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Add a remote folder in Linux



Adding a remote folder in Linux or basically mounting a folder in Linux system is quite easy.

Like in copying and moving files or folder, it requires a source and a destination.

A simple copy command in Linux is:

 cp --source or any file to be copied--  --destination or where to copy the file--

In mounting a folder, using mount command does require also a source and a destination.
man mount will display the available options for this command.

Since source and destination is a pre-requisite in cp, mv or  mount command.

In mounting a remote folder, the destination folder must be ready or created first before typing the mount command.


Linux has default destination for mounting folder which is /mnt folder.

Mounting a remote folder can be also done on other location such /home /usr or other preferred locations.


To mount a folder in /mnt directory, a sub folder must be created first.

To create a folder, type: mkdir /mnt/remote_folder_101


Once the sub folder or the destination folder is created, the source folder must be supplied to the mount command, mount command can be issued or type as:


mount -t cifs //192.168.1.123/folder_101 /mnt/remote_folder_101


//192.168.121/folder_101 == is the source or the remote folder
/mnt/remote_folder_101 == is the destination or the local folder

After pressing enter the system will ask for the credentials of the remote folder, type the: remote_username and remote_password

Remote user name and remote password is required to grant access of the remote system.

Or the remote user name and remote password can also be included on the command by typing:

mount -t cifs //192.168.1.123/folder_101 /mnt/remote_folder_101 -o username=remote_username, password=remote_password


-t cifs == tells the system to use CIFS file system. It can be ext4, ext3 or another file system.

To remove or unmount the mounted folder, type: umount /mnt/remote_folder_101

umount command does not require source and destination, requires only a single input, what folder to unmount.


Till next time.. Enjoy Linux…


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