I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed in my Host Machine and it has VirtualBox. I have Guest Machine wich runs Ubuntu 10.10.

I have NetBeans installed in Host Machine and need to open my project files which are located in Guest Machine. The reason I need it is because in my working place I have not access to install any applications, that is why I have Guest Machine where I have Web Server installed on it and also I have one web application that I am developing.

I need to open that web application files from Guest Machine's Netbeans in order to modify/create new files for my web application.

I have configured SSH server of Guest Machine and added port redirection in the VirtualBox so that now I can connect to it from Host Machine. But I could not find any way to open those files from Netbeans.

Could anybody give me advice about how can I do that please?


I forgot to say that I don't want to use SharedFolders.


There's a much easier way. Just store your project in a shared folder. Set up shared folders using these instructions and keep your source code there. Now you can access the files in Ubuntu using any method you want.


try looking into shared folders in vbox. It would basically allow you to share files without the need for samba/ssh/ftp.


If I understand if right ssh is working

You can navigate to any folder in the Guest Machine with Nautilus (press CTRL+L and type ssh:/ip/folder/folder in the address bar) or connect to it selecting "Connect to server" from the file menu.

After doing that the remote filesystem will be mounted under ~/.gvfs. You should be able to open any file from there from any program that can access the local filesystem.

  • You are right. I have configured SSH and now I can connect to Guest Machine through SSH and list files in Nautilus. But didn't find any way to open those files in NetBeans. In addition ~/.gvfs is empty in my case? What should it contain?
    – Bakhtiyor
    Nov 26 '10 at 16:45
  • It should contain a directory called "sftp in x.x.x.x" where x.x.x.x is the IP of the host machine. If you can browse your files from Nautilus, it must had mounted the filesystem somewhere. Nov 26 '10 at 17:32
  • Are you using nautilus as root? Nov 26 '10 at 17:33
  • I don't have root access in the Host Machine. That is the MAIN reason I am complicating my work. I can neither install any application nor I am sudoer user.
    – Bakhtiyor
    Nov 26 '10 at 17:46
  • If you type mount in a terminal, is gvfs-fuse-daemon in the mounted filesystems list? Nov 26 '10 at 18:00
  • go to your netbeans project and click on "properties"
  • go to "Run configuration" and fill in all your project + virtualbox details
  • make sure when you press "test connection", you get a message saying "connection succeeded"
  • now, go to your virtualbox terminal and make sure you change ownership permissions for that folder to include your username..... use the following command:

sudo chown -R your-username:current-folder-owner /path/to/project/root

  • you should be able to save remotely to your virtualbox at this point :)

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