Folder sharing enables users within the same network to manage and access files on a dedicated server or between desktops, promoting seamless collaboration and efficient file management. This feature is vital for productivity and teamwork, ensuring that essential documents and resources are easily accessible.

The SMB (Server Message Block) protocol, also known as CIFS (Common Internet File System), is widely used for folder sharing in local networks. This protocol allows interoperability between Windows, macOS, and Linux systems, including Ubuntu, ensuring full integration and utilization of network resources.

In Ubuntu, the Samba package facilitates access to SMB/CIFS shared folders using the default Files application. This allows users to connect to Windows shared folders or other network shares easily, enhancing cross-platform file sharing and collaboration.

Steps to access SMB or CIFS share from Ubuntu Desktop:

  1. Launch the 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 Connect.
  4. Select the folder you want to access.
  5. Click Connect with Anonymous selected or enter login details if required.
  6. Access the files and folders made available by the remote host.
  7. Click the eject icon to unmount the shared folder once done.

This guide is tested on Ubuntu:

Version Code Name
22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish
23.10 Mantic Minotaur
24.04 LTS Noble Numbat
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