Install, Configure and Connect Samba on Ubuntu Using GUI

Ubuntu Samba GUI (Graphical User Interface) is an assembly of graphical tools and services that provide a user-friendly interface and let users configure and manage the Samba shares very easily on Ubuntu. Throughout the article, I have mentioned different GUI utilities for Samba share in a simplified process. Let’s explore it.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding the terms- Samba, GUI.
  • Learning the installation and configuration process of Samba.
  • Understanding the fact of connecting Samba shares using Linux & Windows GUI.


Process Flow Chart

[Distro Used Throughout the Tutorial: Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS]

Flowchart on how to install, configure and connect Samba share using GUI

Installing Samba on Ubuntu Using GUI

In case of using newer Ubuntu versions, you may face problems during samba installation using GUI. So, I have explained how you can install Samba using the command line interface on your new version of Ubuntu without any hassle.

You can read the Complementary Information Section to know more about how to check Ubuntu version.

Steps to Follow >

➊ First, open the Ubuntu terminal & install the apt packages by using the following command:

sudo apt-get update
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • apt-get: Advanced package utility.
  • update: Updates on the local system.
Updating advanced package utility for Samba ➋ Then, install Samba packages running the following command:
sudo apt install samba

Installing Samba➌ Now, you can check if you have installed Samba successfully or not using the command below:

whereis samba
  • whereis: Returns the source, binary and manual page files of given commands.
  • samba: Free packages.
Checking if Samba is installed successfully or not➍ You can make a Samba user directory using GUI So, go to Files and then click on the Home section.Going to home to make a directory to install Samba using GUIAfter that, click on the 3rd and 4th option accordingly like the above image.

 Write a folder name according to your choice and click Create.Making a directory named 'sambashare' to install Samba using GUIHere, I have created a directory named sambashare.

Read More: How to Install and Configure Samba Server in Ubuntu? [4 Steps]

Configuring Samba on Ubuntu Using GUI

During Samba configuration using GUI, there may arise some problems regarding firewall configuration, Samba password creation and adding user operation to the Samba database. So, to avoid these you need to configure Samba on Ubuntu by following the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open Ubuntu terminal & restart the Samba services using the command below:

sudo service smbd restart
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • service: The services sudo provides.
  • smbd restart: Restart Samba service.

❷ Now, if you are using UFW for your firewall configuration, then you will need to allow the ‘samba’ profile by using the following command like the above snapshot: 

sudo ufw allow samba
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • ufw: Uncomplicated Firewall.
  • allow samba: Allows ‘samba’ profile.

Restarting Samba service and creating firewall configuration

❸ Add a user to Samba database by setting & re-confirming new user password for Samba like the following. Here, I have added the user “nadiba”, you can add any of your likings.

sudo smbpasswd -a nadiba
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • smbpasswd: Samba encrypted password file.
  • -a nadiba: Indicates the user.

Setting Samba password and adding user➍ Now, go to settings>sharing and turn on the sharing button like the image below.Turning on sharing button To share a folder go to Files and find the folder. Then, right-click on it and select the Local Network Share option. Here, I have located at Files>Home>sambashare.Going to 'Local Network Share' option by right clickingNow, select ‘Share this folder’ folder option and click ’Create Share’.Click on 'Create Share' optionTo set user access right click on the shared folder and select Properties.Going to 'Properties' option to give user access❼ Then, in the Permissions section click on the ‘Change Permissions for Enclosed Files’ option.Going to 'Permissions' section❽ You can see several permission options. Change according to your need and to save the changes click on the Change button.Changing permissions if neededNow, your configuration is done for Samba Share.

Read More: How to Configure NFS Server in Linux? [5 Steps]

Connecting Samba Share Using GUI

You can connect and access the Samba share using GUI from a different system. Before that, you need to know the IP address of the Samba server. So, to get it follow the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open the Ubuntu application and click ‘Settings’.Going to Settings to find 'Network' option❷ In the ‘network’ panel, click on the icon marked on the Wired section like the image below.Clicking on 'Wired' section❸ Now in the ‘Details’ section, you will find the IPv4 address which is the required IP address. For my system, the IP address is IP addressCopy the IP address of Samba share of your system for further use.

Now, I will show two cases for connecting to Samba share using GUI from Linux and Windows.

A. Connecting or Mounting to Samba Share on Linux

You can access the Samba shares using the default file manager from Linux. Go through the steps below.

Also, you can view this guide to know more about How to Unmount Samba Shares Using GUI on Ubuntu.

Steps to Follow >

➊ First, open ‘Files’ & click on ‘Other locations’ at the bottom.Going to 'Other Locations' option inside Files➋ Place the Samba share’s address in the ‘Connect to Server’ option like the following:

  • Server IP address.
  • sambashare: Shared folder name.
Writing Samba share addressPress ‘Connect’ after placing the address of Samba shares. In the above image, I have used the address of my system.

