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:

  1. Launch Files application.
  2. Go to Other Locations from the sidebar menu.
  3. 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 button.
  4. Click on the folder that you want to access.
  5. Click Connect with Anonymous 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.
  6. Begin accessing files and folders made available by the remote host.
  7. Click the eject icon to unmount the shared folder once you're done.
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