How to connect to an SMB server from GNOME 3.34

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It's easy to connect to SMB partition on your LAN with GNOME 3.34.

GNOME 3.34 has been out for a while now, and it's a step ahead of where it was before. Both performance and reliability have improved, so every user should update to the latest release.

Over time, a few features have improved. One such feature is how to connect to an SMB server. This feature allows you to easily connect the GNOME file manager (formerly Nautilus, but now titled "Files") to an SMB server on your LAN.

I want to walk you through this process. It's fast, easy, and lets you do even more work with your Windows groups.

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    What you need

    The only things you need to make this work are:

    Share SMB on your LAN and run Linux running the latest version of GNOME. If you are not sure which version of DE you are running, open the Files app, click on the Files drop-down (in the GNOME popup bar) and select Show Details (Figure A). Open GNOME Software. Scroll down to the details section and you should see that Files is running at least version 3.34. If not, please update if possible.

    I display on Ubuntu Desktop 19.10, running GNOME 3.34.1-1.

    Figure A

    Finding your version of GNOME.

    How to connect

    To make this connection, open Files. From within the application, click on Other Places in the sidebar (Figure B).

    Figure B


    In the popup window, find the Connect To Server entry at the bottom (Figure C).

    Figure C


    The Connect To Server entry in GNOME Files.

    In the text field enter a server address enter the SMB address like this:


    Where SHARE_IP is the IP address of the allotment and SHARE is the name of the allotment. So if the Documents section is at, the address would be full smb: // Type the address and either hit Enter on your keyboard or click Connect.

    You will then be asked for your section certificates (Figure D).

    Figure D


    The SMB confirmation window.

    If you need the part you are connecting to, select Registered User, enter your Username, the Domain (if required), and your user password.

    At the bottom of the confirmation window, you will see three options:

    If security is an issue, select Forget Password Immediately, which will ensure that as soon as you disconnect the part, the password will be forgotten. With this option, the next time you try to connect to the allotment, you will need to re-submit your credentials. If you choose Remember Password To Log Out, the GNOME keyring will store the password so that you do not have to enter the partition, until you log out of GNOME. If you select Remember Forever, the GNOME keyring will save the password indefinitely.

    Click Connect and the connection will be made. You should see the section appear in the GNOME Files sidebar (Figure E).

    Figure E


    The Documents section is now accessible from the GNOME Files sidebar.

    And there you have it. When you are done using the portion you can click on the point up arrow associated with its sidebar entry to disconnect (debug). Viola! You're done. Happy sharing.

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