Mount Windows Network Shares from Windows Subsystem for Linux

Using WSL by default you get full access to the Windows filesystem but not to any mapped network drives.

To mount network drives in WSL use the following command.

sudo mount -t drvfs <mapped drive letter> <mountpoint>

For example to mount a network drive mapped to F to a WSL location /mnt/f you would type

sudo mount -t drvfs F: /mnt/f/

Now you can access any file in the share.

bob@NN07:/mnt/f$ cd /mnt/f
bob@NN07:/mnt/f$ ls -la
total 43040
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Apr 21 17:35  .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root     4096 Jul 26  2021  ..
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root    24580 Apr  1 09:24  .DS_Store
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Apr 22 10:26 '1. Betalingsoversigt'
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root  4070530 Feb 21 10:56  4C75657E-AA3F-452F-8A7A-0BCC2FA9BD0B.jpeg
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root  3653911 Feb 21 10:56  5154952A-E777-4DD1-A47D-577F9A6D5F3F.jpeg
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root  3249146 Feb 21 10:56  584EEF8B-7ABB-4E1D-890A-C521F2AA7127.jpeg
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Jan 25 18:35 '99. Gamle filer'
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Mar 22 21:33  Analytics
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root  2842725 Feb 21 10:56  CCB0AF8C-223E-4A6B-8BF6-6BECC91076A4.jpeg
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Apr  7 15:39  Collection
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root      512 Jun  8  2021 'Concept Store'

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2 Comments

  1. Hi there, I am getting this error:
    mount: /mnt/r: special device R: does not exist.
    init: (836) ERROR: UtilCreateProcessAndWait:489: /bin/mount failed with status 0x2000
    init: (836) ERROR: MountPlan9:478: mount cache=mmap,rw,trans=fd,rfdno=3,wfdno=3,msize=65536,aname=drvfs;path=R:;symlinkroot=/mnt/ failed 2
    No such file or directory

    Even though I can navigate through the R: drive on my PC in file explorer. Any suggestions?

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