I have put the folder (winshare), it has some data in it, that I need under Virtual Machine---Settings---Shared Folders---Machine Folders, and in Ubuntu I have created the directory ~/media/winshare. The guest additions have been installed and I ran the command, sudo mount -t vboxsf winshare /media/winshare , from there the command executes just fine, no errors, but when I move into ~/media/winshare the data under my windows winshare file does not show up in ubuntu. Why is this? Thanks for the help!

  • Did you add your user to the vboxsf group in Ubuntu? What is the output of ls -al ~ and ls -al ~/media/winshare and ls -al /media? Are you confusing ~/media and not /media (/media is the default mount point)? – bain Jun 4 '14 at 12:16
  • btw it might be easier for you (no manual mount required) if you go to VirtualBox Settings > Shared Folder and select "Auto-mount" yes. – bain Jun 4 '14 at 12:17
  • It is solved! It turns out I did not have the permission to view the shared files – user288145 Jun 4 '14 at 20:09
  • So the answer was adding your user to the vboxsf group? – bain Jun 4 '14 at 20:11
  • It was weird I could not see it in the GUI, but was still able to cd to it – user288145 Jun 4 '14 at 20:12

By default VirtualBox Shared Folders are only accessible to members of the vboxsf group. To add your user to the vboxsf group in Ubuntu do:

sudo adduser $(whoami) vboxsf

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