Install Samba on Raspberry Pi

Samba is an open-source software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. It allows a server to share files, printers, and other resources with clients on a network, typically Microsoft Windows-based systems, in a way that is transparent to both the client and server. Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol and supports cross-platform file and printer sharing between Windows, macOS, and Linux systems.

To ensure that a Raspberry Pi is up to date, open a terminal window on the Raspberry Pi and run the below command to update and upgrade any outdated packages to their latest version.

sudo apt update -y
sudo apt upgrade -y

It could take some time to complete depending on the number of packages that need to be updated.

Now install samba and samba-common-bin packages on the Raspberry Pi:

sudo apt install -y samba samba-common-bin

Create a new user for using with samba or you can even use the existing user:

sudo useradd <username>

Set a password for the user:

sudo smbpasswd -a <username>

Create a new shared folder and set appropriate permissions:

sudo mkdir /share
sudo chown: <username> /share

Edit the Samba configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following lines to the file to create a new share:

    comment = Shared folder
    path = /share
    writeable = yes
    follow symlinks = yes
    wide links = yes

Restart the Samba service:

sudo systemctl restart smbd

Now, you should be able to access the shared folder from other devices on your network.

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