NewSupport for modern Linux kernels and distributions
Support for Linux kernel versions 2.6.36 up to 4.4.x. Automatic driver rebuild for a newer supported kernel with the DKMS library.
NewImproved NTFS file system support
(including compatibility with Windows 10 NTFS)
Supported NTFS features (see also "Compatibility"):
NTFS versions 1.2, 3.0 and 3.1 (Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8.1, Windows 10);
Compressed files support;
Sparse files support.
NewImproved HFS+ support (including
compatibility with OS X El Capitan HFS+)
Supported HFS+ features (see also "Compatibility"):
Full support for the native HFS+ journal.
NewImproved support for very large
Implementation of changes into driver and file system utilities to provide a more user-friendly behavior by default, without the need for additional options, when working with very large volumes (16TB and larger). NTFS&HFS+ for Linux 9.4 confirmed to work on 20 TB physical and 25 TB virtual volumes in the Paragon lab.
NewImproved TRIM/discard support for
Use the ‘discard’ mount option to enable TRIM support on the SSD storages mounted by Paragon driver to improve performance.
Transparent read/write access to NTFS/HFS+ volumes
Kernel modules provide support for both NTFS and HFS+ file systems.
64-Bit architecture support
Both x86 and x86-64 CPUs are supported.
Extended SMP support
Support for SMP kernels (multiprocessor systems).
Share your data over network
Share volumes mounted by NTFS&HFS+ for Linux via SAMBA.
Low CPU load during data transfers
Reduced CPU load and memory consumption.
Automatic NTFS/HFS+ volumes mounting on Linux platform
Mount any NTFS/HFS+ volumes like native Linux ones automatically.
No file or volume size limitations
There are no limitations to maximum file and volume size (but within Linux kernel and NTFS/HFS+ limitations).
Support of non-Roman characters and languages
File and folder names in national languages, including Asian. Codepage for filename translation is specified via mount options.
Additional NTFS utilities:
mkntfs utility─format any partition as NTFS under Linux;
chkntfs utility─check NTFS partition integrity and fix errors.
Additional HFS+ utilities:
mkhfs utility─format any partition as HFS+ under Linux;
chkhfs utility─check HFS+ partition for integrity and fix errors.
Reading and writing compressed files is fully supported in both sequential and random orders.
Encrypted files are read encrypted. During copy operation, file data streams will be copied encrypted with the decryption capability loss.
When copying from NTFS to Linux FS: all additional streams will not be copied, along with the compression flag and security attributes.
Any link will be copied as a full file with its body, losing link information.
NTFS stores filenames in UTF-16 encoding. This may cause confusion when very long filenames containing non-Latin characters are used and UTF-8 is selected as default kernel codepage.
Both case sensitive and case insensitive types of HFS+ file system are supported.
Only the ‘data’ fork is copied during a file copy operation on Linux (using cp command).
This product supports x86 and x86-64 architectures.
Paragon Software Group also offers drivers for other architectures where Linux can be used. For example:
Processor: Intel Pentium 300 MHz and higher, or compatible
Both 32- and 64-bit CPUs are supported
RAM: 32 MB
HDD: 10 MB
☛ (Thanks to its unique technology, our NTFS&HFS+ for Linux driver has low system requirements. For example, the driver only requires 650KB of free RAM to work with NTFS partitions larger than 250 GB. Kernel driver modules themselves take up around 800 KB of RAM.)
Supported Linux Kernels
Currently, the product supports Linux kernels from 2.6.36 up to 4.4.x.
Due to the ever-changing nature of Linux, using newer Linux kernels may require changes to the product. Thus, compatibility of this release with kernels later than 4.4.x, as well as with highly customized kernels cannot be guaranteed. Users of customized kernels can test Express edition of the product on their systems before buying Professional edition. To keep up with the changes in Linux kernel, our product is also updated frequently. Thus, this website may not contain the most up-to-date information. Please contact our support department to get the most up-to-date list of supported Linux kernels.
Supported Linux Distributions
The following Linux distributions have been tested in the Paragon test lab:
A development environment is required to compile the Linux drivers. Please make sure that you have installed: