS versions and external drives to seamlessly access NTFS on Mac.

Main Highlights

  • Get a full read-write NTFS support.
  • It is a powerful yet easy-to-use utility tool.
  • It helps to move, delete or edit Microsoft NTFS volumes with a click.
  • A 7-day free trial.
  • Users can safely force eject external drives with this tool.
  • EaseUS works on the M1-based Mac devices.
  • It is also compatible with macOS Big Sur and older macOS versions.
  • The software also supports APFS, FAT, HFS+, and other file formats.
  • You can use this software to access NTFS USB drives, SSDs, SD Card, CF Card and more.


  • Easy to use.
  • No technical knowledge is required.
  • Suitable for both budget and power users.


  • Free trial for 7 days only.

Here's how to view NTFS files on Mac using EaseUS NTFS for Mac:

Step 1. Launch and activate EaseUS NTFS for Mac. Click "I already have a license" to unlock this software.

Activate EaseUS NTFS for Mac

Step 2. Connect an NTFS drive to Mac, EaseUS NTFS for Mac will automatically detect the device. Select your drive and you'll see it's now marked as 'Read-only". Click "Enable Writable" to add read and write rights to the drive.

enable writable write to NTFS drive

Step 3. When the state of NTFS drives turns into "Writable".

Make changes to saved files on NTFS drive

Step 4. EaseUS NTFS for Mac will pops up a window to help Mac get access to the NTFS drive:

  1. 1. Select "Full Disk Access", click the Lock icon and enter admin password to unlock it.
  2. 2. Select the two icons of NTFS for Mac.
  3. 3. Drag them to the "Full Disk Access" list.
  4. 4. Click " Quit & Restore" to re-launch EaseUS NTFS for Mac.
Gain NTFS access

Step 5. When EaseUS NTFS for Mac restarts, you can then open to check, read, write, and even modify saved data on the NTFS device.

Read,write, open, and modify files on NTFS drives

Method 2. Run Command Lines to Enable Write Access

Not many people know that Apple has added the experimental NTFS write support. This feature is disabled by default, but you can run some command lines in Terminal to activate the NTFS write support for Mac.

But keep one thing in mind, it is an experimental and unstable feature. It may cause disk corruption or permanent data loss. Therefore, the Terminal to view NTFS files isn't a recommended method.

If you are curious about enabling Apple NTFS to write support, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to the Applications > Utilities > Terminal > Terminal program.

Step 2. On the Terminal app, type "sudo nano /etc/fstab" to edit the fstab file.

Step 3. Next, type "LABEL=VOLUME_NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse" and press "Control + O" to write.

run command lines to enable write access

Step 4. Press Enter and then "Control + X" to exit the window.

Step 5. Safely eject the NTFS drive and reconnect to the Mac.

Step 6. Go to "Go to Folder" from the top left menu and type in "/Volumes."

Step 7. Open the NTFS files and start editing them.

Parting Thoughts

It is possible to view NTFS files on Mac for free. We have already discussed two options to access NTFS drives on macOS. But, we would recommend readers to go for the first option.

The reason?

EaseUS NTFS for Mac is a simple and easy solution to mount NTFS drives via Mac's status bar. On the contrary, enabling Apple's NTFS to write support using the Terminal is highly technical and risky. It can even corrupt your drive.

Therefore, we suggest using the free EaseUS NTFS for Mac to view NTFS files on Mac. But rest is your choice.