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How to Transfer and Share Files Between Windows and Linux

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Copying data from a Windows PC to Linux—or in the other direction—can seem intimidating at first. After all, it's something that seems like it should be simple, but turns out to be difficult.

In truth, sharing files from Windows to Linux is easy, but only if you know how to do it. Ready to find out?

5 Ways to Transfer Files from Windows to Linux

Transferring data between Windows and Linux operating systems is easier than you think. We've compiled five ways for you to do this:

Share network folders

Transfer files with FTP

Securely copy files via SSH

Share data using sync software

Use shared folders in your Linux virtual machine

With each of these methods you'll be able to easily (and in some cases, effortlessly) move files between operating systems.

Let's look at them in turn and find out which one suits you best.

1. Share Network Folders Between Linux and Windows

The most obvious way to share files between Linux and Windows is to take advantage of network shares. This term refers to folders on one PC that are available to users on other machines. On a Windows-only network this is easy to set up. Adding a Linux device complicates matters slightly, although this can be overcome.

Starting on the Windows machine, right-click the network connection icon in the system tray and select Open Network & internet Settings. Next, click Sharing options and for the current profile enable

Turn on network discovery

Turn on file and printer sharing

Click Save changes to confirm, then browse to the folder containing the files you wish to share. Right-click the folder, select Properties and open the Sharing tab. Here, click Advanced Sharing then check the Share this folder box.


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