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Sharing Files between Linux Mint and Windows 10

Posted in Linux, Windows2 years ago • Written by Shais7 Comments

This is about how do sharing files between Linux and Windows. Previously I have written an article for sharing files between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10. Another article about create network with Linux and Windows. But now you can read this about share files via Linux Mint to Windows 10 and Windows to 10 Linux Mint. This could be the final article about sharing files between Linux and Windows. Because this article going to cover file sharing on all Linux distro and Windows clients.

  1. How to Share Files Between Ubuntu and Windows 10?
  2. How to Network Linux and Windows?

These two articles will help to solve most of your network and files sharing problems between Linux and Windows. So if specifically you want to know sharing files via Linux Mint to Windows 10, follow this step by step article to share files between Linux and Windows.

How to Share Files via Linux Mint to Windows 10?

No matter what Linux distro you are using, the Samba file server works perfectly the same for all Linux operating system. Just try to learn how to use this simple files server on your favorite Linux distribution.

To share files between Linux Mint and Windows 10, firstly you must install Samba files server on Linux Mint it it’s not installed yet. By default the Samba files server is installed on Linux Mint. So just try to share files.

1. Set IP address to Linux Mint or get it from DHCP server. I have connect my computer through a Wireless Router, so all machines get their IP address automatically.

Linux Mint Interface Configuration

Linux Mint Interface Configuration

2. If the Samba is not installed, try to install from software manager or Terminal command line with below command.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install samba

The Software Manger on Linux Mint is another option that help you to install Samba.

Linux Mint Software Manager

Linux Mint Software Manager

3. Create and share a folder on Linux Mint. This shared folder will be reachable from Windows 10 machine. To share a folder, right click the folder and select Properties. On the Properties window select Share tab and tick the check box of Share this folder.

Share Files via Linux Mint to Windows 10

Share Files via Linux Mint to Windows 10

Change the permission to allow others to create and delete files in this folder also. Or the guest user have access to this Linux Mint shared folder. Finally click Close to close all opened windows and go Windows 10.

4. On Windows 10 make sure the IP address is configured correctly. Then try to enable network discovery from Network Settings. From Windows 10 Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network and Sharing Center select Advanced sharing settings. Finally expand the Guest or Public profile and select Turn on network discovery.

Enable Network Discovery on Windows 10

Enable Network Discovery on Windows 10

5. Now open the Network place from Windows 10 desktop or from Windows File explorer and all machines must be listed like below screenshot.

Windows 10 Network Place

Windows 10 Network Place

The LM is the Linux Mint machine. Open your Linux machine and see the shared folder. Yes the file or folder has been shared successfully from Linux Mint to Windows. Let do sharing files via Windows to Linux.

Sharing Files via Windows 10 to Linux

It’s for Linux users that are not familiar with Windows environment. Sharing files are the same but the interfaces are different.

1. Make sure your Windows is ready for sharing files. The network discovery and Public File Sharing must be enabled on Windows 10. These are works the same on others Windows like Windows 8 and 7.

2. In order to enable these setting, navigate to Windows Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Advanced Sharing Settings and expand the All Networks.

Turn off Password Proteced Sharing on Windows 10

Turn off Password Protected Sharing on Windows 10

3. Let’s create a folder and share it for Linux. This folder must be reachable from Linux Mint network section. In order to share a folder in Windows, right click the folder and select Properties. On the Properties windows select Sharing tab. Then select Advanced Sharing to open Advanced Sharing window. Now tick the check box of Share this folder. Finally assign full permission form Permissions section and click OK to apply changes and closing the windows.

Sharing Files via Windows to Linux

Sharing Files via Windows to Linux

4. Try to assign the NTFS permission from Security tab of folder properties also. If it’s not assigned, the folder will not be open over the network. In order to do this, add the Everyone group and assign the Modify permission.

Assign NTFS Permission to Shared Folder on Windows 10

Assign NTFS Permission to Shared Folder on Windows 10

5. Now go to Linux Mint and open the Network to see the Windows Network. Find the Windows machine and open it. You must see the shared folders.

Share Files via Linux Mint to Windwos 10 - Technig

Share Files via Linux Mint to Windows 10 – Technig

That’s all. Hope it can solve the problems to share files vial Linux to Windows 10 and Sharing files from Windows to Linux machines.

Final Word

The new chapter for Linux lovers happened. Nowadays social media users are sharing something that “Microsoft Love Linux“. It’s good to hear that a big company wants to support Linux. But mostly it remind me a proverb in Persian that says “The respect of Wolf could not be free“. I think Microsoft comes to swallow the Linux philosophy before loving. Hope it will not happen.

So, try to ask your questions related to share files via Linux Mint to Windows 10 and not discuss about MS & Linux.


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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jackie BrockholmAugust 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Your tutorial worked for me up to the point where I could see the shared folders on each machine. however clicking on the folders gets me error messages and requests for passwords that don’t seem to work….

    • Shais
      ShaisAugust 30, 2016 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Hi,

      Just enable network discovery and turn off password protection sharing from Windows.

  2. Bilal AFŞAROctober 18, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I did just what Jackie’s did and than stuck same error. Your answer is already made it before but still it doesn’t work.

    I just installed Linux Mint 18 but I can not do this.

  3. fjNovember 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    this doesn’t work on machines joined to a domain, because you can’t disable password protected sharing.

    the only method that has worked reliably for me in all linux versions is to use the command line, install smbclient and cifs-utils and use mount -t cifs to mount the windows partition in linux

  4. TonyMay 3, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I have been trying for ages to be able to share my files with 2 different pc’s. Thank you. Everything worked when I followed your instructions.

  5. RocketSeptember 30, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Screenshots and instructions no longer valid. Share Tab no longer valid (at least not for Mint 18). Unable to mount location error on Linux, Failed to retrieve share list from server: no such file or directory.

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