Ubuntu – Quick-and-dirty file sharing on a LAN


I have a rather large file(s), which I'd like to share between two Linux boxes on the same network. I'm somewhat familiar with scp, but how do I configure it on the host? That is, how does the host allow the client to connect? Or, is it that when you login with scp, or ssh, that since you login with username and password, just use a username and password which are on the host machine?

That is, just login to the host with an existing user/password?

I'd be interested in a GUI, along the lines of Windows File Sharing, if that's possible.

Best Answer

I would consider using NitroShare. NitroShare is a simple file sharing GUI program. It can be installed using

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/nitroshare
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nitroshare

You can launch it from your Desktop's menu (Dash, in the case of Unity), and the program will open in the system tray. It will need to be opened on both the computer sending the file and the one receiving it.

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