How to Mount Ubuntu Linux NFS Shares in Windows

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The post provides a detailed tutorial on how to create NFS (Network File System) shares in Ubuntu Linux and mount them in Windows. The procedure involves installing the NFS server package on Ubuntu, configuring the folder to be shared, defining its access protocol, and then enabling NFS in a Windows machine to mount the shared NFS.

This post describes how to create NFS shares in Ubuntu Linux and mount them in Windows.

If you ever wanted to enable NFS in a Windows environment, the steps below are a great place to start. It shows you how to connect Windows to NFS shares hosted on Ubuntu Linux.

NFS or Network File System is a distributed file system that can be enabled in a client/server environment. NFS is easy to configure for those wanting to allow NFS client machines to access NFS mount points on a server using NFS protocol.

Continue below to get NFS shares created on Ubuntu Linux and mounted in Windows.

For this tutorial, we’re going to be using two systems:

  • Ubuntu Computer with IP address
  • Windows Computer with IP address

How to Install NFS on Ubuntu Linux

To get the NFS server working, you must install the server packages. To do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

Configure the folder you want to share when the server packages are installed. For this tutorial, we will share an already existing folder—the Home folder for users.

How to export NFS Shares in Ubuntu Linux

So now that the NFS server package has been installed on Ubuntu, open its export file by running the commands below. Then share the /home folder with all clients on the local subnet (

sudo nano /etc/exports

Then add the line below to the exports file. This enables the /home folder to be shared with the local NFS client on the local subnet. You can choose to share the entire subnet or a single computer. Just make sure to specify the machine IP address in the definition file.


Save the file and exit.

The two definitions are defined as:

  • no_root_squash = Turn off root squashing. This option is mainly helpful for disk-less clients.
  • rw = Allow both read and write requests on an NFS volume.

After defining the folder, you want to share, run the commands below to restart the NFS service on Ubuntu.

sudo systemctl restart nfs-server

How to enable NFS in Windows

After sharing the folder on the NFS server, open Windows 10 machine and go to Control Panel ==> Programs ==> Programs and Features

Then click on Turn Windows features on or off, as shown in the image below

nfs server windows 10

When the config pane opens, select and enable Services for NFS

NFS ubuntu share

Click Ok and closeout.

That should enable Windows clients to mount NFS shares. Now that this feature is enabled on your Windows machine, open the command prompt and mount the share from the NFS server.

mount Z:\

You should see Windows mount the share.

You can now go to Windows File Explorer and see the mounted share.

Windows NFS 10

That should do it!

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  1. The mount command in windows 10 gives returns an error without the \\ before the ip address

  2. Hi! Thank you for the article! Could you change from `mount Z:\` to `mount Z:\` how on your screenshot, please.

    1. Done… Thanks for that

  3. on my W10, after mounting my share it did not appear under “This PC” I just mapped manually


  4. Didn’t really work for my needs, not possible to edit existing files. I tried for hours to get real write permissions but it isn’t possible

  5. @Kross – try this to enable write permissions – refer

  6. I can see the directory but the files in the directory are not visible from windows. I have a network with a couple of linux machines and the 2nd linux box can see the files but windows cannot:

    Volume in drive T has no label.
    Volume Serial Number is 0000-0000

    Directory of T:\

    17/11/2018 01:15 ..
    17/11/2018 01:15 .
    0 File(s) 8,192 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 160,240,812,032 bytes free

    T:\>mount \\\export\video T:

    fred@HTPC-A:/mnt/video$ ls -al
    total 48
    drwxrwxr-x 12 fred fred 4096 May 3 2019 .
    drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Nov 7 2018 ..
    drwxrwxr-x 2 fred fred 4096 May 8 2019 CNNs
    drwxrwxr-x 9 fred fred 4096 Mar 23 2017 GoPro
    drwxrwxr-x 13 fred fred 4096 Mar 23 2017 Music
    drwxrwxr-x 14 fred fred 4096 Mar 23 2017 TV

  7. Really thank you I have passed my exam because of your tutorial 🙂

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