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Samba docker container

What is Samba?

Since 1992, Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services
for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol, such as all versions of DOS and
Windows, OS/2, Linux and many others.

How to use this image

By default there are no shares configured, additional ones can be added.

Hosting a Samba instance

sudo docker run -it -p 139:139 -p 445:445 -d dperson/samba

OR set local storage:

sudo docker run -it --name samba -p 139:139 -p 445:445 \
            -v /path/to/directory:/mount \
            -d dperson/samba


sudo docker run -it --rm dperson/samba -h
Usage: [-opt] [command]
Options (fields in '[]' are optional, '<>' are required):
    -h          This help
    -c "<from:to>" setup character mapping for file/directory names
                required arg: "<from:to>" character mappings separated by ','
    -g "<parameter>" Provide global option for smb.conf
                required arg: "<parameter>" - IE: -g "log level = 2"
    -i "<path>" Import smbpassword
                required arg: "<path>" - full file path in container
    -n          Start the 'nmbd' daemon to advertise the shares
    -p          Set ownership and permissions on the shares
    -r          Disable recycle bin for shares
    -S          Disable SMB2 minimum version
    -s "<name;/path>[;browse;readonly;guest;users;admins;writelist;comment]"
                Configure a share
                required arg: "<name>;</path>"
                <name> is how it's called for clients
                <path> path to share
                NOTE: for the default values, just leave blank
                [browsable] default:'yes' or 'no'
                [readonly] default:'yes' or 'no'
                [guest] allowed default:'yes' or 'no'
                [users] allowed default:'all' or list of allowed users
                [admins] allowed default:'none' or list of admin users
                [writelist] list of users that can write to a RO share
                [comment] description of share
    -u "<username;password>[;ID;group]"       Add a user
                required arg: "<username>;<passwd>"
                <username> for user
                <password> for user
                [ID] for user
                [group] for user
    -w "<workgroup>"       Configure the workgroup (domain) samba should use
                required arg: "<workgroup>"
                <workgroup> for samba
    -W          Allow access wide symbolic links
    -I          Add an include option at the end of the smb.conf
                required arg: "<include file path>"
                <include file path> in the container, e.g. a bind mount

The 'command' (if provided and valid) will be run instead of samba


  • CHARMAP - As above, configure character mapping
  • GLOBAL - As above, configure a global option
  • IMPORT - As above, import a smbpassword file
  • NMBD - As above, enable nmbd
  • PERMISSIONS - As above, set file permissions on all shares
  • RECYCLE - As above, disable recycle bin
  • SHARE - As above, setup a share
  • SMB - As above, disable SMB2 minimum version
  • TZ - Set a timezone, IE EST5EDT
  • USER - As above, setup a user
  • WIDELINKS - As above, allow access wide symbolic links
  • WORKGROUP - As above, set workgroup
  • USERID - Set the UID for the samba server
  • GROUPID - Set the GID for the samba server
  • INCLUDE - As above, add a smb.conf include

NOTE: if you enable nmbd (via -n or the NMBD environment variable), you
will also want to expose port 137 and 138 with -p 137:137/udp -p 138:138/udp.

NOTE2: there are reports that -n and NMBD only work if you have the
container configured to use the hosts network stack.


Any of the commands can be run at creation with docker run or later with
docker exec -it samba (as of version 1.3 of docker).

Setting the Timezone

sudo docker run -it -e TZ=EST5EDT -p 139:139 -p 445:445 -d dperson/samba

Start an instance creating users and shares:

sudo docker run -it -p 139:139 -p 445:445 -d dperson/samba \
            -u "example1;badpass" \
            -u "example2;badpass" \
            -s "public;/share" \
            -s "users;/srv;no;no;no;example1,example2" \
            -s "example1 private share;/example1;no;no;no;example1" \
            -s "example2 private share;/example2;no;no;no;example2"

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If you have any problems with or questions about this image, please contact me
through a GitHub issue.

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