Jonathan Cremin

Read Only Samba Shares on OS X Leopard

Currently on my iMac I have a couple of external disks attached that I want to share to the rest of my house. The problem though is that when sharing through Samba I can’t make the shares read only, OS X pretends to accept the permissions change in preferences > sharing, but just changes it right back. After a little bit of poking I’ve got read only shares working.

Open a terminal and replacing {sharename} with the name of the share you set up in Preferences, type:

sudo nano /var/samba/shares/{sharename}

Now append the following line to the end of the file and hit ctrl-o to save.

read only = yes

Finally, reload the Samba config files using this:

sudo /usr/sbin/smbd reload

I'm an engineering manager living in Dublin and working at Udemy. I've built stuff for Mac, iOS, and the web, like Hostr and Want to get in touch? Email or toot @kudos.