Easy File Sharing with Smb Quick-Start on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena LTS

February 8, 2017 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Linux Mint Samba Server Quick Start

Hello Mint User! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How to Getting-Started Easily to Sharing Files/Videos/Pictures over a Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS Local Network on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena LTS 32/64-bit GNU/Linux Desktop.

The Basic Setup Proposed here Skip All the Tricky Steps to Get only Started Quickly and Easily Sharing Stuff on Network!

The Sharing Directory will be in this Simple Case Read-Only to keep always the System Security Invulnerable.

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.

Getting-Started with Samba Server on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena - Featured
  1. Open a Shell Terminal emulator window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Linux Mint smb File Sharing - Open Terminal
  2. How to Install a Samba Server on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena

    Samba Server Installation Guide
  3. On Server Side Edit the Samba Config File

    sudo su

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

    nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

    Append something Like:

       comment = Sharing Directory
       path = /home/[myUser]/sharing
       browseable = yes
       read only = yes
       guest ok = yes

    Just Replace [myUser] with your Real username!

    Ctrl+x to Save & Exit from nano Editor :)

  4. Making the Sharing Directory

    mkdir /home/[myUser]/sharing
    chown [myUser]:[myUser] /home/sharing

    Change [myUser] with Your User name!

  5. Restarting Samba & Winbind Services

    service nmbd restart
    service smbd restart
  6. Setting Permissions over Shared Contents

    chmod +r /home/[myUser]/sharing/[mySharedFile]

    To Set on All Files use

    chmod -R +r /home/[myUser]/sharing/*
  7. Find the Server IP on Terminal


    Find the Server IP usually under eth0 >> inet addr: Line
    Samba File Sharing Quick Start on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena - Find IP on Terminal

  8. On the Client Side Connect to Server on File Manager:

    On a Ubuntu Client it Looks like (For Other OSes Search for Docs/Apps on Google…)
    Ubuntu 18.1 Serena Samba File Sharing Quick Start - File Manager Connect to Server
    Enter the Server IP as:


    Easy File Sharing on Linux Mint 18.1 Serena with Samba - Enter Server IP
    Then You should be Happily Connected to Server Sharing Directory :)
    Linux Mint 17.03 Samba Connection to Server - Success

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