How to install support for several file systems at once in Ubuntu

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For all of you Windows users, extending your arsenal of file system support is a challenging task. Luckily, it is rather easy to install support for multiple file systems at once in Ubuntu.

To begin, I recommend installing GParted:

sudo apt-get install gparted

Now open gparted:

sudo gparted or System > Administration > GParted Partition Editor

Now, from the menu you will open, View > File System Support.


GParted menu Ubuntu

You will see a chart with file systems and the various levels of support for them. Unless you have previously installed support for some of these file systems, you will be rather limited as to what you can do with each, as depicted by the chart. The "Required Software" tab on the far right lists the packages that you need to install in order to gain support for each.

GParted file system support Ubuntu



Run this command to install support for the listed file systems:

sudo apt-get install e2fsprogs dosfstools mtools hfsutils hfsprogs jfsutils util-linux ntfsprogs reiser4progs reiserfsprogs xfsprogs

That's all there is to it. Let's take a look at the chart after running the previous command:


GParted file system support Ubuntu After


While it may not be full support for every file system, it definitely increases the support significantly.


Makes adding the ability to read other file systems a breeze. I used this and was able to view the other filesystems quite easily.

Reiserfs should be destroyed just like the creator did to his family..

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