How can I create a network share between Elementary OS and OS/X?

In OS/X I see no hint of Elementary on the network.

In Elementary I see two entries for my MBP under Network|Entire Network. Both of these options both prompt me for a password with a dialog that specifies Domain=WORKGROUP (which seems very windowsy to me). After putting in the correct password, I'm told that the password is wrong. If I set Domain to blank, the connect button is disabled.

  • Did you enable Media Library in System Settings?
    – lemonslice
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 9:31

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Ok, all you need is samba.

  1. You have to install it first:

    sudo apt-get install samba samba-common system-config-samba python-glade2 gksu
  2. create special user for sharing files, open the application from slingshot and configure the shared folder;

  3. and don't forget to restart the services

    sudo restart smbd && sudo restart nmbd
  • this works great for accessing files from the mac to the elementary os install, but this solution still does not allow me to access macintosh shares from the elementary os system
    – Potwizard
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 23:27
  • clarification for the answer above ... you need to create the samba/CIFS share on OS X then mount it on linux you may want to install the mac server package ... I think I remember that it handles samba Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 5:16

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