➌ After prompting to the following screen, click on the ‘Registered User’, enter the Samba username & password. and then click on the ‘Connect’ button.Authenticate via password and connect➍ Doing so, you will find the files & folders on the Samba server.Connected Samba share including files and folders insideIn the above snapshot, I have shown the folder ‘new_samba’ inside the Samba shared folder sambashare.

B. Connecting to Samba Share on Windows

As a Windows user, you can connect to Samba share using the file explorer in GUI. Follow the steps below to access the Samba shares:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open the file explorer and select ‘This PC’ from the sidebar.Going to 'Add a network' optionClick on the ‘Add a network location’ option like the above image.

➋ Hit ‘Next’ to continue.Clicking 'Next' to add the network location wizard➌ Then, select the ‘Choose a custom network location’ & press ‘Next’.Clicking 'Next' to choose a custom network location❹ Now, specify the location in the ‘Internet or network address’ option like the following:

  • \\\sambashare: \\server IP address\sharename.
Specifying network locationClick ‘Next’ as shown above to move forward.

❺ Now, enter the network credentials prompted to you & click ‘OK’.Entering credentials to specify location❻ Type a name for the network location of your choice and click ‘Next’. Otherwise, the Samba server takes up the default name for the location.Giving custom network location name❼ Now, you can see ‘Completing the Add Network Location Wizard’ in the prompted window like the image below:Completing adding networkClick ‘Finish’ to end the task.

❽ Finally, you find the folders on the Samba server.Shared folder on WindowsBy following the above task step by step, you can connect the Samba shares from Windows very easily.

Read More: How to Access Samba Share from Windows [2 Methods]

Complementary Information

Besides learning about the installation, configuration and connecting procedure of Samba, the below information might be of your help.

How to Check Ubuntu Version

Note: Sometimes you may face the problem ‘Unable to locate Samba package’ while configuring Samba share using GUI tools. It happens if the package repository is not enabled or not available in your Ubuntu version. So, to get over it you must know your Ubuntu version first.

I have mentioned below how you can check your system’s Ubuntu version using both the graphical interface and command line in your terminal.

A. Check Ubuntu Version Using GUI

If you want to know which Ubuntu version your computer is running through the system settings, then follow the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ First, open the Ubuntu application & select ‘Settings’.Going to settings to find 'About' ❷ Scroll down and click on ‘About’ in the left pane.Ubuntu version checkingNow, you will find the basic details of the system including the Ubuntu version you are running. According to the above snapshot you can see, my system is running Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS.

B. Check Ubuntu Version Using Terminal

To get the Ubuntu version fast, go with the terminal check viewing the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open your Ubuntu terminal, write the following line and you will see the output like the image below:

lsb _release -a
  • lsb_release: Collects LSB(Linux Standard Base) & distribution information about the Ubuntu operating system.
  • -a: All information including LSB, distributor ID, description, release, codename of the system.
Ubuntu version checking from terminal❷ But if you want only a cleaner description, then run the command line below:
lsb_release -d
  • -d: Displays only the description.
Ubuntu version checking-only descriptionYou will get the output of the version of your system as like the snapshot above. Here, my system runs Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS.

How to Unmount Samba Shares Using GUI on Ubuntu

To unmount the mounted Samba shares using GUI, follow the steps given below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open ‘Files’ application. In Ubuntu, ‘Nautilus’ is the default file manager.Opening the Samba shared folderYou will find the mounted Samba share at the bottom of the left pane.

❷ Right click on the mounted Samba share and from the context menu select ‘Unmount’ or ‘Eject’– whatever comes to you.Unmounting the mounted shared folderTo verify the unmount operation, go to ‘Other Locations’ option & you will find that the Samba share folder is no longer there.

How to Check & Switch Current Target Boot

If you ever feel the need to change the default target manually while booting your system, you may follow the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open the Ubuntu terminal and check the default boot mode by running:

sudo systemctl get-default
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • systemctl get-default: Retrieves the default target boot(The initial system state).
Checking default target during system bootingThe output will likely be either the ‘’ or ‘’. From the above image you can see that in my system the initial state, ‘’ is loaded during the target boot process which represents the ‘Command Shell Mode’.

❷ Now, to convert the target permanently use the following command:

sudo systemctl set-default
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • systemctl set-default: Sets default target for system.
  • GUI environment.
Changing default targetAs my initial state was in ‘Command prompt’ mode, I have switched it to GUI mode. You will perform it according to your initial state.

Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues in Linux

There are several steps you can take to troubleshoot the connectivity issues. I have mentioned a detailed guideline for troubleshooting below.

