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Create an NFS Share

Last Updated May 3rd 2022, 12:41:16 am


This article demonstrates how to configure and connect to an NFS Share.


Server Setup

Install required packages

$ sudo apt install nfs-kernel-server

Create the Directory that will be Exported

$ sudo mkdir -p /export

Apply permissions

Caution: In this example we will be configuring the NFS share to be accessed without authentication.

$ sudo chmod -R 777 /export

Please Note: Setting 777 permissions to a file or directory means that it will be readable, writable, and executable by all users.

Edit the /etc/exports file:

$ sudo nano /etc/exports

The exports file defines which file systems are exported to remote hosts.

To export the folder we just created, add the following two line to /etc/exports file:


This will publish the /export folder on the local subnet,

Restart the NFS Service

To apply the changes, restart the nfs-kernel-server service:

$ sudo systemctl restart nfs-kernel-server

Client Setup

The client configuration is relatively simple.

Follow these steps tp setup and test the NFS Mountpoint on the Client.

Install the required packages

$ sudo apt install nfs-common

Create the directory on the client filesystem where the NFS share will be mounted:

$ sudo mkdir /mnt/<hostname>

Edit the /etc/fstab file

Auto Mount

To ensure the NFS shared folder is mounted by the client on every reboot, add the following line to /etc/fstab:

<nfs-server-IP>:/export /mnt nfs auto 0 0

Manual Mount

If the client will not consistently and reliably have access to the NFS server (i.e. a laptop that connects to multiple private/public networks), then use the noauto option in the /etc/fstab file instead, so that it will ‘‘not’’ automatically try to mount the filesystem at boot.

<nfs-server-IP>:/export /mnt/whitefoot nfs noauto 0 0

In this scenario, the user can manually mount the share using the following command:

$ sudo mount /mnt/whitefoot


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