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Access password protected remote (shared) folder

Julio Fernandez

Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 7
Hi everyone,

I have an issue while trying to to access a password protected remote (shared) folder from a non-web java application...

So far, I'm able to do so if it would not be password protected by just using java.oi.File and accessing the folder as if it is local but I don't know how I can achieve the same thing when it is password protected, I mean, I know it would be easier if I can access this "resource" through an HTTP request or similar but, since it's file protocol, I could not find much information.

I've also looked at URL and URLConnection classes and it's the same thing, when there is no user / password restriction, I'm able to get there, otherwise, I'm not so, I don't know if I'm missing something with those classes or if there's any way I can pass username / password as parameters when accessing this remote (shared) folder using the file protocol...

Hopefully you guys can help me out on this one, thanks in advance...

Julio Fernandez
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
What kind of file server is this? If it's SMB, then the jCIFS library ( can access password-protect files. Its API mimics the File/FileInputStream/FileOutputStream classes exactly, so it should not be hard to adapt your code to it.
Julio Fernandez

Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 7
Hi Ulf,

Thanks for the quick reply!, Although I'm not 100% sure, it's most likely Samba so, let me check the jCIFS library to see how it works...

Julio Fernandez
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 20279

If it's a Windows share, that's SMB alright. Samba is the name of the main UNIX library to access SMB shares.

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