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UNIX Samba: Make A Share Writable

How do I make a Samba share writable under UNIX / Linux operating systems, especially all home directories for respective users?

By default, the home directories and other share are exported read-only or configured as read only. Change the “read only” parameter to ‘no’ if you want to be able to write to them via other CIFS clients.


Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf, enter:
# vi /etc/samba/smb.conf
Fine [Home] share configuration and update it as follows (note wriable is set to yes):

        comment = Home Directories
        browseable = yes
        read only = no
        writable = yes
       valid users = %S
       valid users = MYDOMAIN\%S

Save and close the file. Restart samba server:
# /etc/init.d/samba restart
OR if you are using RHEL specific distro, enter:
# service smb restart

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • a user November 6, 2013, 8:01 am

    hello nixcraft,

    you need to add the user to the sambas password database or nothing will work.
    smbpasswd username

    username is a valid linux account name, the password you set here does not need to be the same as the linux login one.

  • a user November 6, 2013, 8:02 am

    and writable is a synonym for readonly = no, so you need only one.

  • a user November 6, 2013, 8:05 am

    and please if you use writeable = yes, write it correctly…..
    samba will accept both. but one is english, the other is i dont know….

  • venkata krishna October 12, 2015, 4:27 pm

    can you please give me the code in c to pass CLEAR directory in terminal?

  • Ngoato September 7, 2016, 3:32 am

    These instructions do not work. Even when writeable is set to yes and the samba password is set, the machine does not allow you to write in this folder.

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