Install Samba on Ubuntu 12.04/11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/Linux Mint/other Distro's and share files with samba from Ubuntu to Windows and Windows to Ubuntu

I wrote tutorials on samba a while ago but some people found that is not helpful for them or the method couldn't work properly for them, I also made video on samba sharing.

Now I wrote complete tutorial on samba configuration to share data from Ubuntu Linux to Windows and also Windows to Ubuntu Linux, It means you can access your Ubuntu shared data from Windows and Windows shared data from Linux Ubuntu with/without permissions. Permissions are up to you, if you want you can set permissions.

Install Samba on Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

I used Linux Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Windows 7 in this tutorial, it works for all Linux Ubuntu versions and all Windows Versions.

Method 1: How to access Ubuntu/Linux shared data from Windows
Method 2: How to access Windows shared data from Ubuntu/Linux

>> First of all How to access Ubuntu Shared Data from Windows.

Now go to Dash and search for 'Samba' then open it. As shown in picture.


When Samba Server Configuration open, Click on 'Add +' button then click on browse >home >select user.

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Now go to 'Access' tab and select username from which you want to access sharing.

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Now set password on your selected username for samba sharing. Enter following command to set password (change noobslab with your selected username).

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Now right click on Folder which you want to share on network, then select 'Sharing Options'

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Here is Folder Sharing options, You can choose and write whatever you want to do. Then click on 'Create Share'

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Now open Terminal and enter following command to know your local network ip. (See the picture below and see red marks)

Note your Ubuntu/Linux Machine IP Address


It's time to access your sharing on Windows, Now go to start and open 'Run' then enter ip with double backslash. Like this (\\

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Now sharing will open, Now click on shared folders then windows will ask for samba username and password. You can share without username and password it's up to you.


When you enter the username and password your shared folder will open. You can write/delete/modify whatever you want to do (It's up to your permission implementations).

That's it.

>> Second How to access Windows Shared Data in Ubuntu

In Windows right click on folder which you want to share on network, Then click on 'Advanced Sharing' or 'Sharing'.

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Select your Username or Everyone, I chose my username cause I want sharing restrictions.

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Now click on 'Permissions' button and select options as you want.


Now it's time to check your network ip, open Command prompt or go to 'Run' type 'cmd'.
In Windows Command Prompt write following command to know your local network ip.(See Picture Below)

Note your IP Address.

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Now go to Ubuntu, Open File Browser>File Menu > 'Connect to Server'

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Select 'Windows Share' in Service type and Enter Windows IP Address in 'Server' then click on 'Connect'


Enter your Windows Selected Username and Password, then click on 'Connect'. (Not Samba username Password)


After connect you'll see folders, open your shared drive/folder and enter Windows username and password again. (Not Samba username and password)


Here sharing is accessed, You can write/delete/modify whatever you want to do (It's up to your permission implementations).

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That's it. Enjoy
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