I have seen users facing the problem of sharing their files and folders on Ubuntu while on a Local Area Network. Ubuntu users caught in a crowd of Windows PCs on the network often face the problem – “Others can’t access my files and folders on the network”. This refrains them from using Ubuntu and switch back to Windows.

Well, one simple solution to this is installing Samba Client on your Ubuntu machine. For that, use the command line.

sudo apt-get install smbclient

Make sure you are connected to the internet and proxy configuration, if any, is done on the command line. If everything is well, it will install Samba Client on your system. After this, use the command line


This will open a neat graphical utility to share your files and folders. After unlocking this window by entering your system password, you can simply drag-and-drop your files to share them. You will also get the option to uncheck the Read Only check box to make your files and folders writable by other users on the network.

Happy sharing!

Tanay Mathpal

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