El navegador del entorno de red

The interaction with the network neighborhood is done with the Network Neighborhood browser. It contains all network items — es decir workgroups, servers, and shares — Smb4K was able to find. They are organized in a network tree, and you can navigate through it by either clicking the control next to the item name or by executing the item itself.

In the network tree, the master browser of each workgroup or domain is highlighted by blue font color. Mounted shares are marked with the respective folder icon and an italic font.

El navegador del entorno de red

La selección de varios elementos de red está implementada. Por lo que es posible montar o previsualizar, por ejemplo, varios recursos compartidos al mismo tiempo.


Smb4K automatically scans the network neighborhood for active workgroups and domains on start-up and presents them in the network neighborhood browser. Opening a workgroup item shows the servers belonging to it. If you want to access the shares of one of the servers, you have to open the desired server.

Smb4K uses a traditional scan mode, where initially only workgroups and domains are looked up and scans are only made when necessary — es decir when you execute a network item —.

There is also the possibility to wake up sleeping servers prior to scanning the network neighborhood (Wake-On-LAN). If this feature is enabled, Smb4K sends a magic package to each server that is to be woken up and waits the defined time until it starts the lookup of the workgroups and domains. The Wake-On-LAN setting can be turned on in the configuration dialog. The servers that should to be woken up have to be defined in the Custom Options dialog.


To search the network neighborhood for shares that contain a certain search item, execute the Search (Ctrl+F) action (see also the Actions an Popup Menu section below). The search toolbar opens at the bottom of the network neighborhood browser.

The network neighborhood browser with visible search toolbar

Enter the search term in the line edit and press the Intro key or click the Search button. Smb4K starts to search the entire network neighborhood. When the search finished, all shares matching the search term are highlighted (selected). If you would like to do something with all discovered shares (por ejemplo mount or preview), you can immediately do this now. Otherwise, you can use the Up and Down buttons to jump to the individual search results. The Clear button can be used to clear the search. To close the search toolbar, press the Close button.

Acciones y menú emergente

For the network neighborhood browser several actions are defined. They are present in the menubar under Network, in the toolbar and the popup menu. The following ones are available:

Escanear red|grupo de trabajo|equipo (F5)

Escanea todo el entorno de red, grupo de trabajo/dominio resaltado o equipo en busca de nuevas entradas. Esta acción es visible de manera predeterminada y será sustituida por la acción Interrumpir si hay un escaneo de red en ejecución.

Interrumpir (Ctrl+I)

Interrumpe cualquier proceso en ejecución del navegador del entorno de red. Esta acción está oculta de manera predeterminada y solo se hará visible en lugar de la acción Explorar red|grupo de trabajo|equipo cuando se esté ejecutando una exploración de la red.

Buscar (Ctrl+B)

Search the network neighborhood for a specified search term. Activating this action opens the search toolbar where you can enter the search term and start the search.

Añadir marcador (Ctrl+M)

Add a bookmark to the currently selected remote share. This action is disabled if no share is selected.

Consulte la sección Añadir marcadores para más detalles.

Abrir diálogo de montaje (Ctrl+A)

Abra el diálogo para montar recursos «manualmente». Esta característica puede ser necesaria si Smb4K no puede encontrar un servidor desde el cual usted quiera montar un cierto recurso compartido.

Autenticación (Ctrl+T)

Abra el diálogo de autenticación. Puede proporcionar el nombre de inicio de sesión y la contraseña para el servidor o el recurso compartido seleccionado. Si no hay ningún grupo de trabajo ni elemento seleccionado, esta acción estará desactivada.

Custom Options (Ctrl+C)

Open the Custom Options dialog. You can set several custom options for the selected server or share. If a workgroup or no item is selected, this menu entry is disabled.

Vista previa (Ctrl+V)

Vista previa de los contenidos del recurso compartido remoto seleccionado. Esta acción solo está activada si hay un recurso compartido seleccionado. Las impresoras compartidas no se pueden previsualizar.

Imprimir archivo (Ctrl+P)

Imprime un archivo en una impresora remota. Esta acción solo está disponible si hay una impresora compartida seleccionada.

Montar (Ctrl+M)

Monta el recurso compartido remoto seleccionado. De manera predeterminada y si se ha hecho clic sobre cualquier elemento que no sea un recurso compartido con tipo «Disco» o «IPC», esta acción estará desactivada. Si ha seleccionado un recurso compartido montado, esta acción será sustituida por la acción Desmontar.

Desmontar (Ctrl+D)

Desmonta el recurso compartido seleccionado. Esta acción es invisible de manera predeterminada y solo se hará visible en lugar de la acción Montar cuando el recurso compartido esté montado.

Although you can interact with the network neighborhood using the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above, in most cases it is more convenient to use the mouse. By right clicking you can open a popup menu. It contains all actions that are available in the network neighborhood browser. Depending on the position where you clicked (on a network item or on the viewport), some of them may be disabled. The figure below shows the popup menu opened on a remote share.

El menú emergente del navegador del entorno de red

Consejos emergentes

For each network item a tooltip is provided that contains various information like the name of the workgroup and master browser, the name and IP address of the host, the name of the share, etc.

