Share files between RPi and your Laptop using Samba
If you work on a RPi and want to understand about a way to share a folder between your RPi and your laptop, be it Linux or Windows then you have landed on the right page. 😇
This blog assumes that you are able to SSH into your RPi and have the appropriate permissions to install softwares. 😀
Let's start 🙌🏻
So what is Samba btw, so Samba is a collection of applications that implements the SMB protocol, SMB protocol is in turn a protocol that is used to read and write files over the LAN.
SMB works on a client-server architecture where you configure the server(Rpi in our case) to make the files available over the network and by doing so all the clients attached on the network can get the access to the files share by the server.
Now, NFS is clearly a better alternative of sharing files over the network but since SMB is the default protocol for windows ecosystem we will be using SMB to support Linux-Windows kind of sharing too.🥴
Lets see it in action 🥵
Note- The below steps would work the same for a windows machine too.
Install SAMBA on the RPi
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install samba # Answer Yes to DHCP sudo apt-get install samba-common-bin
Create a folder to share (Lets name it assets)
Open the config file
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
And add the following sections .
Firstly we are going to create workgroup over which the file will be shared
workgroup = WORKGROUP #wins support = yes #Uncomment this line if you are using windows OS
Secondly we will configure the directory that we want to share and give it correct permissions, beware that we are giving 0777 permissions 🤡 to the directory which means everyone has the read,write and execute permissions over this folder. 😈
[MyFolder] comment=Raspberry Pi Share path=/home/pi/assets browseable=Yes writeable=Yes only guest=no create mask=0777 directory mask=0777 public=no
Configure a user for SAMBA on the server (RPi in our case) 😁
sudo smbpasswd -a pi
After which it will ask you to set a password for the user.
Test if everything is alright and restart the samba service 🤗
testparm sudo service smbd restart
Connect to the server from your laptop like this
Thanks !! 🤗🤗🤗