How to share files and folders between Windows 10 and Ubuntu with Samba

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In case you manage two operating systems and want to learn how to make the most of them, you've come to the right place. One of the few things users know is that it is possible to combine both operating systems such as Windows 10 and Ubuntu to transfer documents securely.

That is why in this new opportunity we will tell you in detail about everything you need to know to learn how to share files and folders between Windows 10 and Ubuntu with Samba. You can also use these two operating systems to recover your Windows password with Ubuntu Linux , in just a few steps.



How to share files and folders between Windows 10 and Ubuntu with Samba

      How to install Samba on Ubuntu?

      In this first part we will show you the instructions you must follow to install and configure the Samba server in Ubuntu from the terminal . As you can see, it's a simple process.

      • First you need to open the Ubuntu terminal, for this it will be enough to simultaneously press the Ctrl + Alt + T keys. You can also write the word "Terminal" in the search field.
      • Now, in the terminal you have to enter the following command "sudo apt-get install Samba". Then you have to wait for a few minutes until the download process in installing packages is finished.
      • So you can start System Config Samba by simply entering your user password.

      Steps to set up a shared folder between Windows 10 and Ubuntu

      In this section, you will see the process you need to complete for configure a shared folder between Windows 10 and Ubuntu . You can also have options like connecting Ubuntu to a Windows network with a crossover cable, easy and simple. Once this process is complete, you will almost be able to share files between these two operating systems.



      • To get started you will need to create the folder you want to share between Ubuntu and Windows 10.

      • Then you have to right click on this folder and select the option that says "Local Network Share"
      • Then a window will appear under the title "Folder Sharing". Here you have to click on the “Share this folder” option and then two more checkboxes will be enabled: “Allow others to create and delete files in this folder” and “Guest access (for people without a user account).
      • Remember to activate the two previous boxes and click on the "Create Share" option so that you can share this folder.
      • Now you will see that another window opens where you have to click on the "Automatically add permissions" option. This will apply the permissions on the folder you wish to share.
      • Then two arrows will appear on the folder icon , indicating that it was successfully shared.

      How to access Ubuntu shared folder from Windows 10?

      Next we will show you what you need to do in order to share files and folders between Windows 10 and Ubuntu using the Samba tool. We simply encourage you to follow the instructions to the letter so you don't have any problems.

      • To get started, you need to press the following key combination at the same time "Windows + R" .
      • This will then open a dialog which is used to run a program using a command. In this case you need to enter the following command " IP_AddressName _Shared_Folder ".
      • To know the IP address of your computer you can use the "ifconfig" command. Then click on the "OK" option.
      • Subsequently we will have access to the shared folder, i.e. from this moment you will be able to access from Windows all the contents that we define from Ubuntu
      • Likewise, the files you save to this folder from Windows will be reflected in Ubuntu without any problem.
      • Furthermore, it is also possible to create a shortcut in Windows 10 to quickly consult the files saved in this folder. To do this you need to right-click on the desktop window and select the "New" option first and then "Direct Access" .



      • Now a window will open where you need to specify the path to the folder. Remember that in this case you have to enter the IP address of your Ubuntu machine and the name of the shared folder.
      • To finish, you have to click on the option "Forward" and in this way you will have successfully completed the process to be able to share files and folders between Windows 10 and Ubuntu.

      That's all for today! But remember that you can also install and activate Ubuntu on Windows in just a few steps. If this little tutorial helped you, don't hesitate to share it with all your contacts. Soon!

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