How to Share Ubuntu Public Folder with Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to share a user’s public folder on Ubuntu with Windows 11 systems using Samba. Every Ubuntu user home directory has a Public folder in it. The folder is called Public and isn’t shared by default, however, you can easily share this folder to others on your local network.

When you share the Public folder, users that are directly connected to your local network will be able to browse and access it. While sharing it, you can also choose to share so that guest (people without a user account ) can also access it.

In order to share with Windows systems, Samba must be installed. Samba is an open source implementation of the SMB/CIFS network file sharing protocol that allows users to access files, printers, and other shared resources.

This post can also apply to other Linux folders you want to share with Windows systems.

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How to Enable Filesharing Between Ubuntu and Windows

Filesharing allows for Ubuntu and Windows systems to view and access files. How do you enable it?

In college some students get assignments or classwork to allow Ubuntu desktops access to Windows shares. This is known as filesharing.

This task can be easily accomplished with two desktop computers. In most situations, two VMs are created, one with Windows OS and the other Ubuntu.

These classwork are easy as long as you understand concepts and follow instructions. This brief tutorial is going to show you how to easily allow Ubuntu desktops to access Windows shares.

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