Los consejos emergentes se pueden desactivar en el diálogo de configuración.

Mounting a Share

Hay tres opciones disponibles para montar un recurso compartido remoto:

  1. Ejecutar el icono que representa al recurso compartido remoto en el navegador del entorno de red. (Dependiendo de su configuración de KDE, esto puede hacerse mediante un clic simple o doble sobre el icono.)

  2. Select the remote share and click the Mount menu entry. Alternatively, you can press the Ctrl+M keyboard shortcut.

  3. If Smb4K was not able to find the server where the share is located, you can press the Open Mount Dialog (Ctrl+O) menu entry and a mount dialog will be opened:

    El diálogo «Montar recurso compartido»

    Here you can enter the location of the share either as Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) address in the form




    or as URL in the form


    The OK button will be enabled and you can press it to mount the share. However, it is advisable to enter the IP address and the workgroup of the server, too. If you want to add the share to the bookmarks at the same time, tick the Add this share to the bookmarks check box.

Often a share is password protected. In this case, an authentication dialog will appear and you have to enter the correct user name (if not already provided) and password. Smb4K will proceed mounting the share unless a wrong user name or password was supplied. In that case, the authentication dialog will reappear. If the mount process was successful, the user will be shown a notification and the share will appear in the Mounted Shares view. If mounting fails, a notification with the error message that was returned by mount.cifs(8) (Linux®) or mount_smbfs(8) (BSD) will be shown.

Imprimir archivos en impresoras remotas

Para imprimir un archivo en una impresora remota, abra el diálogo de impresión haciendo clic en el icono de la impresora o seleccionando la opción de menú Imprimir archivo (Ctrl+P).

El diálogo de impresión

In the Information section various information about the printer is shown. Under File and Settings you have to provide the path to the file you want to print and the desired number of copies. Press Print to start the print process.

Smb4K currently supports PDF, Postscript, image, and text files. If you try to print a file with an unsupported mimetype, a notification with an error message will appear telling you the mimetype is not supported. In this case you have to convert the file manually to Postscript or PDF and try again.

Previsualizando recursos compartidos

Smb4K proporciona la capacidad de previsualizar recursos compartidos remotos. Si hace clic en la entrada de menú vista previa (Ctrl+V), se abrirán los recursos compartidos del recurso compartido remoto seleccionado en un diálogo de vista previa.

El diálogo de vista previa

El diálogo de vista previa actúa como un gestor de archivos sencillo. Puede navegar a través de los contenidos del recurso compartido remoto haciendo clic en los iconos de las carpetas de la vista de lista. Puede navegar a un nivel superior con el botón arriba y recargar los contenidos de la carpeta actual con el botón Recargar. La ubicación actual se muestra en la lista desplegable que hay a la derecha. También pude acceder a las carpetas ya visitadas con ella.

By default, the preview dialog only shows folders and files that are not hidden. You can change this behavior in the configuration dialog. File transfers or the like are not possible.

Proporcionando información de autenticación

Many servers or remote shares are password protected. In that case, a password dialog appears asking you for the user name and password. The same happens, if you click the Authentication (Ctrl+T) menu entry.

El diálogo de autenticación

If a user name has already been provided, it will be shown in the respective field. If it is wrong or no user name was provided, you have to enter one. The password, however, may be left blank. Clicking the OK button commits the data. Depending on your choice in the configuration dialog, the user name and password will be stored permanently in a digital wallet or not at all. In the latter case you have to provide them every time they are needed.

Defining Custom Options

Use the Custom Options dialog if you want to

  • define custom mount or Samba options for a single server or share that deviate from the ones defined in the configuration dialog,

  • define a server that should be woken up prior to network scans or mount attempts (Wake-On-LAN feature, see here),

  • always mount a certain share on start-up or if the corresponding profile is loaded.

The dialog is opened by clicking the Custom Options (Ctrl+C) menu entry. Depending on your selection, the settings either apply to all shares of a server or to a single one.

The custom options dialog

The Default button is enabled if the entries in the dialog deviate from the settings you defined in the configuration dialog. By clicking it, you can reset the entries in the dialog to their default values. The OK button is enabled if you changed the settings in the dialog. Clicking it will commit the custom settings and close the dialog.


Under BSD, the dialog contains less entries than if you run a different operating system, because several of the options are not supported.


In this tab you can define settings related to mounting. Checking the Always remount this share button for a selected share leads to it being remounted on every program start. For information about all other settings see here.


You can define the SMB port and if Kerberos should be used for authentication. For detailed information on these settings, please see here.


To make the Wake-On-LAN feature work, you need to provide the MAC address of the server you selected. Currently, Smb4K has no way to determine the MAC address, so you need to find it out on your own. Afterwards, you can define if Smb4K should send a magic Wake-On-LAN package to the selected host before the network neighborhood is scanned and/or one of its shares is mounted.

Añadiendo marcadores

A bookmark is added by selecting a remote share (only these can be bookmarked) and pressing the Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut or selecting the Add Bookmark menu item. The bookmark will then be accessible through the Bookmarks menu. See the section Bookmarks for more details.

Los marcadores se pueden utilizar para montar recursos compartidos remotos.