Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to mount Windows shared folders on Linux. You will be surprised how easy it is. Let’s get started.
One of the most common situations we face in a network is file sharing. Although many sysadmins may not like it, it is often the fastest way to share information within the organization.
Previously, we have explained how to install and configure a Samba server which is an important method for this purpose, but being a server, it requires a central Linux machine.
How to do it the other way around? That is to say that it is Windows that shares the folder, you will see.
Mount shared Windows folders on Linux
The first thing to do is to share the folder from Windows. This process is simple, just right-click on the folder and assign appropriate permissions (Total Control).
Then, if you’d like, create a test file.
It is also necessary to know the IP address of the Windows system, or at least the hostname.
Now it is necessary to install a Linux package called
cifs-utils this command is a member of Samba and is a kernel instruction to mount remote resources from Windows.
In the case of Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives, you can install it with this command
sudo apt update sudo apt install cifs-utils
This is enough.
The next step is to create a new folder, which is where we will mount the Windows folder
Of course, you can change the name of the folder to whatever you want. In this case, I put
windows but it can be another one.
Now follow this structure, you can mount the folder
sudo mount.cifs //[Windows-IP]/[shared-folder-name] [folder-to-mount] -o user=[Windows-account]
So for this example, where the IP address of the Windows machine is
192.168.1.103 with a shared folder named
sample and the user
Angelo would look like this
sudo mount.cifs //192.168.1.103/sample /home/angelo/windows/ -o user=Angelo
You will be asked for the password, and the folder will be mounted. The only thing left to do is to access it from the file browser.
As you can see, the process is so easy that it’s scary 🙂
Mounting Windows folders on Linux is easy to do. So, there are not too many excuses not to do it.