I have two machines (1 laptop, 1 desktop) on same network connected to a router both have Ubuntu 12.04. I need to share my e.g. "movies drive" from Desktop computer so that i can watch those on laptop just by accessing it through Nautilus.

Currently in my nautilus it only shows Windows Networks under Browse Networks and fails to show my desktop over there.



At first, to share folder between Ubuntu machines: choose folder -> right click -> folder sharing(or in file Properties).

If your computer isn't shown in Browse Network, maybe your network isn't configured right way. But anyway you can try the next: open nautilius, press Ctrl+L, and put smb://ip.address(change ip.address with ip of PC you wanna connect to, like smb://

  • Thanks this worked... Maybe others will work too but it was simplest. Thank You. Aug 16 '12 at 18:38
  • can i make a softlink to this folder which will save typing and just opening that folder will take me here?? Aug 16 '12 at 18:40
  • No. The link won't work until you mount the resource. If you need it always be mounted than you can mount it when Ubuntu starts.
    – Viktor K
    Aug 16 '12 at 18:57
  • Is this safe on a non-private network?
    – JFA
    Feb 14 '14 at 3:52
  • I would not recommend to use it on public networks, smb protocols is used for private(home) networks. On public networks I recommend to use SFTP(SSH FTP)
    – Viktor K
    Feb 14 '14 at 13:14

You can access files on a remote computer using SSH:

  1. Install openssh-server on a computer you want to connect to.
  2. Choose File -> Connect to Server in Nautilus running on a machine you want to connect from and select SSH.
  3. Enter the remote machine name (you may need to use the .local suffix), user name (on remote machine), password and (optionally) folder name and click Connect.

The remote folder will appear in the sidebar and will be accessible as your local folders.

You can even setup a passwordless connection. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SSH/ for more details.


There is a great link for sharing folder in ubuntu. (Configuration) Try to check it out. https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/internet/C/networking-shares.html

On the section of Sharing folders via Nautilus you will make it work.

Tell us if it work

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