The Mounted Shares View

In the shares view, you can interact with the mounted shares on your system.

Different Views

Smb4K comes with two alternative views: an icon view and a list view. They are both shown below. The icon view is the default.

The icon view:

The shares icon view

The list view:

The shares list view

You can switch between the two views by selecting the appropriate entry in the View Modes submenu of the tool bar, in the menu bar under Shares or in the shares view's popup menu.

By default, only your own mounts are displayed. However, you can adjust Smb4K to show all mounts with the respective settings.

Actions and Popup Menu

In the shares view, several options are defined. They are present in the menu bar under Shares, in the tool bar, and in the popup menu. The following options are available:

View Modes

Choose the view mode from the submenu.

Icon View

The shares are shown in an icon view.

List View

The shares are shown in a list view.

Unmount (Ctrl+U)

Unmount the selected shares. If no share is selected in the shares view, this button is disabled.

Read the Unmounting Shares section for more details.

Unmount All (Ctrl+N)

Unmount all shares at once. If you do not have any shares mounted, this button is disabled.

Read the Unmounting Shares section for more details.

Add Bookmark (Ctrl+B)

Add bookmarks to the selected shares. This action is disabled if no share is selected.

Read the Adding Bookmarks section for more details.

Add Custom Settings (Ctrl+C)

Open the custom settings editor for the selected shares. Read the section about the Custom Settings editor for more details.

Synchronize (Ctrl+Y)

Synchronize a share with a local copy or vice versa. This menu entry is only enabled if you installed the program rsync(1) and a share is selected.

Open with Konsole (Ctrl+L)

Open the base folder of a share in Konsole. This menu item is useful if you need to run shell scripts, etc.

Open with File Manager (Ctrl+I)

Open the contents of a share in the default file manager.

The popup menu includes all the actions that can be performed on a mounted share:

The popup menu of the shares view

It can be opened by clicking the right mouse button.


The tooltips provide information about the remote location of the share, the mountpoint, the user and group, the login, the file system, the disk usage, and the free disk space. If the share is inaccessible, these values are marked as unknown.

Tooltips are enabled by default. You can deactivate them in the configuration dialog.

Inaccessible Shares

Smb4K periodically checks all mounted shares if they are still accessible. If an inaccessible share is encountered, it will be marked with a lock symbol and you will not be able to open or synchronize it anymore. Unmounting and adding a bookmark is still possible.


The program might freeze for a short period of time due to an inaccessible share. It will recover afterwards.

Shares Owned by Other Users

Shares owned by other users are only shown if you adjusted the settings to display them. In the default configuration, you are not allowed to unmount these shares, but you can change this behavior, too.


A mounted share is indicated by a small, corresponding symbol in the lower corner of the folder icon. This changes to a lock for shares that are not accessible. For shares that belong to another user, it is replaced by a warning sign.


Smb4K supports drag-and-drop in the shares view. To transfer or link data to a share, drag the files and/or folders over the share icon and drop them there. A popup menu will open asking you what to do. Choose the appropriate action (copy, move or link).

A popup menu opened after the user dropped a file onto a share

To avoid the popup menu, press the Shift key for moving, the Ctrl key for copying and the Ctrl+Shift key combination for linking while dragging and dropping. The transfer will only be successful if the share was mounted with read and write permissions.

You can also drag and drop the whole share to the desktop or to another application (e.g. Dolphin). Again, a popup menu will open asking you, what to do. When choosing the appropriate operation, please remember that under most circumstances moving and linking the share might not be a good idea.

Unmounting Shares

One or multiple selected shares may be unmounted by either clicking the Unmount (Ctrl+U) action, or by pressing its keyboard shortcut. By default, the ability to unmount a share is restricted to the ones that are owned by you. This behavior can be altered in the configuration dialog. If you enabled the unmounting of shares that are owned by other users, you will be presented with a warning dialog prior to the actual unmount. If you proceed, the share will definitely be unmounted. So, please think twice before you decide to unmount those shares!

Smb4K provides the ability to force unmounting of shares (Linux® only). This can be useful with inaccessible shares that cannot in be unmounted the normal way. To enable this feature, you need to modify the settings in the configuration dialog. Smb4K will then perform a lazy unmount on inaccessible shares.

All shares can be unmounted at once by clicking the Unmount All (Ctrl+N) action. Depending on your settings, this will also unmount foreign and inaccessible shares.

After a successful unmount process, the user is notified. If unmounting fails, a notification with the returned error message is shown.

Defining Custom Settings

For the selected shares custom settings can be defined. Click the Add Custom Settings (Ctrl+C) action to open the Custom Settings dialog. For more details, please see this section.


The Synchronize (Ctrl+Y) menu item opens the synchronization dialog. It offers the mount point of the share as the source and a path below the synchronization prefix as the destination. To update the data on the share, you can swap the destination with the source by clicking the Swap Paths button.

URL requester for sync'ing

Clicking the Synchronize button starts the synchronization and a progress dialog is shown that shows details about the transfer.

Progress dialog

The synchronization can be canceled at any time by pressing the stop button to the right of the progress bar.

Opening a Share

Smb4K provides two possibilities to open a mounted share:

  • Open a share with KonsoleYou can open the mounted share in Konsole by selecting the Open with Konsole (Ctrl+L) action. This is useful if you need to run a shell script on the share or do spmething similar.

  • Open a share with the default file manager. You can open the share in the default file manager (e.g. Dolphin) by clicking the share icon or by selecting the Open with File Manager (Ctrl+I) action.


If a share is marked as inaccessible, it cannot be opened.