How To Install Samba On Ubuntu

Asked by Ben Reilly

I'm just a new UBUNTU user, i want to install SAMBA on my UBUNTU, i've downloaded the Package for SAMBA Installation named SAMBA-3.2.2 as uncompressed file... how do i install from here? Thanx.

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Best charizan (gxrisan) said :

There is not required to download it from the samba page to install it you can just open a console and:
sudo apt-cache search samba
by issuing this command you can see details about samba server and other related samba utilities
to install it enter:
sudo apt-get install samba ( and thats it)
if you want an weasy way to configure samba you can try and install webmin!!
cheers! ;)

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Ruben Romero (huayra) said :

Hi there,

You do not want to use webmin in Ubuntu since it is not supported.

Are you planning to use ubuntu on your desktop or a server?

For desktop you have 2 options:

1. If you want to use it on your desktop as a client go to: :

Places > Connect to server...

There you choose Windows Share, fill in the information and there you are off.

2. Choose any folder you want to share with other and right-click it
(while in nautilus, the file manager) and choose "Sharing Options" or
under "Preferences" choose "Share"

You'll be asked to install the service and once you have done that,
voilá! You are ready to share your folder in a SMB network.

If you plan on using samba in a server:

There you have two choices too:

1. Use Ebox:

2. Install samba and configure it. Check it here:

HowToForge gives you an insight in the ebox side of things as well as
other installation methods that might be used.

Best of luck,


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charizan (gxrisan) said :

im quite sure that webmin is suported in ubuntu

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Ben Reilly (benreilly013181) said :

Thanks charizan, that solved my question.

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Ben Reilly (benreilly013181) said :


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Ruben Romero (huayra) said :


As with other software it can be run in Ubuntu, yes, but it is not supported by Ubuntu (try 'sudo apt-get install webmin') since the package is not in the repositories. it was actually removed from them in a previous realese for several reason.

So you can install, yes, but it is not supported (as in you cannot use apt from the supported repositories: main and universe)

I'm glad to hear your problem was solved :)