My OS Windows, I have VMWare and VM with Ubuntu 21.10 inside.

All works fine. But I'd like to have a Shared folder to exchange files. I have created in Windows the folder: SharedUFolder.

Then go to VM Settings->Options: Shared Folders: Enabled (Always) , then Add and added Windows SharedUFolder. Ok. How to access this Shared folder in Ubuntu? I do not find it.

2 Answers 2


In Linux terminal write the following command:

1- vmware-hgfsclient *

You should see your shared folder name then write:

2- sudo /usr/bin/vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs -o subtype=vmhgfs-fuse,allow_other

Now you will find your shared folder mounted at /mnt/hgfs

  • clear and simple !
    – X.C.
    Jul 28 at 4:11

Two ways to do this:

Easy way: (recommended)

In Linux, File Explorer, map a folder in Windows.

SMB://Windows_name_or_IP/folder and authenticate.

This works in my Ubuntu VMware VM and in my Kali VMware VM and my Windows 10 / 11 Host.

Once mapped, you can exchange files between the two systems.

This is easier (IMHO) than Shared Folders (which work best in Windows Guests)

Using SAMBA (not as easy):

Install SAMBA. Make a samba share from which to share files (mkdir /home/username/sambashare/ . Set up smb.conf with browsing and user names.

Samba allows you to start in Windows and map a folder in Linux. It is trickier than the Easy Way and I recommend the easy way.

(Ref: https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/install-and-configure-samba#2-installing-samba )

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