Folder sharing enables others in the same network to access and edit files. It could be shared from a dedicated server or between desktop users.
Folders can be shared in a local network using CIFS/SMB protocol. CIFS/SMB folder sharing works between people using different operating systems such as Windows, macOS, and Linux.
On Windows, it's done via the File and printer sharing feature, while SAMBA package provides the same functionality for Linux and other Unix-based operating systems, including macOS. You can access CIFS/SMB shared folder from a Ubuntu desktop directly from the default Files application.
Steps to access SMB or CIFS share from Ubuntu Desktop:
Go to Other Locations
from the sidebar menu.
Click on the hosts listed in the Networks
section or enter the IP
address with the smb://
protocol prefix of the host and click on the Connect
Click on the folder that you want to access.
selected if anonymous login is allowed by the server or click on the Registered User
radio button, enter login details for the server, and click Connect
Begin accessing files and folders made available by the remote host.
Click the eject icon to unmount the shared folder once you're done.
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