How to Enable or Disable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn on or off Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

When you have the gnome-user-share package installed, you can enable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can allow access to the Public folder in your Home folder from another computer on the network.

In Ubuntu Linux, you can configure Personal File Sharing to allow these devices to access the Public folder in your Home directory.

Sharing must be enabled on connected network. Devices you want to share with must also be connected to the same network to see Ubuntu Linux shared resources.

By default, users will access the shared Public folder without password. However, you can require other people to use a password when accessing your Public folder by turning the Require Password switch to on.

Below is how to enable or disable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn on or off personal file sharing in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, you can allow access to the Public folder in your Home folder from another computer on the network.

Below is how to enable or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

First press the CTRL + ALT + T on your keyboard to open the terminal console, then run the commands below to install gnome-user-share.

sudo apt install gnome-user-share

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Sharing tile to open the panel.

Next, toggle the Sharing switch at the top of the window to On so sharing is enabled.

Sharing is disabled when the switch is set to Off.

If the text below Computer Name allows you to edit it, you can change the name your computer displays on the network.

In the System Settings -> Sharing panel, select File Sharing as highlighted below.

On the File Sharing window, toggle the File Sharing switch to On.

To disable, simply switch it back to the Off position.

This means that other people on your current network will be able to attempt to connect to your computer and access files in your Public folder.

To require other people to use a password when accessing your Public folder, switch the Require Password switch to On.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how enable or disable File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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