I was wondering if there is a way to use Samba to send items to a client machine via the command line (I need to send the files from the Samba server). I know I could always use scp but first I was wondering if there is a way to do it with Samba. Thanks!


Use smbclient, a program that comes with Samba:

$ smbclient //server/share -c 'cd c:/remote/path ; put local-file'

There are many flags, such as -U to allow the remote user name to be different from the local one.

On systems that split Samba into multiple binary packages, you may have the Samba servers installed yet still be missing smbclient. In such a case, check your package repository for a package named smbclient, samba-client, or similar.

  • I keep getting Connection to [IP] failed (Error NT_STATUS_CONNECTION_REFUSED) – t0xic May 30 '15 at 0:18
  • When I wrote //server above, I mean what you are calling the client machine, which in this case is acting as a server. It needs to have a folder or drive shared via SMB for this to work. – Warren Young May 30 '15 at 0:27
  • Oh... that won't really work for me. I guess I'll just use scp. Thanks anyway though! – t0xic May 30 '15 at 11:09
  • @fleebow8: You can install a third-party SCP server on the client machines, but you can't right-click a folder in Windows Explorer and say "Share"? – Warren Young May 30 '15 at 17:43
  • I have a specific project I'm doing where I want everything to be automatic. – t0xic May 30 '15 at 22:11

curl supports the smb protocol since v7.40: curl --upload-file /path/to/file.ext -u 'DOMAIN\Username' smb://

  • This worked great for me: curl --upload-file /home/me/local_file.txt --user "OurWindowsDomain\UserName:thePassword" smb:// I got a list of all the available sharenames with smbclient -L // -U UserName%thePassword -W OurWindowsDomain – Matthias Braun Feb 4 at 11:38

Really working will be this:

$ smbclient //server/share -c 'cd c:/remote/path ; put local-file remote-file'

local-file - file from local machine

remote-file - copy to this file on remote machine


Another way if the share is already mounted by fuse

If you are running some desktop with shares already mounted by nautilus, caja or any other file manager, you could be using fuse (instead of smbclient).

If so, you may find some mountpoints at:

ls -l /run/user/$UID/gvfs/
drwx------ 1 charlie charlie 0 Feb  2 10:04 smb-share:server=hostname,share=documents

Yes this is a mountpoint!

df -h /run/user/$UID/gvfs/*
Filesystem      Size   Used  Avail  Use% Mounted on
gvfsd-fuse      16.2T  3.6T  12.6T   59% /run/user/1000/gvfs

And you could use it as a regular filesystem.

cp $HOME/myfile \

smbclient Version 4.9.5-Debian and curl 7.64.0 didn't work for me (Linux kali 4.19.0-kali4-amd64)

This did:

smbmap -H server -u username -p password --upload local-filename share\\remote-filename

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