I am using ubuntu and gnome on my computer.

When I open up File Browser, on the left hand rail, I see conveniently a folder called "Work Server". When I mouse over it, the following caption appears "smb://john@". If I click on that folder, then I can see the contents of that folder. Everything is great.

So now when I open up a terminal/shell, I type in

cd smb://john@

I get an error saying the directory doesn't exist. How do I enter this directory via shell/terminal?

3 Answers 3


The reason you can't cd in that share is because cd only works on local filesystems*, you have two ways of solving your problem here:

Use smbclient to browse the share:

smbclient -U john //

or mount -t cifs if you want to mount the share locally, note that the mount point must exist as a folder:

sudo mount -t cifs -o user=john,iocharset=utf8,noperm // ~/shares/SHARENAME 

Make sure you adapt SHARENAME to match your environnement.

If your login is part of an Active Directory domain you may want to add its name to those commands, with the second one that would be:

sudo mount -t cifs -o user=YOURDOMAIN//john,iocharset=utf8,noperm // ~/shares/SHARENAME

* The meaning of "local" here is not straightforward, just keep in mind you can't use normal tools before you mount remote FS locally.

  • am I supposed to replace USERNAME with the name of my current shell user? And SHARENAME with the directory name i want to cd into? When i tried I got the following error: Connection to john@ failed (Error NT_STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_NAME)
    – John
    Oct 2, 2012 at 15:10
  • yep, you have to specify an 'endpoint' ("SHARENAME") which is the name of the share you can see in your GUI file browser and adapt "USERNAME" (maybe even add your domain before that) to be able to mount the share.
    – Shadok
    Oct 2, 2012 at 15:39
  • 2
    smbmount is deprecated and not maintained any longer. mount.cifs (mount -t cifs) should be used instead of smbmount (smbmount Linux man page)
    – Baumann
    Mar 15, 2016 at 13:55
  • how does one do an anonymous access with cifs? Is it just a matter of setting user=anonymous? Dec 15, 2018 at 21:07
  • Just don't use 'user' at all for guest access.
    – Shadok
    Mar 8, 2019 at 17:38

Shamelessly borrowed from https://askubuntu.com/questions/101029/how-do-i-mount-a-cifs-share

terminal command is:

sudo mount -t cifs -o username=USERNAME,password=PASSWD // /mnt/share

note you may need to install cifs-utils

  • where is the sudo
    – Karsun
    Jul 14, 2020 at 9:19
open 'smb://login:pass@ip/Folder'

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