I'm working on a software that needs to mount a smb/cifs share automatically.

The catch is that the share must be mounted using the user's login and password, and, AFAIK and for reasons completly unknown to me, looks like gio doesn't have an option to specify the password in the command line, only the user. If the user requires a password, it asks for it interactively. While this works for someone calling gio from the terminal, for a development... it's a pain.

I've already tried to call

gio mount smb://<user>:<password>@<server>/<share>/

but it just ignores the password and asks for it in the terminal. The (poor) documentation does not show any way to specify the password. Is waiting the password prompt and "emulating" an input the only way to set it?

Using mount -t cifs is not an option, since it requires root/sudo, and the software I'm working on isn't supposed to require elevated privileges.

  • This is a long shot, but I had more or less the same trouble to automatically mount a Webdav share. The mount program kept asking me for the password. It turned out that the password contained a "%" and that caused the mount to fail, unless I typed in the terminal.
    – Jos
    Apr 3, 2018 at 17:00
  • I indeed use '%' in the passwords, but I just tried with an user with a password containing only numbers and letters and it still asked the password. But thanks anyway!
    – Tyras
    Apr 4, 2018 at 11:16

2 Answers 2


Create a file in your home directory. For example at /home/morbius/.servercreds

Into that file enter your credentials. You must specify the user name, workgroup, and password - one per line


Then your gio command would look like this:

gio mount smb://<server>/<share> < /home/morbius/.servercreds
  • Even useful on Fedora ... Instead of '/home/morbius/' you can use '$HOME' Jun 26, 2020 at 20:00
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    Just to clarify: this is pretty hacky, as it just simulates user entering these details and pressing enter between them. If the command asks new questions and/or in different order, this breaks down.
    – joonas.fi
    Jan 31, 2021 at 15:53

To avoid creating a new file, you can pipe the input into gio.

echo -e "USERNAME\nWORKGROUP\nPASSWORD\n" | gio mount smb://<server>/<share>

echo -e tells echo to allow special characters, and \n after each field is like pressing the enter key.

  • 1
    Please note that giving a password on the command line is security concern because command line parameters of running commands can be seen with different tools. Better store it in a temp file only readable by yourself and pipe it into the gio command.
    – Daniel
    May 30 at 17:51

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