Raspberry PI with Samba Server : Secure, Stable and Fast file and Print services

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Now if you want to share files from Raspberry pi to windows, linux, iOS, Android and Mac OS. Samba is the best file sharing server to install on the machine.
Samba is an open source server licensed under GNU General Public License. Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients.

To install Samba on Raspberry Pi, run

sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin

and add user pi to the local smbpasswd file:

sudo smbpasswd -a pi

Now if you want to share specific folders you may open the samba config file and edit it

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Paste in the below script in the end of the file.

[Photos]               #This will the name which will be displayed on                         network
path = </path/to/dir>  #give the path of the directory to share
available = yes
valid users = @users
read only = no
browsable = yes
public = yes
writable = yes

Save the changes and restart Samba using

sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

You can now access the defined share from any machine or from an app that supports the SMB protocol. You can even map this drive to your windows or mac machine. This will automatically mount the shared drive once your machine has booted up. Therefore you can use this as an additional Hard Drive on your mac or Windows. Now a days, Due to SSD storages in Mac you get a very minimal HDD space, use this method to increase your space without physically plugin the HDD to your Mac PC.
Along with file sharing, samba allows you to integrate Printer as well that works as a cloud.
I have also written a post on VNC on Raspberry PI to work on Raspbian.

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