I need a shared folder. My wife and I need to exchange files on the same computer. How can we do that?


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Here's a tutorial from Ubuntu Forums: How to create a shared folder for multiple local users.

  1. Install bindfs.

    sudo apt-get install bindfs
  2. Create a hidden and a visible directory for the files.

    sudo mkdir /home/.media # create a hidden directory 
    sudo mkdir /home/media  
  3. Create a new group.

    sudo groupadd media
  4. Add the user(s) to the group.

    sudo gpasswd -a usrname media

    Repeat this for all users. Log out and log back in your current user.

  5. Edit the fstab file.

    sudoedit /etc/fstab
  6. Add a new entry at the end of the file.

    bindfs#/home/.media    /home/media    fuse    group=media,perms=g=rwx
  7. Mount the filesystems mentioned in fstab.

    sudo mount -a
  8. Move the files you want to share in the /home/media directory.

  • bindfs is nice but not suitable for less experienced users as it involves quite a lot of changes to the standard system configuration (e.g. editing of fstab, adding user groups etc.).
    – Takkat
    Nov 25, 2010 at 7:49
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    Maybe you should add an excerpt of the page to this answer.
    – Peter Smit
    Nov 25, 2010 at 8:36
  • I tried this tutorial. But I can't create any files in media folder.
    – vrcmr
    Nov 25, 2010 at 10:25

If you have a constant internet connection and bandwidth is not a problem, then you could use Ubuntu One.


bindfs is documented in the Ubuntu wiki:


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