Raspberry Pi: Samba File Server Setup

A Samba file server enables file sharing across different operating systems over a network.

It lets you access your files on a Raspberry Pi and share them with Windows, Linux and macOS clients.

In this note i will show how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a file server by installing Samba and creating a shared folder.

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Samba File Server on Raspberry Pi

Install Samba:

$ sudo apt-get install samba

During the installation you may be asked:

Modify smb.conf to use WINS settings from DHCP?

In most of the case the answer should be “No” unless you have a multi-homed SMB network.

Create a folder to share:

$ mkdir -p /home/pi/share

To add the new directory as a share, edit the configuration file of Samba:

$ sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Warning: The shares in these examples are accessible without authentication!

At the bottom of the file, add the following lines, to create a Read-Only share:

[share]
   # This share allows anonymous (guest)
   # Read-Only access without authentication!
   comment = Raspberry Pi File Server
   path = /home/pi/share
   read only = yes
   guest ok = yes
   guest only = yes

Read-Write share example:

[share]
   # This share allows anonymous (guest)
   # Read-Write access without authentication!
   comment = Raspberry Pi File Server
   path = /home/pi/share
   writable = yes
   force user = pi
   guest ok = yes
   guest only = yes

Save that file and restart Samba with this command:

$ sudo systemctl restart smbd

Access Samba Share on Raspberry Pi

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To access the shared folder from a Windows machine, open the Windows Explorer and in the address bar type the IP address of your Raspberry Pi followed by the share name:

\\<Raspberry-Pi-IP-address>\share

On a Linux machine with GUI, open the File Browser application and in the address bar type:

smb://<Raspberry-Pi-IP-address>/share

On a macOS device, open up the Finder, click on “Go” -> “Connect to Server” and in the resulting window type the path to the Raspberry Pi’s shared folder in the same format as for the Linux machine in the example above.