How to Monitor the System Using GUI in Linux

System Monitor offers a user-friendly built-in GUI application to monitor system usage. I have mentioned the steps to access and use it for troubleshooting:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open Ubuntu application and type ‘System Monitor’ in the search bar.Going to 'System Monitor'To launch the application click on the System Monitor’s icon.

❷ A new window will open where you will find some tabs mentioned below:

  • Processes: This tab shows the running processes’ names and their resource usage.
  • Resources: This displays detailed information about CPU, memory and disk usage.
  • File Systems: It offers information about the mounted file systems.

Viewing the system and monitoring❸ Now, monitor the system resources from every aspects, identify and troubleshoot issues.

Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues Using Traceroute

In Linux, traceroute command doesn’t come by default. So, to use you have to install and then run the command following the steps below:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Open Ubuntu terminal and install traceroute by using the following command:

sudo apt-get install traceroute
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • apt-get install: Install advanced package utility.
  • traceroute: Tracks the path a data packet takes.
Installing 'traceroute' command❷ To list the route to run the command below:
  • traceroute: Tracks the path a data packet takes.
  • com: Destination.
Running 'traceroute' command
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  • Testing Network Path: Test IP addresses to know which path is used to reach destination by the packets and search for problematic hops.
  • Checking Round Trip Time (RTT): Check round trip time for each hop (network node). High RTT indicates latency issues, network congestion.
  • Identifying Packet Loss: Search for asterisks (*) which indicate packets were dropped along the route. Huge packet loss creates network issues.

Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues Using Ping

To troubleshoot using ping command, open the terminal and run the following command:

ping -c 3
  • ping: Packet internet Groper is used to find out the internet connectivity.
  • -c 3: Limits the number of packets.
  • com: Destination.
Running 'ping' command with options on Ubuntu
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  • Limiting packets: You can limit packet number by your choice. Here, I have used the -c 3 option to limit the packet number to 3 and so the command stops after transmitting 3 packets.
  • Checking Packet Loss: Check the packet loss statistics. Here, the output shows 0% packet loss.
  • Checking Round Trip Time (RTT): Check the round trip time for each packet. At the end, you can see a summary of RTT: minimum RTT, average RTT, maximum RTT, and mean deviation of RTT.

Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues Using Netstat

The following steps may be of your help if you want to troubleshoot network related problems using netstat command. The steps are:

Steps to Follow >

➊ Start opening your Ubuntu terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt install net-tools
  • sudo: Super User DO.
  • apt: Advanced package utility.
  • install net-tools: Install netstat command under net-tools.
Installing 'net-tools' to run 'netstat' command in UbuntuThen, put the password and netstat will be installed.

❷ Observe the netstat command running:

  • netstat: network Statistics display network associated information.
Running 'netstat' command in UbuntuYou can analyze the output by the following facts:
  • Local & foreign Address: The local and foreign address indicates the IP and port number of your system & the remote system you are connected to respectively.
  • State: It represents the current state of the connection like ‘ESTABLISHED’, ‘LISTEN’ Check if there are any abnormal states.

❸ If you want only the tcp connection and listening sockets, then type the following command:

netstat -lt
  • netstat: network Statistics display network associated information.
  • -lt: Displays only the tcp (Transmission Control Protocol) connections and listening sockets.
Running 'netstat' command with options in Ubuntu From the output you can see the sockets’ states are ‘LISTEN’ And all the connections showing are tcp connections.


Samba graphical interface on Ubuntu simplifies the setting process and improvises the user experience in an intrinsic way. I have utilized the important GUI applications for Samba share in this article. So, by reading the whole article I think you will gain the actual insights of Ubuntu Samba GUI.

People Also Ask

Does Samba have a GUI?
Yes, the Samba server configuration tool itself is a graphical interface which manages and modifies Samba shares and other settings.

Why is the Ubuntu desktop different from Ubuntu server?
Ubuntu desktop uses Graphical User Interface (GUI) whereas the Ubuntu server does not. So, the main difference lies in the desktop environment.

What is GNOME?
GNOME stands for GNU Network Object Model Environment. It is a free collection of computer desktop utilities for the Linux operating system.

Where Samba users are located?
This file is stored in the private directory of samba distribution.

Which GUI is best for Ubuntu as a general user?
Deepin Desktop Environment is the best GUI for Ubuntu.

How do I become a root user in Ubuntu using GUI?
to become a root user open the user profile from GUI and enable Administrator option.

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Hello, This is Nadiba Rahman, currently working as a Linux Content Developer Executive at SOFTEKO. I have completed my graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET).I am quite passionate about crafting. I really adore exploring and learning new things which always helps me to think transparently. And this curiosity led me to pursue knowledge about Linux. My goal is to portray Linux-based practical problems and share them with you. Read Full Bio

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