In this article, I will take you through the steps to Install and Configure an NFS Server on Ubuntu 18.04 Using 11 Easy Steps. Network File System(NFS) Server is a generally and easily used File Sharing Server over the network. You can configure this server with minimum overhead and a remote directory can be used as a local directory in the Client System. NFS File sharing also provides you an option of sharing same directory with multiple Servers and handle multiple client connections at a time. we will go through the steps to install and configure an NFS Server on Ubuntu 18.04 in below section.
Install and Configure an NFS Server on Ubuntu 18.04
Step 1: Prerequisites
a) You need to have a running
Ubuntu 18.04 System.
b) You should have
Ubuntu/RHEL/CentOS based Client System.
c) You should have
sudo access to run all privileged commands.
d) You should have
apt get tool available in your Ubuntu Server. Check 20 Useful APT GET Examples on Ubuntu 18.04 to know more about this tool.
Step 2: Update Your System
Many times you might have observed that older version of installed libraries and packages create some issue with the installation of any new packages. Hence it is always recommended to first update your Ubuntu Server with latest release versions using
apt-get update command as shown below.
rootuser to run all the below commands.You can use any user with
sudoaccess to run all these commands. For more information Please check Step by Step: How to Add User to Sudoers to provide
sudoaccess to the User.
Step 3: Install NFS Server
Once the Server is successfully updated, you need to install the NFS Server by using
apt install nfs-kernel-server command as shown below. This command will find and install all the dependent packages required by
nfs-kernel-server package. New installed packages include
nfs-common which will install NFS Client tool and
rpcbind package which is required by NFS Server to get the client requests over the network.
Step 4: Create NFS Directory
Then you need to create a directory which can be used for NFS Sharing. Here we are creating a directory
mkdir -p /mnt/nfs command as shown below. Then we are changing the ownership of
/mnt/nfs directory to user
nobody and group
chown nobody:nogroup /mnt/nfs command. If you want provide access to the Client to write in the shared directory then you need to change the permission of
/mnt/nfs directory to
chmod -R 777 /mnt/nfs command.
Step 5: Edit /etc/exports File
Now we need to export the
/mnt/nfs directory through
/etc/exports file. Here we are using our favorite
nano editor to edit the
/etc/exports file and adding the entry as shown below. We are exporting
/mnt/nfs directory to Client
- rw : Provide access to read and write file in the shared directory.
- sync : Server will only reply to requests once changes has been done. This is safer than
- no_subtree_check : this will disable the subtree checking.
Step 6: Export NFS Directory
Next step is to export the directory
exportfs -a command as shown below. Then restart the NFS Server using
systemctl restart nfs-kernel-server command. Check exportfs Man Page to know more about different available options.
Step 7: Allow Access through Firewall
If you have firewall enabled in your Server then you need to allow NFS Port through the Firewall using below
ufw command. This command will allow all nfs related requests from Client
192.168.0.103. You can also allow multiple clients through firewall using same
ufw command. You can check Top 25 ufw firewall commands every Linux admin should know to find more about
ufw command usage.
Step 8: Install NFS Client on Client-System
Once Server setup is completed, you need to come to the client system and install few packages to test the NFS Share. If you are using
RHEL/CentOS Based System then you need not to install any packages but if you are using
Ubuntu/Debian based client systems then you need to install
nfs-common package using
apt install nfs-common command as shown below.
Step 9: Create Mount Point on Client System
You need to first create a local mount point to mount the NFS shared files. Here we are creating a mount point
/nfsclient in our Client System using
mkdir -p /nfsclient command as shown below. Using
-p option with
mkdir command will check for any error and will create the parent directory as needed.
[root@localhost ~]# mkdir -p /nfsclient
Step 10: Mount NFS Shared Partition on Client System
Now we need to mount the NFS file system using
mount -t nfs 192.168.0.108:/mnt/nfs /nfsclient command as shown below. This command will mount the NFS Shared directory
/mnt/nfs under a local mount point
/nfsclient so that all the remotely shared files acts like a local file. You can use
df -h command to see NFS mounted partition size. If you want to permanently mount the partition then you can put a entry in
/etc/fstab file. This will prevent the partition to get unmounted during a reboot of the System.
[root@localhost ~]# mount -t nfs 192.168.0.108:/mnt/nfs /nfsclient [root@localhost ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on devtmpfs 1.4G 0 1.4G 0% /dev tmpfs 1.4G 0 1.4G 0% /dev/shm tmpfs 1.4G 8.6M 1.4G 1% /run tmpfs 1.4G 0 1.4G 0% /sys/fs/cgroup /dev/mapper/centos-root 37G 11G 27G 28% / /dev/sda1 1014M 282M 733M 28% /boot tmpfs 280M 0 280M 0% /run/user/0 192.168.0.108:/mnt/nfs 20G 11G 7.8G 58% /nfsclient
Step 11: Test Your NFS Connection
If you want to test your NFS connection then you can create few files under
/mnt/nfs directory in your Server and check the availability of those files in the Client System and vice versa to confirm the NFS Share. Here we are creating
hello.txt files under
/mnt/nfs directory as shown below.
Now if you go to your client node and check files under
/nfsclient mount point then you will see all the files are visible here. This completes your NFS Server setup and configuration.
[root@localhost nfsclient]# pwd /nfsclient [root@localhost nfsclient]# ls -lrt total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jul 31 2020 hello.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jul 31 2020 file.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jul 31 2020 abc.txt