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Samba Setup on Raspberry Pi

How to install and setup Samba on the Raspberry Pi
Created: 01/12/2016 | Last Updated: 16/10/2019

This page details how to setup network file sharing using Samba on your Raspberry Pi to enable you to share files with Windows or OSX computers on your network using the SMB protocol.

Step 1: Open a terminal window and at the command prompt run this code to install Samba and Samba common.

sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin

Step  2. Next you need to edit the samba.conf file to change your samba settings using nano.

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

You need to find the wins support line and if there is a # at the beginning of the line you need to remove it to uncomment the text.

workgroup = your_workgroup_name
wins support = yes

You can change the workgroup name to match your home or office network.

You need to add the following code to the section called Share Definitions, the path line specifies the share path on your Raspberry Pi.

comment= Pi Home
only guest=no
create mask=0777
directory mask=0777

Save your changes to the smb.conf file.

Step 3. Now you need to set the password for samba using the following command:

sudo smbpasswd -a pi

Step 4: Restart samba with the following command and your new Raspberry Pi share should appear on your Windows or OSX network.

sudo service smbd restart
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