I have an external drive that holds an ext3 partition, which is shared on the network via NFS. Problem is, I can't see this drive on my MacBook after I mount this via Directory Utility.

Does anyone have a working setup of an ext3 partition mounted on OS X Leopard (10.5) (even as an ext2 partition) ? Are there any free packages to add ext3 filesystem support to OS X Leopard ?

2 Answers 2


There is this discussion at InsanelyMac -- Mount ext3 partitions in OS X
Another discussion at MacRumors -- Anybody understand how ext2fsx works?

  1. Get ext2fsx from Sourceforge

    • Mount as ext2

    mount -t ext2 /dev/disk0s3 /Volumes/linux1

Update: Check reference by Mikko in the other answer -- fuse-ext2

  • ext2fsx cannot be installed on a MacBook running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
    – viam0Zah
    Feb 17, 2010 at 14:42
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    This has been superceded by fuse-ext2 project (see below) Feb 10, 2012 at 22:39

Use FUSE for OS X and the fuse-ext2 module to read and write ext2 and ext3 systems.


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