Mount Samba Shares

Mount Samba Shares Permanently in Elementary OS.

Posted by Kirk on 4 January 2016


  • Network connections have been configured properly.
  • Your local (Elementary) username is elementaryusername.
  • Share username on the Samba Server computer is sambausername.
  • Share password on the Samba Server computer is sambapassword.
  • The Samba Server computer's name is servername.
    • (this can be either an IP address or an assigned name).
  • The name of the share is sharename.
  • You want to mount the share in /media/sharename.

CIFS Installation

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

Mounting Unprotected (guest) Network Folders

First, let's create the mount directory. You will need a separate directory for each mount.

sudo mkdir /media/sambashare

Then edit your /etc/fstab file (with root privileges) to add this line:

//servername/sharename  /media/sambashare  cifs  guest,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8  0  0


  • guest indicates you don't need a password to access the share.
  • uid=1000 makes the Linux user specified by the id the owner of the mounted share, allowing them to rename files.
  • iocharset=utf8 allows access to files with names in non-English languages. This doesn't work with shares of devices like the Buffalo Tera Station, or Windows machines that export their shares using ISO8895-15.
  • If there is any space in the server path, you need to replace it by \040, for example: //servername/My\040Documents

After you add the entry to /etc/fstab type:

sudo mount -a

This will (re)mount all entries listed in /etc/fstab.

Mount Password Protected Network Folders

The quickest way to auto-mounting a password-protected share is to edit /etc/fstab (with root privileges), to add this line:

//servername/sharename  /media/sambashare  cifs  username=sambausername,password=sambapassword,users,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm  0  0

This is not a good idea however: /etc/fstab is readable by everyone and so is your Samba password in it. The way around this is to use a credentials file. This is a file that contains just the username and password.

NOTE: The users option allows anyone in the group users (everyone) to unmount and remount this share inside the Pantheon file manager.

Using a text editor, create a file for your remote servers logon credential:

nano ~/.smbcredentials

Enter your Samba username and password in the file:


Save the file, exit the editor.

Change the permissions of the file to prevent unwanted access to your credentials:

chmod 600 ~/.smbcredentials

Then edit your /etc/fstab file (with root privileges) to add this line (replacing the insecure line in the example above, if you added it):

//servername/sharename /media/sambashare cifs credentials=/home/elementaryusername/.smbcredentials,users,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0

Save the file, exit the editor.

Finally, test the fstab entry by issuing:

sudo mount -a

If there are no errors, you should test how it works after a reboot. Your remote share should mount automatically.

Special Permissions

If you need special permission (like chmod etc.), you'll need to add a uid (short for 'user id') or gid (for 'group id') parameter to the share's mount options.

//servername/sharename  /media/sambashare  cifs   uid=elementaryusernameuser,credentials=/home/elementaryusername/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm   0       0

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