smb4k  3.0.71
About: Smb4K is an advanced SMB/CIFS share (network neighborhood) browser for KDE and a frontend to the programs of the Samba software suite. Beta version.
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Smb4K is an advanced network neighborhood browser and Samba share mounting
utility. It is based on the KDE Frameworks 5, Samba's client library
(libsmbclient) and, optionally, the KDSoap WS-Discovery client. It scans 
your network neighborhood for all available workgroups, servers and shares 
and can mount all desired shares to your local file system. It is released 
under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL v2+). 
Linux, FreeBSD and its derivatives (e. g. GhostBSD and TrueOS), NetBSD and 
DragonFly BSD are officially supported.


- Scanning for (active) workgroups, hosts, and shares
- Support of the CIFS (Linux®) and SMBFS (FreeBSD) file system
- Mounting and unmounting of shares
- Access to the files of a mounted share using a file manager or terminal
- Auto-detection of external mounts and unmounts
- Remounting of previously used shares on program start
- Miscellaneous infos about remote network items and mounted shares
- Network search
- Preview of the contents of a share
- Default login
- Special handling of homes shares
- Ability to bookmark favorite shares
- System tray widget
- Support of advanced mount options
- Support of printer shares
- KWallet support
- Synchronization of a remote share with a local copy and vice versa
- Ability to define custom options for individual servers and shares
- Laptop support through the Solid hardware device framework
- Wake-On-LAN capabilities
- Plasmoid for desktop integration
- Profiles for different network neighborhood setups


Translations are provided by the KDE translators.

Supported operating systems

Smb4K officially supports Linux, FreeBSD and its derivatives (e. g. 
GhostBSD and TrueOS), NetBSD and DragonFly BSD.


To compile Smb4K, you need:
- CMake (version >= 3.2,
- GNU Compiler Collection (version >= 5.0,
  or clang/LLVM (version >= 3.0,

To be able to use the main application of Smb4K you need at least Qt, 
version >= 5.9.0 and KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5, version >= 5.44.0, 

Smb4K build depends on:
- QtCore, QtGui, QtWidgets, QtTest, QtNetwork, QtPrintSupport, QtQml
- KConfig, KAuth, KDocTools, KIconThemes, KWidgetsAddons, KI18n, 
  KCompletion, KCoreAddons, Solid, KIO, KNotifications, KXmlGui, 
  KJobWidgets, KWallet, KDBusAddons, KConfigWidgets, KWindowSystem,
  KCrash, KDNSSD
- libsmbclient

If you would like to enable WS-Discovery support, you additionally need
(see also below for required build option):
- KDSoap (version >= 1.9.0,
- KDSoap WS-Discovery client (version >= 0.2,

It also runtime depends on:
- KPlasma
- LinuxCIFS utils (Linux only,

To enable full functionality, you may also want to install these programs:
- rsync (

The full list of changes can be found in the Git log at A summary can be found in the ChangeLog file
in the tarball.

Configuration, Compilation and Installation

To configure, compile and install Smb4K follow the steps below. Make sure, 
you have read the Requirements section before you start.

1. Download the version of Smb4K you are interested in and extract the 
   source tarball:

   $ tar xvfj smb4k-x.y.z.tar.xz

2. Replace x.y.z with the version number. Change into the source code 
   directory and create a build directory:

   $ cd smb4k-x.y.z
   $ mkdir build

3. Change into the build directory:

   $ cd build

4. Configure the source:

   $ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`qtpaths --install-prefix` \
     -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..

   If Smb4K cannot find some shared libraries after the installation (e.g. 
   if you are using Kubuntu 16.04), it is necessary to add the 
   -DKDE_INSTALL_PLUGINDIR argument to the command line above:

   $ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`qtpaths --install-prefix` \
     -DKDE_INSTALL_PLUGINDIR=`qtpaths --plugin-dir` -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..

   If you want to compile Smb4K with debug symbols, replace Release by Debug.

   There are some Smb4K specific CMake arguments you might be interested in:

   -DINSTALL_HEADER_FILES=ON/OFF    Install the core header files. This is off 
                                    by default.
   -DINSTALL_PLASMOID=ON/OFF        Install the plasmoid. This is on by default.

   -DWITH_WS_DISCOVERY=ON/OFF       Build with WS-Discovery support for
                                    browsing. This is off by default.

6. After the configuration, compile and install Smb4K:

   $ make && sudo make install

   If you want to be able to remove Smb4K with your package manager later on, 
   use checkinstall instead of make install. The package should be present in 
   your distribution's repository:

   $ make && sudo checkinstall

Debugging the Source Code

If you experience crashes or similar and want to debug the source code yourself,
compile the source code with debugging symbols. The procedure is similar to the
one described in the section above, except that you need to modify the cmake 
command slightly:

   $ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`qtpaths --install-prefix` \
     -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug ..

If you found the cause for a bug, please let us know. A backtrace or a patch
will be much appreciated.

Help and Support

If you encounter problems when using Smb4K and/or need help or support, please
contact us in our 'Help' ( or 
'General Discussion' ( 


You are strongly encouraged to commit a bug report to, if you find a problem.


Smb4K is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL),
version 2. A copy of the license is available in the file COPYING.

Latest Version

The latest stable version of Smb4K can always be downloaded from