How To Install Samba File Server on Ubuntu 20.04

A Samba enables file sharing across different operating systems over a network (LAN or INTERNET). Samba supports sharing between Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. For HTPC samba can be used to share content between your NAS to Jellyfin or Plex media server.

Install and Update Ubuntu 20.04

Update the packages to the latest available version on Ubuntu 20.04

sudo apt update; sudo apt upgrade -y

Installing Samba

Install samba 4 from official repository, the current stable version of Samba is version 4

sudo apt install samba -y

Add Samba User

Samba use linux user account as it’s user by default, we’wont be able to create samba user without create linux user account first. I’d set samba password for my current user atetux

sudo smbpasswd -a atetux

create samba user

Config Samba

First, create a folder to share the content

mkdir ~/Data

at the bottom of /etc/samba/smb.conf append

    comment = Samba File Sharing
    path = /home/USERNAME/Data
    read only = no
    browsable = yes

replace USERNAME with your current username.
samba file sharing config

Restart and Enable Samba on Boot

sudo systemctl restart smbd
sudo systemctl enable smbd

Open Samba Sharing

From Windows Explorer open \\SERVER-IP
open samba file sharing on windows

On Thunar File Manager or Nautilus enter smb:// on address bar
thunar open file sharing samba

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