Connecting to Windows Networks Shares from Ubuntu Desktop

Remote users can connect over the network and access shared files and folders as if they were directly connected to the local machines. This is a convenient way to make files and folders available to other people on your local network.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to access Windows network shares from Ubuntu desktops. When you open Ubuntu file manager, it should find network shares that are automatically advertise across the network.

Ubuntu and other desktop computers should be able to view and connect to the shares… however, if the shares are not advertised, you will need to connect to the shares manually by typing the resource network address. To get started with access Windows shares across the network, follow the guide below:

Access Windows Shares

To browse Windows files over the network, open the Files application from the Activities overview (top left corner) or click File Manager on the dock and click Other Locations in the sidebar.

Connect to a file server

To connect to Windows shares, use the guide below:

  1. In the file manager, click Other Locations in the sidebar.

  2. In Connect to Server, enter the address of the server, in the form of a URL. Details on supported URLs are listed below.

    If you have connected to the server before, you can click on it in the Recent Servers list.

  3. Then click the Click Connect button. The files on the server will be shown. You can browse the files just as you would for those on your own computer. The server will also be added to the sidebar so you can access it quickly in the future.

Windows computers use a proprietary protocol to share files over a local area network. Computers on a Windows network are sometimes grouped into domains for organization and to better control access. If you have the right permissions on the remote computer, you can connect to a Windows share from the file manager.

A typical Windows share URL looks like this:


This how to connect to Windows shares from Ubuntu.


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  1. Dosed work, bad argument!!!

    1. Vladimir Frolov

      you didn’t work it properly: check on windows host proper user names: : net user and use the passwords u’ve set while installing windows

    2. it is working
      lets try smb://

    3. it is working lets try smb://

  2. Vladimir Frolov

    How to set up an ftp:// on the windows host?

  3. Step 1: Install samba
    Step 2: Install ambient
    Step 3: Edit smb.conf file
    Add below lines in amb.conf file
    workgroup = WORKGROUP
    name resolve order = bcast lmhosts host wins
    client max protocol = NT1
    Bottom line uncomment replace ladmin by WORKGROUP
    save document
    Step 4: Install Nautilus share
    Step 5 : Restart your machine
    It should work

    1. Sorry it’s not ambient, its smbclient. Same, not amb.conf…it’s smb.conf

  4. it is working if you know the exact path of shared windows drive.

  5. Nilan shashintha

    Yep, It’s working………………..Thank you

  6. Jefferson Santiago

    Hi! I can connect to the shared folder of my Windows Server to Ubuntu using samba and the step you’ve posted but my question is can we do this on Terminal instead of doing it on GUI? If yes, how?

  7. It doesn’t work with hidden windows share, i.e. when the share name ends with a “$”.
    I tried included a \$, it doesn’t work neither.

  8. it would help if you told us what you mean by “Servername” and “Share_name”.

  9. Seem to have correct parameters but then get message “Password required for share ***MYFILE** on **SERVER NAME” – i.e. appears to make a connection. Connect as Anonymous or Registered User. Only appears to accept Registered User but my PASSWORD doesn’t appear to be accepted. I use my system login password. Do I have to register somewhere?

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