Although WD MyCloud does not officially support Linux, it uses Samba for network mount. This post will explain how to mount a password-protected WD MyCloud share to Ubuntu 18.04 and enable automatic mount at start up.

Note: This solution works for any network attached storage (NAS) that supports Samba. For example, it works for my Synology NAS when I migrated to it.

Install CIFS

You will need to install CIFS (Common Internet File System) in your Linux system, if it is not already installed:

sudo apt install cifs-utils

Create Mount Point for Your Shares

You will need a separate directory for each share. You can create them under /media or /mnt.

sudo mkdir /media/<share_name>

<share_name> is the name of your share.

Create Password File

The configuration of your network mount is in /etc/fstab file. Because it is readable by everyone and so is your password in it, you should use a credentials file. This is a file that contains just the username and password to your WD MyCloud.

vim ~/.smbcredentials

Enter your username and password in the file:


Save and exit vim. By default, this file can be read by your user but not other users.

Edit Mount File

Edit /etc/fstab with root privileges:

sudo vim /etc/fstab

And add this line for each share:

//<server_name>/<share_name>  /media/<share_name>  cifs  uid=<user_name>,credentials=/home/<user_name>/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8 0 0

This line refers to your previously-created password file, and enable special permissions (like chmod etc.) to your mount.

As an example, I have a WD MyCloud EX2 which a static IP address of, and I would like to mount a shared named “Archive”. My Ubuntu username is ubuntu and the password file is thus located at /home/ubuntu/.smbcredentials. I added the following line to /etc/fstab:

// /media/Archive cifs uid=ubuntu,credentials=/home/ubuntu/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8 0 0


Test the fstab entry by issuing:

sudo mount -a

If there are no errors, you should test how it works after a reboot. Your remote share should mount automatically.