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asked 2018-01-28 07:50:40 -0500

alfC gravatar image

updated 2018-04-18 18:52:44 -0500

I have Windows 10 installed in Gnome Boxes.

What is the recommended way to share directories and files between the host and the guest operating system?

I tried using Nautilus -> smb://VMWIN/ but it doesn't work.

I can't see the host computer from the virtual Windows box either? What method do you use to connect these two environments?

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I use a sftp client like filezilla inside the windows guest and enable ssh access in the host. Works fine for me, but I only have small amounts of files to transfer.

cpetepf gravatar imagecpetepf ( 2018-01-29 00:22:54 -0500 )edit

@cpetepf, ok I am going to try that. In previous boxes I used the Window network to connect but it didn't work consistently.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-01-29 02:57:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-01-30 09:56:37 -0500

Felipe Borges gravatar image

Boxes now has shared folders support.

You just need to install the spice-guest-tools and the spice-webdav daemon in your Windows Guest.

spice-guest-tools -> spice-webdav daemon ->

Both source codes are available at

After installing these on your Windows system, you might need to reboot it.

The Sharing Folder preferences are in the Properties dialog in Boxes (right click in the machine -> Properties). In the "Devices & Shares" tab. There you can add a folder from your Host that will be available inside your guest (the ~/Public one is shared by default).

This is available in gnome-boxes-3.26 and newer. Fedora 27 ships 3.26.

Let us know if you run into any problems with this solution.

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Thank you for your help, I installed the guest tools and webdav. The problem I have is that I see the "+" in Devices and Shares tab but the ballon menu that appears later is not functional as I cannot add folders.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-01-31 01:28:04 -0500 )edit

It works now. Fedora 27.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-04-18 18:54:09 -0500 )edit

This solution looks very promising, DavWWWroot is in my Win7 guest available, but it is empty (share folder is added in Properties). I can make it work (folder appears) only when I go to VMs Properties -> Devices & Shares (just visit this tab). After that, when I reload explorer in Win7, folder is available.

happymaster23 gravatar imagehappymaster23 ( 2018-04-24 15:14:28 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-06-23 18:08:40 -0500

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updated 2018-06-23 18:09:46 -0500

You need to access to windows shared folders from a fedora ? Are you managing windows sharing server ?

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Yes, I need a common place where I can read and write from both systems (Fedora and the Windows Box).

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-07-08 04:31:01 -0500 )edit

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