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The Thunar Shares Plugin (thunar-shares-plugin) allows you to quickly share a folder using Samba from Thunar (the XFCE file manager) without requiring root access.



The share editor can be found in the file properties dialog (Share page).


Version 0.2

Xubuntu packages



  • Thunar
  • Thunar-VFS (0.8 or above)
  • Thunarx (0.8 or above)
  • Gtk+-2.0 (2.12 or above)
  • Glib-2.0 (2.10 or above)

Building and Installing

(For information about how to setup Samba correctly see bellow)

If you downloaded a source tarball from the download page, you can run:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable prefix thunarx-1)

in order to configure the plugin. If you fetched the source from SVN, you have to use this command:

./autogen.sh --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable prefix thunarx-1)

After that you should be able to build and install the plugin, using the following commands (remember you have to be root for that!):

make && make install

Setup Samba

If your are using (X)ubuntu 8.04 or above just check your User privileges after install the plugin. Also install samba and libpam-smbpass.

For non (X)ubuntu users the Samba setup is:

Create a group (must be done as root)

  export USERSHARES_DIR="/var/lib/samba/usershares"
  export USERSHARES_GROUP="sambashare"
  mkdir -p ${USERSHARES_DIR}
  groupadd ${USERSHARES_GROUP}
  chmod 01770 ${USERSHARES_DIR}

Use the following /etc/samba/smb.conf (or something similar)

  workgroup = WORKGROUP
  security = share
  usershare path = /var/lib/samba/usershares
  usershare max shares = 100
  usershare allow guests = yes
  usershare owner only = yes

Add the samba group to your user (replace your_username by your login)

  usermod -a -G ${USERSHARES_GROUP} your_username

Restart Samba daemons

  /etc/init.d/samba restart

Logout and login your user (your_username)

Reporting Bugs

Bugs should be reported to the Xfce bug tracking system (product Thunar Plugins, component thunar-shares-plugin).