Smb4k is an open source application that provides users with a straightforward way for accessing and browsing Samba shares on a local area network (LAN) using any type of Linux distribution.
Features at a glance
The project’s main purpose is to provide a program that is both easy to use and has as many features as possible, including scanning for (active) hosts, shares, and workgroups, support of the CIFS (Common Internet File System) and SMBFS (Samba file system) file systems, as well as mounting and unmounting of shares.
Among other features, we can mention automatic detection of external mounts and unmounts, network search, support for WINS server, KWallet support, system tray integration, default login, support of printer shares, as well as support of custom Samba options in the right click context menu.
Users will also be able to remount previously mounted shares when the application starts, bookmark their favorite shares, organize shares in groups, preview of the contents of a share before mounting it, specify advanced options for individual shares and servers, and synchronize a remote share with a local copy.
Another interesting feature is the ability to access the content of a mounted share using nothing but the file manager of your Linux distribution. In addition, experienced users can view and access the files in a terminal emulator.
Professional looking graphical user interface
The program’s user interface looks professional, presenting users with three main tabs, Network Neighborhood, Network Search, and Mounted Shares, which will open by default when the application starts.
Smb4k can also handle home shares, supports laptop computers, allows users to easily lookup the primary list of domains and workgroups, and displays detailed information about mounted shares and remote network components.
Summing up, the Smb4k is an acclaimed Samba shares explorer, specifically designed for the KDE project. It supports both Linux and BSD OSes, and it can be easily used under any other open source desktop environment, as long as the KDE libraries are installed.