How to mount a Windows file share on Ubuntu 13.04


I worked on a project lately where I needed access to a Windows file server. There are two (2) ways of doing this, as a regular user (available only to the person setting it up), and as root (the system administrator). Setting up the connection system-wide using the latter approach will allow read-only access by everyone on the system, but they won't be able to write to it.

Mounting the share in user space

  1. Open the Files file manager.
  2. Files ยป Connect to Server.
  3. For the Server Address, enter the following (where HOSTNAME is the server name and SHARE is the share name):
    • smb://HOSTNAME/SHARE
  4. Hit the Connect button.

The share will now be available in Files on the left sidebar under the Network section, and it will be available from the command-line interface (CLI) over at /run/user/$USER/gvfs/ where $USER is your local user name. I'd recommend adding softlink to more easily access your mounts:

  • ln -s /run/user/$USER/gvfs ~/mounts

For more information, see:

Mounting the share system-wide

This needs be done as the superuser, but the share should be readable by everyone. It will add a package to work the target file system, create a local folder to house the files and finally mount the remote share locally.

  1. sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
  2. sudo mkdir /mnt/LOCAL_SHARE_NAME

For more permanent solutions that will persist after system restarts, have a look at:


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