LAN Share, transfer files from PC to PC on your local network

About LANShare

In the next article we are going to take a look at LAN Share. It is a simple application to share files from PC to PC. It is a free, open source and multiplatform tool that will allow us to quickly send files between computers running Windows and / or Ubuntu and those derived distributions

File transfers are done directly, PC to PC. This will happen over our local network or Wi-Fi. No configurations required complicated nor think the slightest bit about user permissions. LAN Share is a network file transfer client written in C ++ and Qt for the graphical interface.

We can use the program to send a file or folder from one computer to another run the application. The application works on both Windows and Ubuntu. This means that we can use it to transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu, Ubuntu to Windows, Windows to Windows and obviously we can also do it Ubuntu to Ubuntu.

When using this program, we will not find third-party servers, or cloud services, or intermediate folders, or complicated protocol configurations involved in the transfer of information. We just have to install the application on each computer that we want to use, use the 'Send' menu to select the file / s or folder / s that we need to send and select the destination device.

LAN Share sending and receiving documents

One important thing to keep in mind, which is the only important requirement, is that the computers involved are in the same local network or WiFi connection.

General characteristics of LAN Share

  • It works straight away, PC to PC. No intermediate points.
  • It lacks advanced features.
  • It's more fast that if we used a cloud service like Dropbox.
  • Will allow us send files or folders, without the need for them to be compressed, between different operating systems.
  • No has size limits in sent files.
  • The user interface it offers is very simple and straightforward.
  • The main window of the program is divided in half. In the upper part we will find the sent files and the received files we will find in the lower part. Both parties will show us progress bars in real time and metadata when files are sent and / or received.
  • El Settings button provides access to options for:

LAN Share options

    • Set or change the device name.
    • We will be able to establish or change the ports.
    • Indicate the size of the file buffer.
    • Select a folder for downloads.

Download LAN Share

Air shipments are the most efficient if you need your cargo or documents to arrive quickly and securely. installers for Windows and Ubuntu They are available on the project's Github page. We will only have to go to that page and there we download the latest version of the .deb package.

Once the package download is finished, we can use the Ubuntu software utility for the installation. If we are more friends with the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), we open one and write in it:

sudo dpkg -i lanshare_1.2.1-1_amd64.deb

If we prefer not to install anything, we can use the .AppImage file. We can find this in the GitHub page of the project.


Eliminating this program from our system is very simple. We open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and write in it:

sudo apt purge lanshare

To finish, I can only say that if what you are looking for is a tool with advanced settings, especially in terms of security, this is not your application. There are other, much more efficient ways to transfer files. This application has nothing to do with SAMBA or transfers via SSH. In this article we are talking about something much simpler than all that. On the other hand, if what you are looking for is something more than walking around the house, if you are going to use it to transfer files between the computers in your home, it is a highly recommended tool.

There is no doubt that if you want to transfer files between computers quickly and easily, this is one of the best options, with simplicity as its great strength.

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    Copy the command as it is written in the note and it throws me an error of "the file cannot be processed or the directory does not exist". A pity because I have no idea how to install a program from a .deb ... I have been new to linux for 15 days, the linux commands in the terminal are for my basic Chinese and this log is very useful as I am learning the commands as I use them.
    I installed linux on my laptop out of necessity since Windows 10 decided to take a forced vacation on my laptop I still don't know why and here I am .. learning
    Mario from Rosario, Argentina

  2.   Pedro said

    Download the .deb file from the link that they put you and with a double click (if you use ubuntu or derivatives) you should be able to install it as if it were a windows .exe file.


    Thank you very much for answering.
    I did it from the terminal yesterday and it didn't work, I don't know why something I must have done wrong ... anyway
    I did it as you indicated from the * .deb, with a double click and it worked, after downloading the package from the web
    It will be very useful to me in the near future connecting the machines in my home.
    Greetings and thanks.

  4.   George said

    Hello: I have it installed on two PCs, one with linux mint and the other with kde neon, both in the
    Same network with wifi, linux mint detects neon, but neon does not detect mint and I don't know how to solve it with samba, you can see both PC

  5.   Mikel said

    Hello! After installing the windows version, in windows 10, it tells me that two libraries are missing, the MSVCR120.dll and the MSVCP120.dll

    Does anyone know what these libraries are for, and where they can be found?

    1.    robert castillo said

      You have to download Visual C ++ for Visual Studio 2013 according to your version of windows.

  6.   louis holes said

    Excellent way to transfer files between windows 10 and ubuntu 20.04, they are very easy to install and the transfer is fast. Thank you very much for the information

  7.   river said

    I see that it is only for 64 bit

    1.    Damien A. said

      I'm afraid so. Salu2.